Army News Coverage - from the Legislative Issues Affecting the Total Army to Recent Developments in Army Technology, Strategy, and Policy 

Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

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Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

The Army surgeon general said he’s both “incredibly proud” and concerned about the Army medical community, one that is hardworking and dedicated but on the cusp of big changes. 

Speaking Dec. 7 at an Association of the U.S. Army Medical Hot Topic titled “Holistic Health and the Soldier,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said it is important that troops have confidence “to do things a normal man would not do” because they can depend on Army medicine to look out for them. 

Temporary Defense Funding Hurts National Security

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Temporary Defense Funding Hurts National Security

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed concern Dec. 6 over national security programs because of the delay of congressional approval of the fiscal 2022 defense funding bill. He termed the delay “fiscally unsound” and said the only people who would be pleased were the nation’s enemies.

Futures Command Leaders Step Down

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Futures Command Leaders Step Down

Army Futures Command bid farewell Dec. 3 to Gen. Mike Murray and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, who served for more than three years as the first command team for the Army’s newest four-star command.  

During the relinquishment of command ceremony in Austin, Texas, Murray was honored as he prepares to retire after more than 40 years of Army service, while Crosby handed responsibility as senior enlisted leader for Futures Command to Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester.   

Wormuth: Army ‘Stepping Up’ to Indo-Pacific Challenges

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Wormuth: Army ‘Stepping Up’ to Indo-Pacific Challenges

From its strong relationships with partners and allies to its ability to set the theater, the Army has a critical role as the U.S. works to deter and compete with China, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

“The reality is that competing militarily and strengthening deterrence in the Indo-Pacific is a joint undertaking, and certainly any potential military conflict with China would require the entire joint force,” she said. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has called China the military’s “pacing challenge,” and it’s a fitting description, Wormuth said.

Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

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Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

A webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army will highlight the role of special operations forces during the past 20 years of war and their part in future warfare.

The Dec. 9 event, part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders series, will feature three authors who have written books about special operations troops. It will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The webinar is free, but registration is required here.

AUSA Releases 7 New Podcasts in December

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AUSA Releases 7 New Podcasts in December

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing seven new podcast episodes in December, including exclusive interviews with paratroopers who deployed for the Afghanistan evacuation mission and a look at the role of hypersonic weapons on the future battlefield.

AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Army Medicine, Soldier Health

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AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Army Medicine, Soldier Health

Registration is open for the Association of the U.S. Army’s Hot Topic event Dec. 7. 

“Holistic Health and the Soldier: An Army Medical Hot Topic” is an in-person, daylong event that will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Throughout the day, attendees will be able to participate in a professional dialog with Army leaders, industry and academia as they explore Army medicine’s support of the service’s operational missions and readiness.

Inside the 82nd’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Mission

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Inside the 82nd’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Mission

A new special podcast from the Association of the U.S. Army reveals the thoughts of 82nd Airborne Division leaders about the unprecedented Afghanistan evacuation mission they undertook in August. 

Army Renames Annual Award for AUSA Director

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Army Renames Annual Award for AUSA Director

The Army is renaming its annual awards program for culinary specialists after one of the Association of the U.S. Army’s own.

Beginning in January, the Philip A. Connelly Awards Program will be renamed the Command Sgt. Maj. Troy J. Welch Award for Food Service Excellence. Welch, who retired from the Army in July 2007, has been AUSA’s director for NCO and Soldier Programs since January 2017.

“Having an award that has been around for a little over five decades named after me is not only humbling, it’s one of the greatest honors of my life,” Welch said.

Initiatives Tackle Key Issues for Military Families

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Initiatives Tackle Key Issues for Military Families

The Pentagon is working to address key issues affecting soldiers and their families, including food insecurity, access to child care and affordable housing, a senior leader said during a Thought Leaders webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army. 

Issues that affect military families are intimately connected with readiness and retention, said Patricia Barron, deputy assistant defense secretary for military community and family policy.