Firing Line: Conversation Week #5 September 2016

Firing Line: Conversation Week #5 September 2016

Publication Date
Friday, September 30, 2016

a.  NCO and Soldiers Programs – “Who should be next year’s 3rd Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army?”

This year Lieutenant General (Ret) David E. Grange Jr. will be recognized as the 2nd Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army.  The focus of this honor is to recognize those leaders who have made a lifelong commitment to Soldiers and our Army.  Looking at this year’s honoree and General (Ret) Gordon R. Sullivan who was selected as last year’s honoree; who would you recommend for next year’s 3rd Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army?

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b.  AUSA Five Things - “LTG Hokanson confirmed to be vice chief of the National Guard Bureau.

AUSA Five Things:  A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members, dated September 26, 2016:  “Guard Bureau Gets Army Vice Chief.

Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, a former Oregon National Guard adjutant general and current U.S. Northern Command deputy commander, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be vice chief of the National Guard Bureau. A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Hokanson is a command pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He is the right leader at the right time to help us navigate today’s challenging environment,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, National Guard Bureau chief.

What to watch: Hokanson won’t assume the new title until there is a replacement for the U.S. Northern Command job.

c.  AUSA Moderator – “Is a dual mission hand grenade a good idea?” 

“U.S. Army weapon engineers are working on a new hand grenade designed to allow soldiers to choose between fragmentation or blast over-pressure for concussion by simply flicking a switch.

Over the past five years, Picatinny Arsenal engineers have been collaborating with Infantry School representatives, hand grenade cadre, as well as active duty soldiers and Marines, to determine warfighter needs regarding hand grenades.”.

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d.  Industry Affairs– “AUSA helps you connect with industry. ”

AUSA’s Sustaining Membership Program is considered the life’s blood of AUSA by many.  The program is perfect for organizations, small and large, that are looking for a platform to learn about the Army’s needs and requirements while also connecting with government leaders on the future of the Department of Defense, as well as with fellow industry members.  The best and perhaps broadest way to accomplish this with AUSA is to exhibit and attend at our symposiums and expositions around the world.  Local to the DC area, members and DoD can join us at our National Headquarters for our monthly Hot Topic Series where DoD leadership speak about focused topics concerning today Army.

With a 500+ company member base, it can be a daunting task to try to keep up with what each company has to offer.  In an effort to lighten this burden and to provide a service to all AUSA Members, AUSA offers an Industry Guide of Sustaining Members.  Not only are our Sustaining Members organized in alphabetical order, but you can browse by category and stay up-to-date on any news coming from our company members.  If you are interested in certain topics or companies, the website even offers a personized newsfeed catered to your interests.

To check out AUSA’s Industry Guide, click here, or find it under the Programs & Resources menu option on the AUSA website.

By Lauren Hensley


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  1. Should the Army remove Confederate generals’ names from installations?

o    Yes

o    No  

o     Not sure