Soldier Today

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019
From the SMA?s Leader Book

Young noncommissioned officers are the ones who call the shots; it is on their knowledge, initiative and courage that our success in battle rests.

?SMA Glen E. Morrell, USA Ret.

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Do You Know…

… what is the wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) Index used for?

The general use of the wet bulb globe temperature index is to determine the amount of heat stress on the body. Monitoring the index enables leaders to determine the proper preventative measures needed during hot conditions. Click here to view ‘WBGT Training by 8th Theater Sustainment Command’

AUSA ?Thought Leaders: War Animals? Podcast  

Not all war heroes are human!

Host Joe Craig, director of AUSA?s Book Program, speaks with author Robin Hutton about her new book War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II. She tells the inspiring true stories of the recipients of the PDSA Dicken Medal, the highest award an animal can receive for gallantry and bravery on the battlefield. It also includes stories of other military animals whose acts of heroism had been largely forgotten. Click here for podcast.

SCHOLARSHIPS DUE 7/31: : Less than two weeks left to apply for more than $300,000 in AUSA National-level scholarships for degrees, certifications, college debt reduction and more.


VA accepting applications for a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program, also known as the Rogers Scholarship, on Aug. 1. This program offers up to nine additional months of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits on top of those currently available for an additional maximum payout of $30,000. Read more.

New Assignments

Command Sergeant Major Steve H. Helton

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Command Sergeant Major Steve H. Helton, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, has been selected as the Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Management Division, Fort Knox, KY.

Meet Maryland National Guard Leadership

Click on photo to watch interview with NBC news on Today’s 3rd Hour

Sheinelle Jones talks with Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa Wilson, Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead and Brig. Gen. April Vogel, who make up the top command of Maryland?s National Guard. They discuss becoming trailblazers as the first all-female team to lead a state National Guard. Singh will retire later this summer after 36 years of service.

Health and Fitness  

Health benefits of mangosteen

Mangosteen is a reddish, dark purple fruit with white, juicy flesh and is considered the queen of fruits because of its exquisite taste that has the notes of ripe strawberry and peach. Mangosteen is an antioxidant-rich fruit, particularly known for the presence of xanthones in its white pulp. Xanthones are polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, according to research done by The Ohio State University. The fruit is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate, vitamin C, potassium and zinc as per the USDA National Nutrient Database Read more.


Blank?s Bar and Grill is located next door to the military installation?s cemetery. One evening in mid-winter, a drunk stumbled out of the tavern. Looking for a place to use the bathroom, he wandered into the cemetery where he fell into a freshly dug grave. ?Help!? yelled the drunk from the bottom of the hole, ?I?m freezing!? Finally, after several minutes of yelling, Sergeant First Class Johnny Smith, a Military Police officer, comes to the rescue. The drunk cries out again, ?Help me, I?m freezing!? ?Of course, you are,? replied Smith as he approached the hole. ?You kicked off all of the dirt they had you covered with.?

Member Benefit Highlight  

Summer Fun Savings

Take advantage of some of your AUSA Member discounts when planning your summer fun! Get there using your member discounts at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National car rentals. Make your hotel reservations with wholesale hotel savings of up to 60% off at more than 600,000 properties worldwide. And save on Disney, Universal Studios, theme park, water park and other attractions with your member discount on tickets. Visit to access all these great savings.

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