Young Leaders Brief Chief, SMA at AUSA Solarium

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Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston participate in the Solarium Briefing with Senior Leaders at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Young Leaders Brief Chief, SMA at AUSA Solarium

A three-day Leader Solarium organized by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Center for Leadership in conjunction with the association’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition focused on strategies for how junior leaders—enlisted, officer, warrant officer and Army civilians—can be inspired team leaders. 

Grinston’s Initiatives Aim to Take Care of Soldiers

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston speaks at the Sergeant Major of the Army Initiatives Briefing during the AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Grinston’s Initiatives Aim to Take Care of Soldiers

From bringing back land navigation to examining the Army’s height and weight standards, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston is continuing his push to build cohesive teams and improve soldiers’ quality of life.

Grinston, who is in his fourth year as the Army’s senior enlisted leader, outlined his initiatives for the coming year during a briefing Oct. 12 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Marshall Medal Presentation Closes AUSA 2022

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AUSA Registration at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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Marshall Medal Presentation Closes AUSA 2022

Day Three of AUSA 2022 features a series of contemporary military forums and the presentation of the Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award.

On-site registration opens at 8 a.m.

In the morning, an Army civilian forum will feature Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo, while Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, will lead a forum titled “Landpower—The Contested European Theater.” 

Leaders Urge Army Families to Seek Help, Support

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston answers a question during the Family Forum III - Senior Leaders Town Hall at the AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Leaders Urge Army Families to Seek Help, Support

Questions about mental health and access to behavioral health providers prompted a frank discussion with Army senior leaders at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Addressing a standing room-only, town hall-style forum with military families, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth gave her assurance that seeking help is “nothing to be ashamed about,” acknowledging that she has sought counseling during difficult times in her own life.

Land Navigation is Coming Back

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Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims of Army Forces Command speaks during the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Professional Development Forum at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Land Navigation is Coming Back

It’s time for a return to land navigation training, said some of the Army’s top enlisted leaders, who agree that despite advances in technology, soldiers must master the most basic task: how to get where they’re going.

Grinston Urges Soldiers to ‘Tell your Army Story’

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston speaks at the Leader Solarium at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Rod Lamkey for AUSA)
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Grinston Urges Soldiers to ‘Tell your Army Story’

The Army is launching several initiatives to combat shortfalls in recruiting, but one simple technique can be utilized by every single soldier—telling their Army story in their hometowns.

“We need to tell our stories in our hometowns,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston told a group of young leaders during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Recruit Prep Course Shows ‘Promising’ Results

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Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston take questions during a press conference at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. (Mike Morones for AUSA)
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Recruit Prep Course Shows ‘Promising’ Results

Early results of a preparatory program for Army recruits “look pretty promising,” and the effort will soon be expanded if more progress is made, according to Army leaders.

“Depending on how that plays out in the next month or two, I think we will look at expanding that to some additional training sites, which would obviously help us,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Oct. 10 during a press conference at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

“The early results of [the program] look pretty promising,” she said.

Army Challenges Featured in Green Book Interviews

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Green Book 2022-2023
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Army Challenges Featured in Green Book Interviews

In her second year as Army secretary, Christine Wormuth faces many challenges, but she is also upbeat.

“I think the Army is in a good place,” Wormuth said in an interview in the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022–2023 Green Book.

McConville: Army Must Prepare for ‘Different Fight’

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Soldiers conduct live-fire training.
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McConville: Army Must Prepare for ‘Different Fight’

The Army must be ready to fight whenever and wherever it is needed, the service’s senior leaders said.

“We are at an inflection point in the United States,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said. “We need to be ready to fight tomorrow, and we need to fight every single day after that. … Don't ever forget … your job is to protect the nation and fight and win the nation’s wars.”