AUSA News October 2010 


October AUSA News cover

October Special Report


Special Report:
Army National Guard and
U.S. Army Reserve

Vol. 33, No. 12

Listed below are the articles and features of our October 2010 issue of AUSA News. Please visit the AUSA News Archive for online access to previous issues.

Leaving Iraq


U.S. will still have security presence in Iraq

The withdrawal of the last American combat forces "doesn’t mean an end to our relationship with Iraq," a senior American diplomat said, but it means civilians from the Department of State, the Department of Agriculture and the Agency for International Development are coming in to build a new relationship that "rests firmly on the foundation that the military has built."
BCT soldiers


Last combat brigade withdraws

The first wave of soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, departed Baghdad Aug. 13 as the last combat brigade to leave Iraq, as part of the responsible drawdown of troops in Iraq.
Fort Hood honor detail


DoD releases final report on Fort Hood shootings

The Defense Department, in releasing its final report on force protection in the wake of the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings that left 12 soldiers and one civilian dead, called on commanders to be more aware of potential workplace violence, expanding emergency response capabilities on post and allowing commanders better access to service members’ personnel records.
Sec. Gates


Gates plans cuts to save $100 billion over 5 years

Secretary Robert Gates said he plans to eliminate Joint Forces Command, reduce the number of generals and admirals by 50 and senior executive service civilians by 150, cut thousands of jobs of outside contractors working for the Defense Department and ordered a three-year freeze on the number of senior positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, defense agencies and combatant commands.
Jonathan Woodson


DoD, private sector should team to control retiree health costs, Woodson testifies

Nominee for assistant  secretary of defense for health affairs looks at advancing health care.