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February 2015 AUSA News

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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements Dec. 28 marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close in a ceremony at the...
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Association of the U.S. Army officials have announced that a new poll shows 73 percent of Americans believe sequestration should be lifted. "We have been beating this drum as hard as we can, warning sequestration puts our national security at risk...
Soldiers from the 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), were part of Time Magazine’s selection of the 2014 Person of the Year. Time Magazine selected "Ebola fighters" as its 2014 Person of the Year, and...
After months of construction, Task Force Sabre conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 24 for a school built by coalition forces for Afghan children. The school, built in the village of Dolana, east of the provincial capital of Charikar, is the...
As each day passes we watch the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan as the United States nears the end of the longest war in our nation’s history. Our soldiers and their families have sacrificed much over these past 13 years of war in both...
Most soldiers received a 1 percent increase in basic pay in January along with a 2.9 percent increase in their basic allowance for subsistence. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing, basic allowance for subsistence, and the cost...
The trust you build here is important because in times of crisis you can’t surge trust," said Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, referring to Yama Sakura 67, the joint, bi-lateral exercise with Japan that began and ended in early December. Lanza, who is the...
As more soldiers prepare to transition out of the Army, private-sector businesses continue to make the pledge to put those experienced service members to work. For instance, the American Trucking Association recently announced its commitment to hire...
As the players step from the tunnel into the glaring light, they squint, briefly allowing their eyes to adjust. Once they are able, they slowly look around, taking in the sights; the screaming fans, the jumping, yelling cheerleaders, and the jumbled...
The Army helped ring in the New Year with a much-anticipated event – a National Hockey League game that honored the nation’s military during pre- and in-game festivities. As the crowd cheered, soldiers, airmen, coast guardsmen, marines and sailors...
With the mission of performing underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage operations across the Pacific theater, it only makes sense for the Army’s 7th Engineer Dive Detachment to conduct its change-of-command ceremony in a location its...
Army recruiting is facing "significant challenges" in the current economic climate in its mission to find young Americans qualified for service. Increasing obesity rates and declining academic qualifications among young people are driving down the...
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno has outlined priorities for the incoming sergeant major of the Army. The first priority, Odierno said, is to work on eliminating sexual assault in the Army, continuing the effort of Sgt. Maj. of the Army...
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Well, we are still basking in the glow of the fact that both the Defense Authorization and the Defense Appropriations bills were passed before the end of 2014. While logic would say that completing both bills three months late would not be a cause...
Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Md., have developed and are producing in small batches synthetic peptides they believe will serve as great replacements for animal-grown antibodies currently used to detect biological hazards...
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As anyone who has ever been unemployed knows, landing a new job can be a daunting task. But for recent veterans, especially those dealing with the added strains that accompany a forced retirement from active service, searching for a job in the...
The Army needs to make serious institutional changes in order to retain and develop the best soldiers, the Army’s under secretary said. "We have a system in place that is archaic, that now works against us rather than helping us," Under Secretary of...
The recent changes to the pay and benefits rates, which became effective on Jan. 1, 2015, included a 1 percent increase in pay for service members and a 0.5 percent increase in Basic Allowance for Housing. Both of these increases are lower than in...
Images flashed across the screen depicting the National Guard from its inception 379 years ago to today’s fight against global terror. Paintings showed the first muster of minutemen in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636, and showed the National...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released a new publication. "Terrorists, Insurgents and the Lessons of History" (National Security Watch, December 22, 2014) examines how history can provide lessons for responding to terrorist and...
AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released a new publication. "Force 2025 and Beyond: The U.S. Army’s Holistic Modernization Strategy" (Torchbearer Issue Paper, January 2015) describes today’s security environment as complex and defined...