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August 2011 AUSA News

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Thanks to the tremendous progress U.S., coalition and Afghan troops have made, the United States will draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan by 10,000 this year and 33,000 by the end of summer 2012, President Barack Obama said June 22. "The...
The commander of the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan told military and industry leaders at the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare breakfast meeting June 9 that we must make the investment we are...
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’d rather have a smaller "superbly capable" military than a hollow force. Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee June 15 that even as the department looks for savings, there has...
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously June 21 to confirm Leon E. Panetta as the next secretary of defense. Panetta received broad bipartisan support following his June confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he said his...
Four months older than the Navy, five months older than the Marine Corps, the nation’s oldest military branch began its 236th birthday celebration with senior Army leaders presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National...
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"The best recruiting tool we have is a reserve [component[ soldier who feels he or she is making a meaningful contribution, being trained well to do the job and relates that satisfaction to friends at work and in the community." – SMA William A...
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Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif. Member, House Armed Services Committee From the highest levels of the Pentagon to the fox holes on the front lines in Afghanistan, women are integral to the success of the United States military, and they sacrifice...
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DS Logons for retired reservists. Retired reservists can now get a DoD Self-service Logon (DS Logon) account at any TRICARE Service Center (TSC) worldwide. Once they have a DS Logon, they can use it to go online to purchase TRICARE Retired Reserve (...
Maj. Gen. Mary E. Clarke, USA, Ret., the last director of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and the first woman to attain the rank of major general, died June 10 at the Army Residence Community in San Antonio, Texas. She was 87. Known as a military...
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The voice of the soldier has been heard: The Army announced the patrol cap will replace the black wool beret as the default headgear for the Army Combat Uniform (ACU). Also changing are the options for how soldiers can attach certain items to their...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare recently released a new publication – "Resetting Reserve Component Units: Taking Care of Soldiers and Families" (Torchbearer National Security Report, July 2011) – that examines the Army’s efforts to sustain the...
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AUSA, in its signature event on the Hill, recognized Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as its Outstanding Legislators for 2011 in a ceremony held on Capitol Hill on June 8. Murray received the award based on her long-time...
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler and Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill, the senior enlisted member for the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, met with soldiers from the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team...
Raising more than $2,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project, nearly 130 people from all branches of service rallied together to support the 2011 Robot Trot, June 10 in Selfridge, Mich. The top runners will run as members of the Detroit Arsenal Team in...
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Three authors of Association of the United States Army books have been honored recently. Madame Genevieve de Galard was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor by President Nicholas Sarkozy in a ceremony June 6 at the L’Hotel...
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh has approved the Gunston location of the Fort Belvoir, Va., North Post as the official site of the National Museum of the United States Army after the completion of a comprehensive and thorough site selection...
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House Appropriations Committee: Some DoD efficiencies ‘unrealistic.’ As AUSA NEWS goes to press, the House Appropriations Committee is marking-up their version of the defense spending bill. The report that accompanies the spending bill contends that...
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I often request that organizations with whom we work on behalf of Army families provide us with articles about their programs and new initiatives. The following article, written by Tom Luce, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative and a...
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For the second year in a row, Jason Siegel is the grand prize winner in the annual Army Ten-Miler T-shirt Design Contest. After an online voting competition, Army Ten-Miler officials announced June 22 that the Hicksville, N.Y., native submitted the...