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AUSA News November 2017
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Gary Sinise: 'For as long as I'm able, I stand with you'
Gary Sinise, recipient of AUSA’s highest award for service to the nation, pledged that his dedicated contributions aren’t going to come to an end anytime soon.
Appropriations Groundhog Day - Déjà vu All Over Again
John Gifford, Director AUSA Government Affairs
The days are ticking by, but Congress is not moving closer to passing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018.
Defense policy bill in conference; McCarthy addresses Hill staffers
Julie Cameron Rudowski, Assistant Director Government Affairs
Formal negotiations on the fiscal 2018 defense policy bill also known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are finally underway.
McCarthy, Ham win 2017 Army Best Warrior Competition
Luc Dunn, AUSA News
The winners of the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition were announced during the Sergeant Major of the Army Awards Luncheon at the AUSA Annual Meeting.
Mattis: Budget caps, confusion affect our competitive edge
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the international situation today “is the most complex and demanding” he has seen in his four decades of service.
If Army neglects readiness - We will lose the next war
“We will pray for peace every day, but at the same time, the U.S. Army will prepare for war,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. Adding, “No one wants war,” but the Army must maintain a laser focus on readiness. Milley delivered his...
Pres. George H.W. Bush and Barbara host veterans and their service animals
Joseph Craig, Director AUSA Book Program
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush recently welcomed veterans and their service animals to their home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Ham praises volunteer leaders for membership increase
Retired Gen. Carter F. Ham, president and CEO of the Association of the U. S. Army, addressed AUSA’s volunteer leadership at the Chapter Presidents Dinner.
Best Warrior Competition tests physical, mental endurance
SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret
One of the highlights of this year’s Annual Meeting was the opportunity to recognize the selection of our Army’s Best Warriors and NCO and Soldier of the Year.
Lt. Harrison Barber, Cpl. Kristen Gray win Battle Challenge
In total, over 320 service members competed in the Battle Challenge during the three-day Annual Meeting.
AUSA member benefits - Many ways to spread holiday cheer
Susan Rubel, Director AUSA Affinity Programs
It’s hard to believe it’s already time to think about Christmas, holiday traveling, shopping and gift giving – and we have a variety of ways to help you.
Elevate caring for Army families; maintain combat readiness
Gina Cavallaro, Senior Staff Writer
The Army’s top leaders reaffirmed their deep commitment to the well-being of soldiers and their families
Toolkit: Focus on AUSA Skills Knowledge (ASK) for success
AUSA Skills Knowledge, or ASK, is designed in a publication called the AUSA “ASK Toolkit” to give chapter volunteers the tools they need to succeed.
Reserve soldiers: Balancing readiness, civilian responsibilities
Luc Dunn, AUSA News
Spanning 20 time zones and containing 200,000 soldiers, the Army Reserve provides 78 percent of the sustainment capabilities for the Total Army.
3 NCOs receive awards at professional development forum
Luc Dunn, AUSA News
Those interested must act soon because Nov. 11 is the application deadline for 2018 awards.
Army special operations uses indigenous forces in the fight
Army special operations provides a suite of invaluable tools to the nation, said Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, who leads U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
World War I commemorative coin unveiled at Annual Meeting
One side of the coin is titled “Soldier’s Charge,” and shows a soldier gripping a rifle with barbed wire twines featured in the lower right-hand side.
Army soldiers take top spots in 33rd Annual Army Ten-Miler
Francis Chung, Pentagram Staff
A pair of soldiers were the top finishers as approximately 35,000 runners overcame difficult weather conditions to participate in the 33rd Annual Army-Ten Miler
Army National Guard and Army Reserve units receive awards
Abrams cited the Army Reserve and National Guard components, along with families, for their successes in terms of readiness over the past year.