AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members
1Top Drill Sergeant
Army Reserve Sgt. Devin Crawford of the 3rd Battalion, 334th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division, 108th Training Command, is the Army’s Drill Sergeant of the Year after a five-day competition at Fort Sill, Okla. The Regular Army and reserve component Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions were combined last year, making Crawford the first Army Reserve soldier to win the combined competition.
What to watch: Crawford will soon report for duty at the Center for Initial Military Training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., but not before one other big event. He’s marrying Heather Treffert on Oct. 6.
2Sleep Is Cheap
Col. David Romine, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center command surgeon, says having the philosophy you’ll sleep when you’re dead might be self-fulfilling because lack of sleep is the cause for many military accidents and deaths. Except for aviation, where crew rest time is regulated, “there remains an entrenched disregard for the negative effects of sleep deprivation-related fatigue and the damaging effects on performance and safety,” he says.
What to watch: “Sleep is cheap,” Romine advises. “It costs nothing to rest troops properly, with proven, immediately realized returns on investment of improved readiness and reduced loss.”
Speaking to the University of North Georgia’s Corps of Cadets, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley stressed the importance of personal integrity. “You are going to have to have spines of titanium,” he said. Warning they’ll face “intense, pressurized environments” as Army officers, Milley said, “integrity is what will make or break leaders.”
What to watch: Trust and integrity, morality and being ethically correct are constant themes from Milley, who has been blunt in describing the evolving character of war that will force future officers to make snap decisions without always having detailed guidance from higher headquarters.
4 Contracting Pros
Kevin P. Puma of Army Contracting-New Jersey and Stacy Watson of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems are sharing the 2017 Army Contracting Professional of the Year Award. Puma works at Picatinny Arsenal. Watson is part of the Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions section, known as CHESS, which is located at Fort Belvoir, Va.
What to watch: Puma, Watson and other winners of contracting excellence awards will be honored at a November ceremony. Nominations are already open for the 2018 awards.
On Sept. 7, Lt. Gen. James F. Pasquarette received his third star and started his new assignment as the Army’s G-8, the deputy chief of staff for programs, requirements and resources. An armor officer who previously served as U.S. Army Japan commander, Pasquarette fills a job created by the promotion and new assignment of Gen. John M. Murray to be first commander of the U.S. Army Futures Command.
On Sept. 17, 1918, after four days of fighting involving seven American Expeditionary Forces divisions and four French divisions along a 33-mile front, Gen. John J. Pershing is consolidating forces between Moselle and Meuse Heights. This first American-led offensive of the war included support from tanks and aircraft. Pershing is about to take command of all Allied forces in the American zone on a campaign for an offensive scheduled to launch on Sept. 26.
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