2019 Annual Meeting News
Tuesday, October 15th
The Army is looking for ways to make PCS moves easier for soldiers and families, but Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville is not in favor of moving families during off-peak season.
“Some people are talking about, ‘Hey, we’ll move soldiers off peak’—I don’t sign up for that,” McConville said during a senior leadership town hall Oct. 15 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Families tend to move in the summer—the peak permanent change-of-station moving season—because children are out of school, he said.Read the Full Article »
A massive multinational exercise set to begin in April is "the right type of exercise" to foster readiness in Europe, a senior U.S. commander in the region said.
"This exercise is part of preparedness," Lt. Gen. J. T. Thomson, commander of NATO Allied Land Command, said about the upcoming Defender-Europe 2020.
Thomson made his remarks Oct. 15 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, where panelists discussed the forthcoming exercise, the largest deployment of U.S.-based land forces to Europe in the last quarter-century.Read the Full Article »
Army spouses looking for employment can face challenges—frequent moves and state licensing requirements, for example—but they have a community of resources and opportunities available to help, experts say.
“Family wellbeing is holistic and requires that we acknowledge and support every member of the family when needed and reach out to others as we can,” Lee Kelly, director of military community support programs in the Defense Department’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy, said Oct. 15 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Symposium.Read the Full Article »
As the Army pushes ahead with its modernization efforts, people – soldiers, Army civilians, veterans, retirees and family members – will always remain the No. 1 priority, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said Oct. 15.
In his first Eisenhower Luncheon address as the Army’s top general, McConville previewed the upcoming Army people strategy and reinforced the importance of matching the right person to the right job and building cohesive teams across the force.Read the Full Article »
The Army is open for business, and it wants good ideas.
Panelists delivered that message Oct. 14 during an appearance at the Army's Warriors Corner booth at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
"We don't have all the good ideas," said Brig Gen. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team. As such, he said, the Army is looking for innovators. That in itself is a challenge, one panelist said.Read the Full Article »
The Army needs continued, bipartisan help to maintain the aggressive pace of improvements across the force, its leaders said Oct 15.
Speaking at a congressional breakfast during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said the Army is on a solid path of both increasing readiness and making leaps forward in modernization, but these efforts could dry up without continued financial and policy support.
“We need your help,” McCarthy said, noting that the Army requires stable budgets, but it faces uncertainty because a temporary government funding bill expires in six weeks.Read the Full Article »
The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office utilized the AUSA 2019 Warriors Corner to provide an update on the introduction of new hypersonic and directed energy technologies to the force.
“The purpose of the [RCCTO] is to move stuff from the science and technology community into prototypes at the unit of action level,” explained Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition at the RCCTO. “We take stuff that is done or near done, produce a prototype and give it to a combat unit, so they can try it in the field.”Read the Full Article »
A new marketing campaign and a focused effort to bring in the right soldiers by getting the right recruiters on the job are part of the Army’s multi-pronged effort to make people a top priority.
What’s Your Warrior? is the question posed by a new marketing strategy designed to use the concept of talent management to reach people who are unaware of what the Army does and what careers it offers.Read the Full Article »
Artificial intelligence has become a common part of everyday life, and it will continue to be an enabling technology for each of the Army’s modernization priorities, the director of the Army’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force said during an Oct. 14 Warriors Corner session at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
“I walked into the AUSA [annual meeting] one year ago, and what did I see? AI was everywhere. It’s become a pervasive part of our civilian society,” Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley said.Read the Full Article »
The Army is ready to fight today, but it will not be ready for the future fight unless it modernizes the force, Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, said Oct. 14.
After seven months in his job of ensuring the Army is tactically ready, Garrett said, the “Army is ready to fight and win today … but the challenge is, how do we maintain sufficient amounts of readiness to meet our national defense strategy requirements?”Read the Full Article »
The highlight of Day Two of AUSA 2019 is the Eisenhower Luncheon address by new Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, but this will be a day with a wide variety of events for soldiers, Army civilians and family members.
The day will conclude with an evening concert by Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band that is open to anyone registered for the annual meeting.
On-site registration opens at 7 a.m.Read the Full Article »
Monday, October 14th
The Army recognizes the need for community support as it shifts away from spouse-only programs to all-encompassing soldier and family readiness groups.
