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AUSA NOW EVENTS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

If you missed a contemporary military forum, major speech or Warriors Corner presentation during AUSA Now, they are now available for on-demand viewing.

 

The Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual annual meeting took place Oct. 13–16, and it was packed with addresses from senior Army leaders, contemporary military forums, military family forums, webinars from industry partners and more.

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DAY THREE - OCT. 15

ARMY INTEL SEEKS TO EXPLOIT TACTICAL SPACE CAPABILITIES

The Army is taking to space as it works to expand “the depth and breadth” of its ability to quickly and accurately deliver intelligence to troops on the battlefield, said Lt. Gen. Laura Potter, deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

 

Speaking Oct. 16 during a Warriors Corner presentation at AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Potter talked about the Army’s plans to better use tactical space assets to help deliver intelligence with greater speed, precision and accuracy.

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CADETS SOLDIER ON THROUGH ‘UNIQUE,’ CHALLENGING YEAR

In a year marked by strife and a pandemic that restricted activities within the Army’s cadet corps, leaders at the service’s three commissioning institutions say they’ve worked to imbue future leaders with a sense of urgency and cultural sensitivity as they transform from civilians into Army officers.

 

Maj. Gen. John Evans, commander of Army Cadet Command, made the difficult decision this year to cancel cadet summer training, the Army’s largest training event of the year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of that and with restrictions on classes because of the virus, he said he told cadets at more than 1,000 college campuses that they “need to focus on making every minute count.”

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LEADERS MAINTAIN FOCUS ON QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SOLDIERS, FAMILIES

The Army is making progress—and seeing results—after rolling out several initiatives within the past year to improve quality of life for soldiers and their families.

 

“We listened to your feedback, understood the issues and laid out our way ahead,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Oct. 15 in a town hall meeting during AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual 2020 annual meeting. 

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VITA INCLINATA WINS XTECHSEARCH 4.0

The company behind a next-generation hoist rescue stabilization system for aeromedical evacuations has won the fourth round of the Army’s xTechSearch competition.

 

Vita Inclinata Technologies of Broomfield, Colorado, was named the winner of xTechSearch 4.0 in a presentation Oct. 15 during AUSA Now, the association of the U.S. Army’s virtual annual meeting. The company will receive a $250,000 prize.

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FUTURE VERTICAL LIFT GIVES ARMY AVIATION ‘PHENOMENAL’ EDGE

Army aviation is on a “fantastic glide slope” as it continues to push ahead to develop next-generation aircraft for the future battlefield, said Maj. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Alabama.

 

The aircraft being developed as part of the Future Vertical Lift effort will “inform how we will fight in the future,” Francis said Oct. 15 during a Warriors Corner presentation as part of AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

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GUARD PROGRAM IS ‘GREATEST’ BUT LITTLE-KNOWN SECURITY TOOL

The National Guard’s state partnership program is “the greatest national security tool that most people have never heard of,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the 29th National Guard Bureau chief.

 

Speaking at a forum during AUSA Now, the virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Hokanson said the program provides durable ties between the U.S. and other nations that is unmatched by anyone else. It also provides exchanges with a variety of purposes, from disaster planning to military vehicle maintenance to leadership training, he said.

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‘HOLISTIC’ TRANSFORMATION UNDERWAY AT ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE

A 15-year plan to modernize the Army’s organic industrial base is taking place with “holistic transformational change” in the service’s ammunition and maintenance depots and arsenals, said Gen. Edward Daly, commander of Army Materiel Command.

 

“When we say modernize, it's just not applying a couple of initiatives that may be 21st century in approach to a 20th century organic industrial base. It’s holistic transformational change,” Daly said Oct. 15 in a contemporary military forum on sustainment modernization during AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

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SMA CONTINUES EFFORT TO BUILD STRONG JUNIOR LEADERS

The Army is working to give junior leaders more time so they can focus on getting to know their soldiers and building disciplined, fit and proficient teams, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said.

 

“This has got all of our attention,” he said. “In order to be able to know everybody in your squad, I’ve got to give you time to know your soldiers.”

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‘Upside Down’ PCS Season Hasn’t Stopped Soldiers from Moving

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic turning this year’s permanent change-of-station season “upside down,” the Army has managed to keep soldiers moving while keeping them safe, officials said.

 

“The Army met the challenge and safely completed over 72,000 PCS moves in 2020, and we’re not done yet,” Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, commanding general of Army Installation Management Command, said Oct. 15 during AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual 2020 annual meeting.

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NEW PROGRAM BOOSTS SOLDIERS’ DATA SCIENCE SKILLS

The Army is working to build more data science and data engineering expertise in the force by adding a short-term certification program to a pilot program underway now at a leading university.

