AUSA’s 5 Things

Monday, December 9, 2019

AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members
1  Never Alone

Troops from the U.S. Army and China?s People?s Liberation Army recently completed tabletop and field exercises in Hawaii as part of the 15th annual disaster management exchange. These exercises are important because the Indo-Pacific region is at risk for earthquakes, typhoons, flooding and other disasters that would require large-scale emergency response.

What to Watch: Maj. Gen. Daniel McDaniel, an Australian officer serving as U.S. Army Pacific deputy commanding general, said the exercises provide an important lesson. “No one nation can do it all by itself,” he said. ?The best results, we know by experience, are achieved together.”

2  Overseas Basing

A national defense survey finds 65% of Americans support having U.S. military bases around the world, with only 28% wanting reduced U.S. presence abroad. The study released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute ?clearly shows that Americans remain steadfast in their support for a strong military,? said Roger Zakheim, the institute?s Washington director.

What to Watch: Sixty-one percent are ?extremely supportive? of military force to eliminate potential threats to the U.S., and 84% said the U.S. should work with allies to stop a North Korean missile attack, using force if necessary.

3  They?re Back

The Army Reserve?s 455th Chemical Brigade, born in World War II as the 100th Chemical Battalion, has been reactivated as part of the 76th Operational Response Command. The new commander, Col. Yvette Rose, said the 455th is the only chemical brigade to have seen combat as a result of its deployment during the global war on terror. It will have three battalions, 12 companies, two Army Reserve elements and 2,000 soldiers assigned.

What to Watch: Rose said she expects great things from the brigade. ?This is the fifth time in history the unit has been activated, and that can only mean we?re really awesome, and we are critically important to America?s mission.?

4  Validating Potential

About 800 Army officers seeking battalion command will undergo five days of ?scientifically valid? assessments of their physical and mental capabilities to determine their eligibility and ranking for command. A cadre of 150 senior officers, behavioral scientists and others will be standing by to perform the evaluations.

What to Watch: Part of the Army talent management initiative, evaluations will be done in January and February at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to more deeply analyze leadership qualities and potential, although Army officials promise past performance and achievement remain important factors in determining command assignments.

5  AUSA Job Fair

Forty-six businesses have signed up to participate in a December job fair at AUSA?s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The free event features military-friendly companies with defense and non-defense jobs.

What to Watch: The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at 2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Details are available here:

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