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March 2011 AUSA News

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In May 2010, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he had ordered the Pentagon to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the military bureaucracy in search of at least $10 billion in annual savings. He said, "Given America’s difficult economic...
White House officials released a report Jan. 24 that unveils a new, government-wide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life...
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The Veterans Affairs Department is on its way to eliminating its claims-processing backlog within four years, a senior VA official said in mid December. Under the guidance of VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, VA will deem claims as "backlogged" if they...
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The Army’s 27th Annual Army Ten-Miler, the third largest 10-mile race in the world, is set for Oct. 9 at the Pentagon in Washington. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the annual Army Ten-Miler features a world class race...
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I recently received a great letter from Staff Sgt. Michael D. Harms that was forwarded to me by Col. Randy L. Williams, USA, Ret., president of the Executive Board of our AUSA Kuwait Chapter. Harms was selected as the Area Support Group – Kuwait...
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A commission of retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity, plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat. The nonpartisan...
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Nominations to serve on the Association of the United States Army’s Council of Trustees were submitted by the national nominating committee to the council for consideration at its meeting at AUSA headquarters in late January. Five serving council...
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., Army War College Class of 1978, president of the Association of the United States Army and the 32nd Army chief of staff (1991 – 1995), was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award for his military leadership and...
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If it continues on its current path, North Korea could be a "direct threat" to the United States in five years or less, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Jan. 11 in Beijing, China. Gates has shared with Chinese officials America’s concern about...
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AUSA Family Programs often partners with other associations or groups to provide assistance to families for the various challenges we know they are experiencing. Stronger Families is one of our partner organizations and we recently sponsored a...
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The longest-running high school all-star game in the nation was played out in front of a nationally televised audience Jan. 8, when the U.S. Army-sponsored All-American Bowl kicked off at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. In an East versus West...
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I began the January column with the news that neither a defense authorization nor a defense appropriations bill had been signed. I am happy to report that on the very last day of the 111th Congress, a pared-down defense authorization bill for Fiscal...
It generally takes four years to develop a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. It took about a minute Jan. 8 to transition two students from cadets to second lieutenants in the United States Army. The Army’s newest officers received their...
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Oversight plan for House defense panel released. The House Armed Services Committee recently released its draft oversight plan for the 112th Congress. AUSA was pleased to see that in many areas, the oversight plan agrees with our 2011 Resolutions. (...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) recently published a Defense Report on the Declaration on Defense and Security Co-operation, a defense treaty signed by France and Britain on Nov 2. Titled "The French-British Defense Treaty: Setting History...
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TRICARE 26 program "on fast track." The Department of Defense announced details of the premium-based TRICARE Young Adult Program (TYAP) which extends medical coverage to eligible military family members to the age of 26. Expected to be in place...