Articles from Army Magazine, AUSA News, and Headline News relating to the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting

Registration Opens for AUSA Annual Meeting

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Registration Opens for AUSA Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2024 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Scheduled for Oct. 14–16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., the three-day event will feature addresses and professional development forums by top Army and DoD leaders on the Army’s transformation and its efforts to grow and prepare the force for a complex future battlefield.

Gainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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Lt. Gen. Sean Gainey speaks to troops
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Gainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Lt. Gen. Sean Gainey, commanding general of Army Space and Missile Defense Command, will speak July 23 at a Coffee Series event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The in-person event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. Eastern with registration, coffee and networking. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media.

Army Must Prepare for ‘Dynamic’ Global Environment

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Gen. Andrew Poppas, commanding general of FORSCOM, speaks at the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Reality of War session at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Eric Lee for AUSA)
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Army Must Prepare for ‘Dynamic’ Global Environment

Faced with a shifting global security environment that has grown even more uncertain in recent days, the Army is building readiness through the warfighting skills that come with trusting and empowering people, the commander of Army Forces Command said.

On the third and final day of the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Gen. Andrew Poppas led a discussion on what it will take to fight and win future wars, having listened in on security forums from Army leaders in the Indo-Pacific, Europe and Africa.

Civilians Essential to Building Army of 2030

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Dr. Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, speaks at the Army Civilian Showcase at AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Tristan Lorei for AUSA)
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Civilians Essential to Building Army of 2030

Army civilians are playing a vital role in building the Army of 2030, Army leaders said Oct. 11. 

“We cannot afford to lose sight of the efforts required to recruit the necessary skill sets and personnel to maintain robust career paths [for Army civilians], guarantee immediate and long-term readiness and construct the Army of 2030 in the face of adversity,” Agnes Schaefer, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said during an Army civilian showcase at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

Retired Gen. Shinseki Receives Marshall Medal

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AUSA President and CEO Gen. Bob Brown, right, and Gen. John Tilelli, left, present Gen. Eric Shinseki with the George Catlett Marshall Medal at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Eric Lee for AUSA)
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Retired Gen. Shinseki Receives Marshall Medal

The Association of the U.S. Army awarded its highest honor for selfless service to retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, a former Army chief of staff and former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The 80-year-old Hawaii native received AUSA’s George Catlett Marshall Medal Oct. 11, the final day of the association’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition, saying he was “deeply humbled” to receive the award. The Marshall Medal is named for the Army officer and statesman who led the Army, the State Department and Defense Department.

Soldiers Brief Senior Army Leaders at AUSA Solarium

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Solarium Briefing with Senior Leaders AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Tristan Lorei for AUSA)
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Soldiers Brief Senior Army Leaders at AUSA Solarium

A Leader Solarium organized by the Association of the U.S. Army concluded Oct. 11 with the opportunity for about 160 mid-grade NCOs and officers to pitch ideas to senior Army leaders about solving some of the service’s big challenges.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer listened to ideas on fixing a troubled soldier pay system, expanding cold-weather training and straightening out a complicated batch of unit rosters that don’t always agree on how many soldiers are in a unit.

More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

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LTG Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general of Installation Management Command, attends the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Taking Care of People session at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

Making sure military families on large Army posts have what they need to thrive is a big, intensive job—and it extends beyond the installation gates, a panel of leaders said Oct. 11.

SMA: Army Renews Focus on Standards, Discipline

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Initiatives Briefing at the  AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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SMA: Army Renews Focus on Standards, Discipline

NCOs drive change across the Army, and they will have a critical role as the service renews its focus on standards and discipline, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer said.

“We’re going to get after standards and discipline,” Weimer said Oct. 11 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition. “I can’t go anywhere in the Army and not have a conversation about standards and discipline.”

Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

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Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Randy A. George and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Family Forum IV: Senior Leaders Briefing at AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

In a town hall for family members featuring the Army’s top leaders, one soldier stood and stated his problem bluntly. His wife, he said, “would rather deal with Comcast than try to find information from the Army.”

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth visibly reeled from the rebuke, but then turned to the service’s new chief of staff, Gen. Randy George. 

Army Has Key Role in Preventing War in Indo-Pacific

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Gen. Charles Flynn, commanding general of US Army Pacific, speaks at the CMF: Landpower in the Indo-Pacific session at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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Army Has Key Role in Preventing War in Indo-Pacific

With an ongoing war in Europe and a new war in the Middle East, it’s more important than ever to keep war in Asia at bay by building the Army’s presence and capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, said Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of U.S. Army Pacific.

By building relationships, forward positions and training areas and conducting regular, campaign-style exercises with partners and allies, the Army is creating enduring operational advantage in the region for the joint force, he said.