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

Expanding Partnerships Help Army CFTs Solve Problems

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Brigadier Gen. John L. Rafferty, Jr., Director, Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team, United States Army Futures Command, speaks
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Expanding Partnerships Help Army CFTs Solve Problems

The Army’s cross-functional teams are expanding their partnerships as the service races to deliver on its sweeping modernization priorities, several team leaders said during a Warriors Corner presentation at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

“We've been expanding our partnerships and team beyond where you might think we're narrowly focused,” said Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team. 

Retired SMA Kenneth Preston Receives Marshall Medal

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AUSA President and retired Gen. Robert B. Brown (left) and former SMA Dan Dailey (partially hidden), present the George Catlett Marshall Memorial medal to former SMA Kenneth O. Preston
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Retired SMA Kenneth Preston Receives Marshall Medal

The Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award for dedicated and selfless service to the nation was presented Oct. 13 to retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, a career cavalry soldier who during his time in uniform and his post-service career dedicated himself to improving the military profession and making lives better for troops and their families. 

SMA: NCOs Must Take Time to Know Their Soldiers

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston delivers remarks
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SMA: NCOs Must Take Time to Know Their Soldiers

Working to get after some of the social challenges facing the force, the Army’s top enlisted leader urged NCOs to think differently about what it means to take care of their soldiers.

Outlining his top priorities Oct. 13 during a forum for NCOs at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston took aim at the phrase, “All I see is green,” that over time has become a way of telling soldiers they are all being treated equally.

Army Eyes Expanded Experimentation for Emerging Concepts

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Col. David Parkes, Director of the U.S. Army's National Simulation Center, addresses attendees
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Army Eyes Expanded Experimentation for Emerging Concepts

Among the challenges presented by multidomain operations is the need to test and evaluate concepts and systems in that environment. 

Traditional testing has involved dragging systems and networks out into the desert, running the test, then breaking down the networks before they’re returned to their original locations, according to panelists at a Warriors Corner presentation during the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. 

Army Modernization Continues to ‘Push the Boundaries’

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Karen D.H. Saunders, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology), speaks
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Army Modernization Continues to ‘Push the Boundaries’

When it comes to delivering next-generation capabilities to soldiers, Army leaders on Oct. 13 emphasized the importance of teamwork between the service and industry.

“It’s a team sport,” said Karen Saunders, senior official performing the duties of the assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology.

Gen. Mike Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command, agreed, citing the Army’s 31 plus 4 priority modernization efforts. 

Army Grapples With ‘Very Serious’ Climate Change Threat

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John E. Surash, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment) delivers remarks
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Army Grapples With ‘Very Serious’ Climate Change Threat

Climate change poses a “very serious” threat to U.S. national security, but the Army’s mission remains the same, said J.E. “Jack” Surash, senior official performing the duties of assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment.

Lowman: Army Civilians Must Modernize Alongside Soldiers

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Christopher Lowman, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of the Army, delivers remarks
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Lowman: Army Civilians Must Modernize Alongside Soldiers

As the Army continues to modernize, it’s more important than ever that the service’s civilian employees keep pace with the right skills to support a force capable of multidomain operations.

“If you're an Army civilian, what I'll tell you is readiness is not all about Army units that are trained, equipped and manned to fight battles,” said Christopher Lowman, senior official performing the duties of Army undersecretary. “Army readiness applies to you and I just as much, because you play a critical role in developing the Army and making sure that they'll be successful.”

Pandemic Fueled ‘Unprecedented’ Army Response

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Lt. General Raymond S. Dingle, The Surgeon General, United States Army Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command, speaks
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Pandemic Fueled ‘Unprecedented’ Army Response

Facing COVID-19, a new and silent enemy, the Army fought back with a level of cooperation and created “a synergy that was unprecedented,” Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said Oct. 13 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Warriors Corner Attendees Get Modernization Updates

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Brigadier Gen. William R. Glaser addresses attendees
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Warriors Corner Attendees Get Modernization Updates

Several of the Army’s cross-functional teams provided updates on their modernization efforts during Warriors Corner presentations at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Topics covered Oct. 12 included the critical ties between aviation modernization and the new modular open systems approach; the role of the Unified Network in enabling decision dominance; the  asymmetric advantage provided by synthetic training; and advancements in next-generation combat vehicle development.

AUSA 2021 Wraps Up With Marshall Medal Presentation

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Soldiers walking at AUSA
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AUSA 2021 Wraps Up With Marshall Medal Presentation

Day Three of AUSA 2021 includes a series of contemporary military forums and the presentation of the Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award.