“Social support and connectedness are critical for family readiness and we recognize that,” Col. Steve Lewis, chief of the family programs branch in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, said while speaking at a military family forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition on Oct. 14.Read the Full Article »
The Association of the U.S. Army is focusing its efforts on a strategic plan with an eye toward 2025, retired Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA’s president and CEO, told the association’s chapter leaders.
The strategic plan, which is a directive from AUSA’s Council of Trustees, aligns with a significant year for both the Army and the association – the Army’s 250th birthday and AUSA’s 75th anniversary, Ham said.Read the Full Article »
The Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle team utilized the AUSA 2019 Warriors Corner Oct. 14 to highlight the changing Army modernization environment and how that translates to the accelerated delivery of warfighter capabilities.
Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commanding general of Combat Capabilities Development Command, opened the presentation by emphasizing many of the changes of the last few years, and how those changes have created a type of synergy across the vehicle modernization enterprise.Read the Full Article »
Senior military leaders would do well to engage on social media, because that's where their troops are, media-savvy panelists said to an audience that live-tweeted their comments.
The comments and live-tweets occurred Oct. 14 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Steve Leonard, who created the popular Doctrine Man comic strip, echoed a social media post from Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, who wrote last week that senior leaders need to "get on the bus" of social media.Read the Full Article »
The Army announced the winners of the 18th annual Best Warrior Competition during an Oct. 14 luncheon at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
The 2019 Soldier of the Year is Spc. David Chambers, representing U.S. Army Forces Command, and the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Staff Sgt. Dakota Bowen from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
“You represent what we want in our soldiers: physically fit, dedicated professionals,” said keynote speaker Gen. Joseph Martin, the Army’s vice chief of staff.Read the Full Article »
The Army is changing the way it recruits, develops and trains soldiers—and it’s looking to Generation Z for how to do it, a senior leader said.
“We have to train leaders to fight and win in this environment,” Col. Timothy Hummel, director of G-2 Operational Environment at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said while speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition on Oct. 14.
The Army recognizes the need to change as it focuses on developing its future leaders, some of whom are coming into the Army now, he said.Read the Full Article »
The first day of the largest annual land warfare exposition in North America features a major address from new Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the unveiling of the Army’s Soldier and NCO of the Year, a key presentation from the service’s new senior enlisted leader, and much more.
The 65th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army is being held for the 17th time at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A crowd of more than 30,000 is expected to attend the three-day event Oct. 14-16, featuring more than 650 exhibits spread over more than 300,000 square feet of space, including eight international pavilions.Read the Full Article »
TArmy Secretary Ryan McCarthy said he welcomes candid opinions from soldiers, including those who disagree with national policy decisions, such as the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.
In remarks at a press conference Oct. 14 with McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, McCarthy said that “more and more soldiers are very candid about how they feel.”
“I like candor, it’s important to have that. You obviously don’t want to have disobedience, but they have to have opinions,” McCarthy said.Read the Full Article »
The role of the National Museum of the U.S. Army in building support for Army programs and renewed respect for soldiers was a major part of the discussion as a small group of U.S. and foreign military representatives and defense industry executives took part in a senior executive staff ride.
The event was arranged as part of the buildup to the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, which begins Oct. 14.Read the Full Article »
With a dire warning that America’s adversaries are investing billions in new weapons and methods, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the Army must continue its push to increase readiness, improve its strategic mobility and focus on modernization or risk losing the next war.
“Russia and especially China are on a trajectory to surpass U.S. capability,” McCarthy said. “Both seek to modernize, to man and gain overmatch against the U.S. and our allies. Either you have a sense of urgency today or a sense of regret tomorrow.”Read the Full Article »
During a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Pentagon, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy pledged to be the secretary soldiers deserve and continue to push the service to modernize and remain the most lethal fighting force in the world.
“We must maintain a sense of urgency, negate bureaucracy and dogma and remain steadfast in our priorities of readiness, modernization and reform,” McCarthy said during the Oct. 10 ceremony hosted by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.Read the Full Article »
From fitness and nutrition to mastering the fundamentals, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston wants to empower noncommissioned officers to take care of their soldiers and build cohesive teams.
In remarks Oct. 14 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Grinston called on the audience, many of them NCOs, to focus on an initiative he calls "This is My Squad".
“This is my squad, I don’t let anything happen to my squad,” Grinston said. “It shows ownership, something you’re proud of. This is going to be the driving force.”Read the Full Article »