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December 2013 AUSA News

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After describing the many sacrifices soldiers have made in the last 12 years and declaring: "Protecting this country is a sacred duty," former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ voice broke as he said, "George Marshall would have been proud" of what...
The Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno offered his "guarantee" that despite the unprecedented budget uncertainty and the continuing specter of sequestration, his service "will remain the greatest Army in the world." Addressing the Eisenhower...
Army Secretary John McHugh described in harsh detail the impact deep funding cuts from sequestration had on the Army in this first year alone and warned that the painful reductions will continue. "I wish I could promise you that better days were...
The commander of the Army Materiel Command addressed future Army officers during the 2013 ROTC Luncheon at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Gen. Dennis L. Via, who was an ROTC cadet at Virginia State University 33 years ago, spoke to the...
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The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) announced Nov. 7 that Gen. Carter Ham, USA, Ret.; Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, USA, Ret.; and Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter, USA, Ret., have joined the Association as AUSA Institute of Land Warfare...
Capt. Kelly Calway, who won the female division at the Marine Corps Marathon, Oct. 27, said she ran the race for all deployed service members. Calway said she was proud to run with "Army on my chest," and for the members of her unit who are already...
With over 35,000 registered runners – the largest running field in the race’s history – the 29th Army Ten-Miler took place Oct. 20 at the Pentagon, the day before the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. The...
Sgt. Isaac Njoroge leans toward remaining in the D.C. National Guard, where he works in logistics and transportation. Nevertheless, Njoroge roamed the floor at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition with a keen...
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The Army has published its plan to modernize Army Knowledge Online (AKO). The plan, published Sept. 20, transitions business users to a suite of more secure, interoperable Department of Defense (DoD) services. The improved security requires users to...
Noncommissioned officers must learn, adopt and promote the Army’s new Ready and Resilient Campaign for future success in mitigating internal problems like sexual assault, suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (TBI/PTSD),...
The Army is much better prepared today to respond to a major national disaster than it was in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, but it’s still unclear how prepared the Army is for the disaster that planners fear most – a 10 kiloton...
In spite of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis – neither of which was resolved until days before the Annual Meeting – AUSA held a rip-roaring event attended by more than 28,000. I have great news to report on congressional...
Greetings to all from the Association of the United States Army – our Army’s and our soldiers’ professional organization. Special thanks go out to Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Wicks and the New York National Guard for giving me...
Attendees at the 2013 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition’s Military Family Forum II received special health care, and it came with no deductible or copay. Small slips of white paper – prescriptions – were placed before the...
The tailoring of units "will be increasingly the norm" as well as the mixing of forces from different components as the Army moves to regionally align itself to meet the requirements of combatant commanders, said the commander of Africa Command. Gen...
Lt. Col. Todd A. Schmidt, USA, selected as the winner of the 2013 writing contest co-sponsored by AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), was awarded a...
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AUSA testifies before retirement commission. The Defense Department’s claim that, if left unchecked, "personnel costs will consume the entire DoD budget" was among the topics discussed Nov. 5 at a hearing before the Military Compensation and...
The "unprecedented fiscal constraints" facing the nation have put the Army at a crossroads, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command told several hundred attendees at the Maj. Gen. Robert G. Moorhead Guard-Reserve Breakfast preceding the...
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For two exhibitors at the 2013 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, the purpose of their presence extended beyond the obvious mission of trumpeting their companies’ expertise and products. Both Fluor Corporation and...
The winners of the 2013 Sgt. Maj. Larry L. Strickland Educational Leadership Award and the Sgt. Maj. Dawn Kilpatrick Memorial AUSA Scholarship Award were honored at The Sergeant Major of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Forum held during...
The alliance between the business community and the Army is stronger than ever. And the evidence was undeniable at the Association of the United States Army’s Sustaining Member Luncheon held during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, where James...
The Army’s Noncommissioned Officers Corps must foster and utilize trust at all unit levels in order to combat problems with sexual assault and harassment, suicide and hazing, according to Sgt. Maj. Dave Stewart, the Center for the Army Profession...
As a result of fiscal "belt tightening, the Ground Combat Vehicle and the Armed Aerial Scout could be delayed, continued or terminated," said the Army’s acquisition chief. "We’re lurching" ahead with deciding which programs stay, are postponed,...
In the last six months, Army civilians have faced two work stoppages: one in July with six weeks of four-day work weeks, and most recently, more than two weeks of a government shutdown. During an interview with Army Broadcasting at the 2013...