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February 2011 AUSA News

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Army Reserve, an operational force The U.S. Army Reserve, using the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model of providing forces in a cyclic manner, provides operational forces to the total Army to meet the nation’s military demands. Many of the Army’...
For the "Home of Champions," Fort Benning, Ga., setting an unprecedented standard of excellence is no easy task. Collectively, the soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) unwavering commitment to uphold its standard of excellence led...
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In his last appearance as Army chief of staff before an AUSA Institute of Land Warfare Breakfast Jan. 5 in northern Virginia, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., told a capacity audience: "When I look at where we are now and where we are headed, we [the Army...
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Defense Authorization Bill clears Congress. The 111th Congress officially ended on Dec 22. The very last piece of business they accomplished was the passage of the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization Bill. As this publication goes to press, The...
It is a familiar sight to any soldier: people waiting in line for deployment processing. Seemingly endless queues as personnel move though the stations – medical, check; dental, check; finance, check. And on the process goes. It is a familiar sight...
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was hit by a tornado Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. From preliminary reports, hit the hardest was the family housing area where 52 homes were destroyed – 35 of which were occupied by military families. Twenty-five of those families...
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From my time in the Army to serving our nation in Congress, I have become increasingly concerned about the structural and cultural limitations on our ability as a nation to conduct national security interagency operations. A successfully integrated...
National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico are boosting Border Patrol agents’ efforts, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent said in early December. "They’ve been hugely beneficial to us," Mark Moody, a patrol agent...
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USA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released two new Torchbearer publications. The first, "U.S. Army Aviation and Full Spectrum Operations" (Torchbearer National Security Report, December 2010), explores the evolving role and composition of...
Members of the Board of Directors and sponsors of The Old Guard Monument Foundation (OGMF) joined 60 friends and families Dec. 11 to present a wreath to the nation’s fallen heroes at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The Old...
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Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the "invisible" wounds of war such as post-traumatic stress (PTS), a senior Army officer said Dec. 26. "It affects everything. It...
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to be the next Army chief of staff. Gates made the announcement at a Jan. 6 Pentagon news conference. The Army chief of staff is the...
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President Barrack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law Dec. 22 before an audience assembled at the Department of the Interior auditorium in Washington. "We are not a nation that says, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’" the...
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The Defense Department will "move out carefully, deliberately and purposefully" to implement the repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law," a Pentagon spokesman said Dec 20. The Senate, on Dec. 18, repealed the 1993 law barring gays and lesbians...
The Army chief of staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the Army Historical Foundation executive director, Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr., USA, Ret., unveiled designs for three 2011 Army Commemorative Coins during the 111th Army-Navy football...
Seen as a rite of passage among the U.S. armed forces, the Initial Entry Training graduation brings a certain enthusiasm and anxiety to the day. That same elation was captured in Al Anbar, Iraq, recently as the passing of the flag from the senior...
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The senior American military officer in Seoul, Korea, said the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance will respond "rapidly, proportionately and decisively" to any future North Korean provocations. Army Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, commander of United...
Just four days after the New Year’s Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, the Army chief of staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., visited the installation to view the extensive damage, speak with the many families who lost their homes and give hope to...