General Membership Meeting Notes - 5 September 2018
On Wednesday, 5 September 2018 the Association of the United States Army, Texas Capital Area Chapter hosted its general membership meeting at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas. This meeting was the first opportunity for our chapter to learn more about the recently established US Army Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Our guest speaker was COL Patrick R. Seiber, Director of Communications for Army Futures Command. The meeting was well attended with more than 200 personnel attending this important event. Chapter members, Senior Texas Army National Guard leaders, community partners and business leaders, academic representatives from local universities, and veterans groups were in attendance.
COL Seiber provided a presentation on the mission and structure of this new organization. He presented a most informative discussion on the goals and importance of this new four star command to the modernization of our Army. COL Seiber stated that “Key to this modernization is the leverage of private sector innovation, cutting-edge science and technology, and the formation of an innovation focused cooperation environment with leading academic and commercial institutes.”
Army Futures Command will reside in Austin, Texas, because the city ranked highest on an assessment of locations with the best features in place to support the critical modernization effort. COL Seiber also stated “this is the biggest Army reorganization since 1973.” “The headquarters is expected to have about 500 uniformed and civilian employees once it is fully organized.” “The command won’t be fully operational until July 1, 2019, but Army leaders anticipate earlier results, believing the innovation-focused cooperative environment they hope to form will lead to major modernization decisions in the next year.”
COL Seiber provided a handout to support his discussion which outlined the organizational structure of Army Futures Command.
Mission: Army Futures Command will provide our Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need, when they need them, to ensure clear overmatch and success on future battlefields.
*Excerpt from U.S. Army Futures Command handout provided by COL Patrick R. Seiber
To conclude his presentation, COL Seiber held a question and answer period which was well received and allowed those present to obtain additional information about Army Futures Command. After his remarks, Chapter President Gerardo Soto presented COL Seiber with a chapter certificate of appreciation and Texas Capital Area Chapter coin.
It was also a pleasure for our chapter to recognize our newest Community Partner. Our newest Community Partner is Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. We are extremely happy to have this exceptional organization as a Community Partner. Representing Northrop Grumman Mission Systems was Ms. Katherine Kage. Chapter President MSG (Ret) Soto presented Ms. Kage with a certificate and Texas Capital Area Chapter coin. We look forward to an outstanding relationship with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.
After the completion of our speakers remarks and awards the Texas Capital Area Meeting was adjourned at 1245 hours. Our next meeting is scheduled for 5 December 2018 where we will celebrate the National Guard Birthday and receive a presentation on the future operations and structure of the Texas Army National Guard.
AUSA’s Texas Capital Area Chapter is excited to be the home chapter for Army Futures Command and look forward to many years of friendship and partnership in support of the soldiers and families of the United States Army.