 

The upcoming program will select a number of soldiers to do a six-month certification program in data science through Carnegie Mellon University, a “world leader in data science,” after which the soldiers will return to the force, said Maj. Gen. J.P. McGee, director of the Army Talent Management Task Force.

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SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT SET TO ‘REVOLUTIONIZE’ TRAINING

The Army’s efforts to build a synthetic training environment will “revolutionize” the way soldiers train for years to come, said Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, director of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team. 

 

Speaking Oct. 15 during a Warriors Corner presentation at AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Gervais said her team is working closely with academia, government and industry partners.

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‘THE ARMY FAMILY’ RECEIVES AUSA’S HIGHEST HONOR

The Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award for selfless service to the United States was symbolically presented Oct. 15 to “The Army Family.”

 

The Marshall Award, named for soldier-statesman Gen. George Catlett Marshall, traditionally goes to an individual. This is the second time since 1960 that it has been awarded to a group. The previous time was in 2004, when it was awarded to the American soldier.

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RAPID CAPABILITIES OFFICE TARGETS SOLDIER NEEDS

The Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office is set to deliver new, leap-ahead technology to the force as the service continues to transform and modernize for the future battlefield, a senior leader said.

 

“Every year, for the next five years, the RCCTO will deliver at least one piece of equipment that's new to the battlespace at the tactical level,” Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition, said Oct. 15.

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ESPER CREDITS ARMY FOR LEADING DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION

Defense Secretary Mark Esper credits the Army as leading military transformation in an era of great-power competition. He even called the Army “ruthless.”

 

The former Army secretary, who assumed the top Pentagon post last year, said, “The future of warfare is being shaped right now, before our eyes, and the Army proudly stands at the forefront.” 

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WEST POINT FOCUSING ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point teaches many things to cadets, but a new focus over the past 15 months has been a campaign about character. 

 

Brig. Gen. Curtis Buzzard, West Point’s commandant of the Corps of Cadets, said the goal is creating cohesive teams in which leaders make the right decisions and members have confidence in their leaders. This means “choosing the harder right over the greater wrong,” Buzzard said.

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DAY 3 OF AUSA NOW KICKS OFF WITH ESPER ADDRESS

The third day of AUSA Now features an address by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a town hall focused on family issues and many other forums and events.

 

Esper opens the day’s main events with a presentation at 10 a.m. 

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Day Two - Oct. 14

ARMY WORKS TO MAXIMIZE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE

As the Army rolls out talent management initiatives across the force, it is also launching a sweeping plan to build a better future for its civilian workforce, senior leaders said. 

 

“People bring unique gifts to the Army,” E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said Oct. 14 during an Army civilian forum at AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2020 virtual annual meeting.

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NEW DEPLOYMENT MODEL PROVIDES PREDICTABILITY

The Army is developing a new model that would prepare soldiers for current and future missions by aligning divisions with geographic regions on predictable deployment and training rotations.

 

The force generation model, known as the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model, or ReARMM, is expected to be ready to launch at the beginning of fiscal year 2022, Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, deputy Army chief of staff for operations, said in a contemporary military forum at AUSA Now, the virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

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PROJECT CONVERGENCE ADVANCES ARMY MODERNIZATION

The Army’s modernization efforts have not slowed down in the face of 2020 challenges, said Gen. Mike Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command, citing as an example the recently completed six-week exercise that’s part of the service’s Project Convergence initiative.

 

Speaking Oct. 14 during a contemporary military forum as part of AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Murray said the idea for the exercise was presented to him as a way to maximize the synergistic effect of the 31 signature systems being developed by Futures Command’s eight cross-functional teams.

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ARMY MEDICINE PUSHES AHEAD IN COVID-19 FIGHT

The Army is working tirelessly to help the nation fight COVID-19—and it still has a way to go, according to Army Medicine’s top general.

 

“I've been able to witness firsthand how our Army medical professionals have worked to ensure that we have healthy soldiers, healthy workplaces and healthy communities across the nation,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army surgeon general, said Oct. 14 during a media roundtable at AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

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MCCONVILLE ADVOCATES FOR AGGRESSIVE TRANSFORMATION

People are the Army’s No. 1 priority, and they will be the key to the service’s success as it prepares for a dangerous and complex future battlefield, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said.

 

“ ‘People First’ is not only a philosophy, it’s also now our No. 1 priority,” McConville said during his Eisenhower address Oct. 14 during AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. “When we take care of people, we get them in the right jobs at the right time, that is how we win.”

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ARMY FOCUSING ON INDIVIDUAL VALUE OF PERSONNEL

From enlistment to retirement and all points in between, the Army is changing the way it recruits, trains, develops and takes care of soldiers, a panel of senior leaders said.

