AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members
1$330 Million For Family Housing
The 2019 military construction budget signed into law Sept. 28 provides $330.6 million for new Army family housing, exactly what the Defense Department requested. The single-biggest project is building 111 units in Vicenza, Italy. Also funded are 90 units at Camp Walker, Korea, and improvements to 72 units in Baumholder, Germany.
What to watch: The $376 million operations and maintenance budget is bigger than funding for construction, covering management, utilities, leasing and upkeep.
A new challenge at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is finding a way to keep technology working when shaken and stirred. ?Most equipment doesn?t work well when it is being shaken really hard, like people don?t work well when they are being shaken really hard,? said Robert Haynes of the Army Research Laboratory, where experiments are underway to reduce vibration.
What to watch: The ?shake, rattle and roll? testing could have wide implications on engine design and manufacturing, finding ways to make things work longer without breaking.
The 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Frances Arnold, a chemical engineer at the California Institute of Technology whose research into cost-effective synthesis of biofuels was initially funded by the U.S. Army. The fifth woman in history to receive the chemistry prize, she had an Army Research Laboratory grant in the 1990s and her work got additional Army support in 2003.
What to watch: Robert J. Kokoska, the Army Research Laboratory?s microbiology program manager, said recognition for Arnold validates the Army Research Office way of pursuing basic research. ?Twenty years ago, an ARO program manager recognized a potentially unique and exciting approach that could change the way biology can be used to expand the possibilities and range of biochemical synthesis,? he said.
4Soldier, NCO Of the Year
Cpl. Matthew Hagensick and Sgt. 1st Class Sean Acosta have been recognized as the best of the best. Hagensick, of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was announced as Best Soldier for 2018 and Acosta, of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, was announced as NCO of the Year.
What to watch: Training is already underway for the 2019 Best Warrior Competition, which will be the 18th-annual test of knowledge, skill and physical fitness.
Positioning the Army for major change, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper describes this as a renaissance that requires comprehensive improvements to improve readiness, increase lethality and modernize doctrine, weapons and equipment so the force is prepared for future conflict.
What to watch: Esper warns that this is an urgent mission. ?We must act now,? he said. ?Be under no illusion that this will be easy.?
World War I Remembered
On Oct. 15, 1918, heroism shown three days earlier in Cunel, France, by 1st Lt. Samuel Woodfill of the 5th Division has led to talk of his being nominated for a Medal of Honor. He led his Company M, 60th Infantry, into heavy enemy fire, at least three times charging machine-gun positions. Once he struggled with an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat, and later defended himself with a pickax he found on the ground.
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