Crosland Becomes Defense Health Agency Director

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Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland
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Crosland Becomes Defense Health Agency Director

Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland is the new director of the Defense Health Agency, becoming the first Army woman to lead the agency.

Crosland, who most recently was deputy Army surgeon general and deputy commander for operations of Army Medical Command, was confirmed by the Senate for promotion to lieutenant general and is scheduled to receive her third star at a ceremony on Jan. 20. 

Rethinking Work-Life Balance as a Citizen-Soldier

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Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster speaks at the Warriors Corner about work-life balance at the AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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Rethinking Work-Life Balance as a Citizen-Soldier

Citizen-soldiers should reconceptualize work-life balance, said the first Army Reserve woman to graduate from Ranger School.

“There is no such thing as work and life; it is a continuum,” Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster said Oct. 12 during a Warriors Corner talk at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition. “It’s work-life support.” 

More than 274,000 soldiers serve in the Army Reserve, and 336,000 soldiers serve in the Army National Guard, according to DoD’s 2020 demographics profile. 

Pandemic Had Wide Impact on Soldiers, Families

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Pandemic Had Wide Impact on Soldiers, Families

The COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching impacts on soldiers, affecting their physical health as well as their behavioral health, finances and food security, according to the Army’s seventh annual “Health of the Force” report.

Released in mid-April, the report incorporates data from more than 41 installations around the world and evaluates them on over 20 health, wellness and environmental factors. This year’s report includes a section on COVID-19 and its effect on soldiers’ health, according to an Army press release. 

Army Resilience Director Speaks at AUSA Webinar

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Dr. Helis speaks
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Army Resilience Director Speaks at AUSA Webinar

Efforts by the Army to address harmful behaviors in the force will be the focus of an upcoming webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of AUSA’s Noon Report webinar series, will feature James Helis, director of the Army Resilience Directorate. It will begin at noon Eastern May 24.

The webinar is free, but registration is required here.

Leaders Pledge Continued Quality-of-Life Improvements

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Leaders Pledge Continued Quality-of-Life Improvements

The Army is seeking “adequate, sustainable, predictable” funding to continue improving its quality-of-life initiatives for soldiers and their families, a panel of Army leaders told lawmakers.

DoD to Offer Free At-Home COVID Tests

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DoD to Offer Free At-Home COVID Tests

Military beneficiaries will soon be able to get free at-home COVID-19 tests from hospitals or clinics on post, officials said.

The tests will be available “at military hospitals or clinics … in the coming weeks,” according to a Health.mil press release. 

“Beneficiaries are encouraged to first contact their provider if they have a known COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19,” the release said. 

Army National Guard Remains Busy at Home, Overseas

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Army National Guard Remains Busy at Home, Overseas

The number of National Guard soldiers on duty each month in support of the COVID-19 response has begun to go down, and as the pandemic wanes, the mission will end, the director of the Army National Guard said.

“At some point, we’re going to leave a COVID-19 environment,” Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen said Feb. 22 during a webinar hosted by the Center for a New American Security. “If you take that [mission] off our plate right now, that would reduce our operational tempo by a factor of about 15,000 soldiers a month.”

Recruiting Succeeded as COVID Concerns Grew

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Recruiting Succeeded as COVID Concerns Grew

In fiscal year 2020, the Army increased the quality of new recruits and relied more heavily on prior-service recruits to increase troop strength, according to a new Rand Corp. analysis. 

The good news for recruiting in a year when COVID-19 concerns changed the national employment situation, significantly increasing unemployment, is the Army managed to do well, says the Jan. 18 report.