 

The change is being driven through a renewed emphasis on people and is based on the first ever Army People Strategy published last year. “This is the ‘how’ of the People Strategy, and it will transform the way we approach people in the Army,” said E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. 

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COMMUNICATION, TRAINING AIDED COVID-19 RESPONSE

Communication and exercises helped prepare the Army for an unprecedented “whole of nation” response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DoD and Army leaders said.

 

“COVID-19 required an unprecedented response,” Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commanding general of Army North said Oct. 14 during AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual 2020 annual meeting.

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ARMY LAUNCHES SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

An Army survey aimed at finding more and better ways to improve military spouse employment opportunities is being launched Oct. 14 and will seek feedback from Army civilians who are spouses of military members.

 

The focus of the Army Civilian Military Spouse Employment Survey is to get Army civilians whose spouses are members of the military “to share their insights and experiences regarding how they gained and maintain employment in the Army,” said Karen Wolfe, chief of the staffing and classification division in the office of the deputy Army chief of staff for personnel.

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HELP COMING TO MEASURE TROOPS’ RISKY BEHAVIORS

A risky behavior monitoring system that might forewarn of suicide or other problems could be available this month to alert units of potential crises or challenges.

 

Called the Commanders Risk Reduction Toolkit, or CRRT, the program will measure 40 factors involving finance, health, bad behavior and substance abuse, and give commanders a warning about risky behavior. At the company and battalion levels, leaders will be able to link this information to individuals who may need special attention. At the brigade level and higher, the program gives leaders a look at a unit’s climate but not any specifics.

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SMA: TAKE TIME TO BUILD STRONG TEAMS

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston is calling on NCOs to take time to get to know their soldiers as the service battles challenges such as suicide and sexual assault and harassment across the force.

 

“When we focus in on fit, disciplined and well-trained teams, we’re going to drive down all the negatives that happen to us on a daily basis,” Grinston said Oct. 13 during an initiatives forum as part of AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

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MCCONVILLE HEADLINES SECOND DAY OF AUSA NOW

The highlight of the second day of AUSA Now is the Dwight Eisenhower presentation by Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, but there also will be a wide variety of events for soldiers, Army civilians and family members.

 

In the morning, a panel of experts led by Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, will speak at a homeland security seminar titled “DoD’s Whole of Nation Response – COVID-19.” 

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Day one - Oct. 13

ARMY RESERVE PREPARES FOR COMPLEX FUTURE BATTLEFIELD

The Army Reserve must prepare its commanders and soldiers for multidomain operations with training that incorporates mission command, tools that can replicate domains other than land, and the platforms soldiers need to remain physically fit and resilient, senior leaders said.

 

Soldiers are still going to have to “shoot, move and communicate” in any battle, but they’ll need to train for a complex battlefield that will be integrated with the joint forces that maneuver in other domains,  Lt. Gen. Thomas James, commander of First Army, said Oct. 13 in an Army Reserve panel discussion during AUSA Now, the virtual 2020 annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

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ARMY MUST PRIORITIZE RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN READINESS

The Army has managed to balance its priorities of readiness, modernization and soldiers’ safety during a “challenging” year, senior leaders said.

 

Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, junior leaders “found ways to generate readiness” while protecting their troops, according to Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general of Army Forces Command.

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STUDY: LEADERSHIP IMPACTS COVID-19 PREVENTION EFFORTS

Leadership behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic “stands to benefit” soldiers of all ranks, according to Army research.

 

In a survey conducted in May by the Behavioral Health Advisory Team, more than 20,000 active-duty soldiers were asked about the pandemic’s impact on a variety of areas, including leadership response and public health and information gaps.

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ARMY NAMES SOLDIER, NCO OF THE YEAR

A soldier representing Army Futures Command and an NCO from Army Special Operations Command have been named the winners of the 19th annual Best Warrior Competition.

 

The 2020 Soldier of the Year is Sgt. James Akinola, a combat medic assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Berger, who is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.

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ARMY SEEKS BIG LEAP IN ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE

The Army must continue transforming its organic industrial base to ensure the safety of its workforce and the readiness of the force, senior leaders said Oct. 13 during a contemporary military forum titled “Driving Deliberate Change in the Industrial Base Through Innovation, Vision and Cooperation.”

 

While the organic industrial base, also known as the OIB, is not generally thought of as “the pointy end of the spear,” almost everything that happens at that pointy end of the spear depends on the OIB, said Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

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NATIONAL GUARD REMAINS BUSY IN UNPRECEDENTED YEAR

The Army National Guard remains busy and engaged during a year of unprecedented activity across the nation, according to Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard.

