AUSA Bulletin


Thursday, October 11, 2018 

31,000 Attended AUSA 2018; Raddatz Receives Marshall Medal

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army, an event that drew more than 31,000 people, concluded Oct. 10 with the awarding of the association?s highest honor to ABC News global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz for telling the American people about the strength, will and sacrifice of U.S. soldiers and their families.

?I know of no one who has done more to connect the American soldier to the American public,? said retired Gen. Carter F. Ham, AUSA president and CEO, who said Raddatz is a unique journalist and author ?who unselfishly dedicates her time, talent and energy to telling the story of veterans, of soldiers and their families.?

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Esper Seeks Competitive Advantage

After years of tight budgets and advances by adversaries that have eroded the U.S. competitive advantage, the Army is ?moving out? to reform itself and to modernize to be ready to fight and win any future war, Army Secretary Mark T. Esper said Oct. 8.

?These efforts amount to nothing short of an Army renaissance,? Esper told the opening ceremony of the Association of the U.S. Army?s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. ?The time for change is now. We have the vision, strategy and leadership in place to ensure the Army remains prepared to deploy, fight and win our nation?s wars today and in the future.?

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Milley: Army Must Ensure Soldiers Have What They Need for Complex Battle

The Army is more capable today than it has been in decades, and it will need to remain at the highest level of readiness as the ?faint clouds of a coming storm? creep over the horizon, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said in his keynote remarks at the Eisenhower luncheon at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The need for a highly effective ground force is critical to the nation?s defense, he said, asserting ?the faint clouds of a coming storm are visible on the horizon, and our first duty to our soldiers and our nation is readiness. Readiness today and readiness tomorrow to prepare for that storm.?

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AUSA Publishes Graphic Novel on Sgt. York

A graphic novel featuring the story of Sgt. Alvin C. York?s heroic deeds in World War I, for which he received the Medal of Honor for valor, is being released by the Association of the U.S. Army on the 100th anniversary of York?s efforts in France as part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Available at www.ausa.org/york, this is the first illustrated book published by AUSA, said Joseph Craig, AUSA Book Program director.

Producing a graphic novel is an effort to expand the reach of AUSA?s educational mission to a younger audience, Craig said. Focus groups convened by Craig to discuss possible AUSA publications endorsed the idea of graphic novels and to have Medal of Honor recipients as the topic.

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Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit www.ausa.org/meet
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
ILW Landpower Education Forum
Army Readiness

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
ILW Breakfast Series
Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
ILW Lemnitzer Lecture & Book Signing
Col. Douglas V. Mastriano, USA Ret., author of Thunder in the Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle
 

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