a. NCO and Soldier Programs – “Is troop obesity a serious problem for the Army?”
“The U.S. military is fatter than ever, and the Army is leading the way with more than one in 10 soldiers considered clinically overweight, according to new Defense Department data obtained by Military Times.” Physical fitness and weight control programs are a commander’s responsibility managed at the company, troop and battery levels of the Army. Is this report an indicator of a leadership deficiency or something else? How do you see the Army from your foxhole?
b. AUSA Five Things – “Future conventional conflicts will be extremely lethal and fast.”
AUSA Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members, dated October 10, 2016: “Quick, Lethal Fights.”
Preparing for future wars is a major focus for Army leaders. “A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast. And we will not own the stopwatch,” said Maj. Gen. William C. Hix, deputy chief of staff G-3/5/7, during a panel discussion at AUSA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition. He was talking about war with a major power that has made major technological advances.
What to watch: Hix’s vision requires the Army to do three things: Make its own technological advances, make sure units are ready to fight without warning, and shorten the time it takes to fill replacements.
c. AUSA Moderator – “I’m proud to be an American Soldier,” GEN (Ret) Gordon R. Sullivan
After five decades of service to the Army and AUSA, Sullivan said he had no regrets. “I would do it all over again,” he said. “I am proud to be an American soldier.” The Marshall Dinner, where Sullivan received the award, culminated the three-day annual meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., an event attended by about 25,500 people.
Click here to read more: https://www.ausa.org/news/sullivan-receives-marshall-award-ausa-2016
d. AUSA Publications - Green Book, Profile of the Army, Annual Meeting Recap, and Pre-Retirement Guide Released
In the past 2 weeks these publications have all been posted to the AUSA website. Be sure to check them out:
- Pre-Retirement Guide
- AUSA 2016 Annual Meeting Recap
- Army Green Book 2016-2017
- 2016 Profile of the United States Army
THIS WEEK'S POLL QUESTION:
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Is the Army too concerned about energy conservation?
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