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January 2011 AUSA News

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President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor Nov. 16 to the first active duty service member in nearly 40 years. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was described as a humble, low-key soldier –- one that shies away from the limelight. But his actions...
The Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee he would not recommend the immediate repeal of the 17-year-old law banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces because it would increase stress on deployed combat...
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When Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., pressed the defense secretary on why not one question was asked in the survey sent to 400,000 service members and families on whether the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law should be repealed, Robert Gates answered, "I...
The Association of the United States Army is urging Congress "to authorize and fund a force of at least 700,000 soldiers on active duty status, drawn from the active Army, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve" as a key piece of its legislative...
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President Barack Obama said he was reviewing the recommendations of his deficit reduction commission in a search to "correct our fiscal course." The 18-member panel drawn from Congress, business leaders and academia wrapped up its work Dec. 3 when...
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Although I had hoped to report that defense authorization and appropriations legislation is, at last, complete, partisan wrangling has prevented any forward motion. The defense appropriations legislation will either be a continuing resolution that...
President Barack Obama should receive a report on a review of his Afghanistan policy next month, a senior administration official said Nov. 9. Speaking to reporters on background, the official, who is involved in the review, said the review will...
The Association of the United States Army’s Arizona Territorial Chapter sponsored its annual Armed Forces Career Officers’ Day Luncheon Nov. 23, the largest hosted by the chapter in the lunch’s 22-year existence. Designed to encourage young men and...
In releasing its report on the shooting at Fort Hood in November 2009, Army Secretary John McHugh said. "This tragedy caused us to take a hard look at ourselves over the last year." Adding, "We are committed to ensuring the men and women and their...
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The Army is attempting to speed up and streamline its acquisition processes to allow for more effective modernization of the force, senior leaders told an Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum, "Modernizing the Army in an Era of...
The command responsible for producing 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year unfurled its flag and officially staked the colors Nov. 23 at its new home – Fort Knox, Ky. The event at Brooks Field marked the culmination of a transition from...
The commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence contrasted today’s Army with the service several decades back and concluded "In the industrial age we could get by with the checklist mentality." As the Army embarks on a yearlong campaign...
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The command sergeant major of I Corps said that a very good reason for a broad-based study of the profession of arms now is to close the gap between operations in the field and operations and life at garrison and home. Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe...
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"True professionals are servants" and experts in what they do, who derive their satisfaction for "a job well done," a senior fellow at the Center for Army Profession and Ethic at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., said in answering his own question about: "How...
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If the total Army is to remain combat ready after the drawdown in Iraq, it must get the dwell time between deployments to at least twice the time gone, it must retain the current force structure, must retain access to the Army Reserve and National...
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. Member, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee As a 24 year guardsman and a veteran myself, I am proud to sponsor the Honor America’s Guard Reserve Retirees Act (H.R. 3787) which has been a priority among the veterans community for...
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The Army is investigating the possibility that a single grave at Arlington National Cemetery was used as a dumping site for a number of cremated remains that had been improperly dug up. The discovery of eight urns or containers in a plot that was...
The Army is implementing a variety of programs to improve soldiers’ "resiliency," or ability to deal with stress from combat or elsewhere, Army leaders told an Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum, "Resilience in the All-Volunteer...
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The Army is increasingly calling upon its Civilian Corps to assume greater levels of responsibility and accountability at organizations throughout the service. This is due to a number of initiatives to convert military and contractor positions to...
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Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army, manpower and reserve affairs, set the context for the second AUSA Military Family Forum that focused on the children of military families at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual...
CW5 Wade Lavron told a professional development forum for warrant officers that this was his second time at an Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting. The first time, he set up a booth in the exhibit area and then took it down; but...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare recently published two Torchbearer Issue Papers: "New Educational Opportunities for Soldiers and Families" (Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2010) and "Army Strong Community Centers: Serving Army Families" (...
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Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. Moeller, USA, Ret., who served in the active Army and Connecticut Army National Guard for over 41 years, was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony Nov. 22 in the State House atrium. Moeller...
Forty American Gold Star Mothers made their annual pilgrimage to Washington to honor the memory of sons and daughters who served and died in the U.S. military. The 2010 trip was supported by the Association of the United States Army’s George...
The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), United States Division – Center, assumed command Dec. 3 during two official transfer of authority ceremonies in Baghdad. The 116th CBCT headquartered in Boise, Idaho, now known as "Task Force Snake,"...
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The Army is working on a variety of initiatives to ensure that its human resources remain strong and resilient even after nine years of conflict, Army and civilian leaders told an Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum, "Manning the...
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President Barack Obama is proposing a two-year freeze on federal civilian employee pay, a move that he said would save $2 billion over the rest of this fiscal year and $28 billion over the next five years. Speaking Nov. 29, he said, "This is not...
Force protection against a classified list of threats, a nine-soldier capacity, full-spectrum-operations capability and on-time delivery within seven years are among the "big four" imperatives the Army has spelled out for those hoping to be selected...
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Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, and his wife, Sheila, honored military family survivors at the fourth Military Family Forum Oct. 27 at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. "You need to know that...