 

At the highest point of activity in June, “we had 99,000 Army Guardsmen on some sort of duty order in support of COVID-19 response, civil unrest response and the overseas mission,” Jensen said Oct. 13 in a seminar during AUSA Now, the virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

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ARMY CONTINUES EFFORTS FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION

The Army is continuing its push for diversity and inclusion in both its uniformed and civilian ranks, senior leaders said in a contemporary military forum during AUSA Now, the virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

 

“The events of this past year have caused a reckoning within the Army. We must understand the barriers our service members endure and create conditions allowing every person to realize their potential,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. Leaders at all levels must “listen, learn and act” to enable the Army to evolve and continue safeguarding the nation.

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ARMY NEEDS SCIENCE TO BOOST TRAINING

The Army is returning “to the science of large-scale combat operations,” with training that is “hot, sweaty and intense,” said Col. Charles Lombardo, deputy commander of the Army’s Combined Arms Center-Training.

 

The idea, he said, is to force soldiers and their leaders to deal with simultaneous enemy actions in training that is “the key to building readiness across our formations.”

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LEADERS WORK TO REDUCE STRESS ON FORCE

Army leaders are looking for ways to reduce the pressure on soldiers and units that have been stressed by almost 20 years of deployments, the service’s top general said.

 

“Our soldiers have been highly deployed over the last 19 years and done an absolutely fabulous job in conflicts throughout the Middle East and in support of the combatant commanders,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said.

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SFABS MOVE OUT TO SUPPORT COMBATANT COMMANDS

The Army’s six security force assistance brigades have been built and will soon be aligned with geographic combatant commands around the world, according to Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson, commander of the Security Force Assistance Command.

 

The security force assistance brigades, specialized units designed for advise-and-assist missions with U.S. allies and partners, also will deploy in the future in smaller elements that will maintain a sustained, forward presence.

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AUSA HONORS 2020 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

The Association of the U.S. Army honored the recipients of its 2020 National Awards Oct. 13 during the opening ceremony of AUSA Now, the association’s virtual annual meeting.

 

The awards honor individuals for their selfless service and dedication to the Army and its soldiers.

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MCCARTHY: NO TURNING BACK ON TRANSFORMATION

The time for Army transformation has arrived, with no turning back, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Oct. 13 during the opening ceremony of AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

 

McCarthy, the 24th Army secretary, said the Army has a new focus on readiness that places more emphasis on squads and small units and less on large-scale exercises, a continued push toward modernization and taking “rapid, positive and meaningful steps” on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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AUSA NOW OPENS WITH ADDRESS FROM MCCARTHY

AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual annual meeting, officially opens Oct. 13 with an address from Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.

 

The first day of the annual meeting also includes the unveiling of the Army’s Soldier and NCO of the Year, an initiatives forum by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, and contemporary military forums on diversity and inclusion in the Army, spurring more industrial base innovation, and readiness initiatives.

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AUSA NOW APP AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD


The app, which can be found by searching for “eShow Events” in the Apple app store and Google Play for Android, will give attendees more flexibility and the ability to tune in to AUSA Now from anywhere on a smartphone. It also will provide attendees direct connectivity to their social media accounts.


The Association of the U.S. Army has launched a new mobile application in conjunction with AUSA Now, the association’s 2020 virtual annual meeting from Oct. 13–16. 

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ONE MORE DAY TO AUSA NOW

AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2020 Annual Meeting, is being planned to include three days of virtual speeches, forums and professional development events followed by a fourth day dedicated to association events.

“The Time is Now” is the theme of the 2020 meeting, an emphasis that applies to people, modernization, readiness and partnerships.

 

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AUSA Now, the 2020 Annual Meeting, Takes Shape

AUSA Now, the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2020 Annual Meeting, is being planned to include three days of virtual speeches, forums and professional development events followed by a fourth day dedicated to association events.

“The Time is Now” is the theme of the 2020 meeting, an emphasis that applies to people, modernization, readiness and partnerships.

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AUSA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced the recipients of its 2020 National Awards, which honor individuals for their selfless service and dedication to the Army and its soldiers.

“We at AUSA are really proud of this year’s National Award recipients,” said retired Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA president and CEO. “From a group of extraordinary nominees, we have selected recipients whose selfless service and unparallel accomplishments best exemplify the ideals we celebrate at AUSA.”

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AUSA Honors Army Families With 2020 Marshall Medal

The Association of the U.S. Army's highest honor for distinguished and selfless service is being awarded this year to The Army Family, which includes spouses, parents, siblings, children and the loved ones of American soldiers.

It is not the first time the George Catlett Marshall Medal has gone to a group instead of a person. In 2004, the Marshall Medal was awarded to The American Soldier.

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AUSA 2020 Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

The Association of the U.S. Army’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After careful and detailed consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to convert the 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience,” said retired Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA president and CEO. “Based on health and safety considerations and ongoing restrictions on large gatherings, it is not possible for us to conduct an in-person meeting as we had originally envisioned.”

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