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May 2013 AUSA News

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AUSA-supported legislation passes An Association of the United States Army-supported amendment offered by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., to restore funding for the military’s tuition assistance (TA) program was adopted by the...
The Army projects a decrease in 10,000 to 14,000 recruits across the services this fiscal year as military entrance processing stations shut down one day per week. Beginning in April, civilian military entrance processing stations, or MEPS,...
After receiving his fourth star, Gen. John F. Campbell was sworn in as the Army’s 34th vice chief of staff by Secretary of the Army John McHugh at the Pentagon March 8. An hour earlier, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the outgoing vice chief for the last...
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It is hearing season on the hill and when you walk the halls of Congress you must be alert because at this time of year a lot of "first timers" are wandering the halls often looking anywhere but where they are walking. Your government affairs team...
The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known as the "Screaming Eagles," assumed responsibility of the combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan, March 14, in a ceremony on Bagram Airfield. Combined Joint Task Force-101, will operate in...
The Army’s oldest division headquarters is officially home after a year in Afghanistan. The 1st Infantry Division marked its return to American soil on March 19 with a colors uncasing ceremony at Victory Park, Fort Riley, Kan. Surrounded by stones...
The nation’s top military officer told a think tank audience in Washington, D.C., March 18 that while U.S. forces face rising security and financial risks, he offers "a little peace of mind in the context of uncertainty." Speaking as part of a...
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The Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released a new publication. "The U.S. Army in the Pacific: Assuring Security and Stability" (Torchbearer National Security Report, April 2013) discusses the Army’s...
Norwich University officials recently announced that Lt. Col. Thomas P. McKenna, USA, Ret., of Stowe, Vt., is the 2013 William E. Colby Award winner for his book "Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam," an Association of the United States Army...
The U.S. Army Cadet Command announced recently the eight winners of the MacArthur Awards for the school year 2011-2012. The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 273 senior Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units...
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Spending bill clears Congress. Government shutdown averted. Congress cleared a spending package that not only averted a government shutdown, it also gave the Defense Department some fiscal breathing room. What was not averted was the sequester. It...
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In this time of fiscal uncertainty it seems to me that the federal civilian workforce is being demonized as a too-highly paid, unnecessarily large work force, and is seen by many as a convenient cost containment target whose pay has been frozen by...
It takes a lot of work to keep a military family functioning at high speed. With the continual relocation, keeping kids busy, or even deployments, being a military spouse is a full time job in itself. But they’re up to the challenge. Considering the...
It’s a problem with which we’re all too familiar: More than 500,000 veterans have received disability ratings from the VA over the last dozen years, many severe enough to be life altering. According to a study by Rand Corporation, as many as one out...
The Army has made available to soldiers a new online resource to complement the Ready and Resilient Campaign that launched in March. The campaign’s website is available at www.army.mil/readyandresilient , and is designed as a "one-stop shop" for...
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Mark your calendar – May 1 at 12:01 EST. In the last issue of our monthly newspaper, AUSA NEWS, and in a story that recently appeared on the AUSA website under "Headline News," was a very important article from the Army Ten-Miler staff at the U.S...
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TRICARE West Region transitions to new contractor. TRICARE beneficiaries in the West Region are now getting their coverage from a new contractor, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. The change was effective on April 1. UnitedHealthcare sent...