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April 2013 AUSA News

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Dr. Robert M. Gates, a former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the current chancellor of the College of William and Mary, will receive the 2013 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by...
The reset of equipment returning from Afghanistan may be affected by sequestration, said the commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command. The cancellation of reset would affect post-combat repair for about 1,000 vehicles, 14,000 communications devices...
The U.S. Army must transition from a strategic environment focused on well-funded, near-term capabilities, to one focused on fiscally-constrained, long-term capabilities, according to Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and...
Gen. Glenn K. Otis, USA, Ret., soldier, warrior, scholar, war hero and acclaimed military innovator, died Feb. 21 at the Carlisle, Pa., Regional Medical Center. He was 83. Prior to his retirement in 1988 after 42 years of service, Otis commanded U.S...
I am privileged to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the new co-chair of the House Army Caucus, which includes more than 100 members from both political parties and is one of the most active and important caucuses in Congress. The Caucus...
Echoing Winston Churchill’s famous quote, Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker told the Army: "Gentlemen, we are out of money. Now it’s time to think." Walker, futures director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, and deputy commanding general, U.S. Army...
President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha during a ceremony Feb. 11 in the East Room of the White House. Romesha is the fourth living service member to receive the medal for service in...
"Enemy in the wire! Enemy in the wire!" The news, the stuff of nightmares, spread through Red and Blue platoons in seconds: "Enemy in the wire." Many soldiers didn’t believe it at first. It was a phrase they never expected to hear; one they dreaded...
"Dude, you’re bleeding," Spc. Thomas Rasmussen, now a sergeant, told his acting platoon sergeant, Staff Sgt. Clinton L .Romesha. Did Romesha want Rasmussen to patch him up? Surprised, Romesha glanced at his arm. A rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG,...
Former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha loved the Army. He loved serving. He loved his men. He loved the pride and the honor and the sense of purpose. His grandfather served in World War II, his father in Vietnam, and they instilled in him a desire to serve...
Just a day after the president placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, the noncommissioned officer was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon – where the names and memories of all service...
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As often seems the case when I write this column, defense funding is in flux. This year is particularly interesting as we are dealing with funding for the remainder of 2013 as well as funding for 2014. The continuing resolution that funds the...
The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) has launched The National Museum of the United States Army Brick Program to "pave the way to Army history." To be inlaid along the Path of Remembrance that will lead visitors from the parking area to the museum’s...
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The Association of the United States Army AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released a new publication. "Strategy and Policy: Civilian and Military Leadership in the 21st Century" (National Security Watch, Jan. 18, 2013) reviews...
You hear a lot of talk about programs that support those who serve, but most of this attention is focused specifically on the needs of service members. The rising awareness and willingness to help members of the military community is amazing. But...
"Seems to me I’ve Heard this Song Before," is the title of one of Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan’s favorite songs and is how he began his remarks to the students of the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Much to everyone’s relief, he did not...
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Despite weeks of dire warnings and a classic case of Washington finger-pointing, sequestration formally arrived on March 1 and is probably here to stay. Here is what we know: For the remaining seven months of the fiscal year, the defense budget will...