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July 2016 AUSA News

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Eric K. Fanning was sworn in May 18 as the 22nd secretary of the Army, 243 days after President Barack Obama nominated him for the position. “It has been a long process to get here, one that I don’t think even the writers from ‘House of Cards’ could...
The military spouse community has an abundance of riches – organizations that exist to support the educational, career and personal lives of those who love those who serve. In this vibrant community of military family nonprofits, many are run by...
Retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan was honored June 9 during a speech in the House of Representatives as he prepares to step down after more than 18 years as president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army. “I rise today on behalf of a...
An amendment to the Senate’s defense policy bill that would have authorized additional funds to pay for extra personnel and equipment and a larger pay raise was shot down after Republicans rejected Democrats’ call for an equal boost for non-defense...
Greetings from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), our Army’s association for education and professional development, and a major supporter of the Army’s Soldier for Life efforts. The 3rd Bi-Annual Sullivan Cup Competition took place...
The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides our military force with a modernized retirement plan. The new system is a blend of the current 20-year cliff-vested defined benefit annuity with a defined contribution plan that allows...
Clarissa “T.C.” Freeman, known as the “Mother of Fort Campbell” for her devotion to soldiers and their families, died after a long illness May 19 at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She was 83. Appointed a civilian aide to...
The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) sponsored the first ever Army writing award at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama, that was presented during a ceremony on May 19. The Army award is named the Lieutenant General...
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The National Training Center, or NTC, and Fort Irwin conducted a ground breaking ceremony for a facility that will support a unit that operates Army unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, Jan. 12. The complex will provide a headquarters for B Company,...
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion will become the Association of the U.S. Army’s vice president for membership and meetings on July 1, succeeding retired Army Lt. Gen. Roger G. Thompson Jr., who will retire on June 30. Thompson, who...
Capitol Hill
The following is a prediction for how this year will play out in Washington, D.C. Members of Congress will spend June and the first part of July trying to pass as many of the 12 appropriations bills as they can before the process breaks down. They...
The Army’s top Pacific commander said “peace and prosperity have not always been guaranteed” in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Theater, with a growing need to strengthen military relationships. He also praised the outgoing president of the Association of the...
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The Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released two new publications. “Delivering Materiel Readiness: From ‘Blunt Force’ Logistics to Enterprise Resource Planning” discusses the vital role that materiel...
Discussions should begin now about how the world should react if the North Korean government collapses, retired Army Gen. Walter “Skip” Sharp told a meeting of Pacific land forces in Honolulu. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC...
Thirty-eight training days a year is “insufficient” for reserve component units with crucial skills needed early in a fight, the commanding general of the 9th Mission Support Command said May 25. The discussion came during the second day of the...
The Navy admiral who commands the U.S. Pacific Command said the U.S. Army and its land-force partners from around the Indo-Asian-Pacific Theater are a key part of the region’s security environment. Speaking May 25 at the LANPAC Symposium and...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released a new publication. “Strategic Readiness: The U.S. Army as a Global Force” (Defense Report 16-3, June 2016) discusses the global activities and demands facing the Army and the practical...
The Association of the U.S. Army wrapped up a successful LANPAC Symposium and Exposition on May 26, an event that had record attendance for meaty discussions on land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Theater. More than 28 nations participated. “What a...
Te Army is pursuing artillery, missile and rocket advances that could give long-range capabilities at a battalion level, and have shore-based, concealed systems with surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and surface-to-ship abilities, Army Lt. Gen. H.R...
The Army logistics community is making the adjustment from 15 years of concentrating on serving small-unit operations to refocusing on supporting potential large-scale combat, the service’s top logistics official said June 2. Lt. Gen. Gustave F...
The U.S. Army has determined its highest priorities for training and developing future sustainment leaders for the expeditionary force of 2025 and beyond, said Maj. Gen. Darrell Williams, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (...
Even as the U.S. military shrinks and global threats mount, the Army is going through a number of significant transitions that will present additional challenges in the years to come, said Gen. Robert B. “Abe” Abrams, commander of the U.S. Army...
A panel of military and civilian experts discussed the difficulties of force projection and operational reach during an Association of the U.S. Army’s Hot Topic forum in June, held at the AUSA Conference and Event Center in Arlington, Virginia. The...
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Joseph Lee “Joe” Galloway, noted war correspondent and co-author of the 1992 best-selling Vietnam War narrative “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” is the first civilian to be honored in The Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF) newly launched...
A growing concern over the troop drawdown, realignments across the total Army force, and questions of what that means to the average soldier, were put to ease by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during his visit with deployed soldiers at Camp...
Where do new Army officers come from? They come from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; Officer Candidate School; and, for a century now, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. The ROTC program was established by Congress, June 3,...
Army Ten-Miler and General Dynamics officials announced that runners attending the Army Ten-Miler’s General Dynamics Pasta Dinner are in for a special event and experience. Highlighting the dinner, attendees will meet the senior enlisted leadership...