AUSA’s 5 Things

Monday, November 11, 2019
AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members

This Veterans Day, the nation pauses to acknowledge the more than 20 million U.S. veterans, including the 9 million who served in the Army. While we join in marking Veterans Day, we at AUSA believe that showing respect for those who serve and who have served isn?t a once-a-year activity but part of our daily lives.

1 Grand Marshal Wilson

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, who retired after 37 years of service, in September was named the new president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. At the Association of the U.S. Army, she is a member of the Council of Trustees and a senior fellow for the Institute of Land Warfare.

What to Watch: Today, you?ll find Wilson serving as grand marshal of the 27th annual Veterans Day parade in Inverness, Florida. It starts at 10 a.m. at Citrus High School and ends at the old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

2 Tick, Tick, Tick

Congressional negotiators face a Nov. 21 deadline for reaching an agreement on fiscal year 2020 spending. One major disagreement involves a Trump administration effort to divert money from military construction projects to pay for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

What to Watch: An agreement by Nov. 21 appears unlikely while the construction funding dispute is unresolved. Expect another short-term funding bill to be passed that expires just before Christmas.

3 Perpetual Memorials

Veterans Legacy Memorial, launched in August, is intended as a perpetual memorial to veterans interred in the Department of Veterans Affairs? 136 national cemeteries. The searchable database has the name, rank, period of service, and date and location of the remains within the cemetery.

What to Watch: The VA plans to allow photos and testimonials to be added to the page for each veteran. Arlington National Cemetery, which is operated by the Army rather than the VA National Cemetery Administration, is not included. Visit the database here:

4 Patton Papers

Blood, Guts, and Grease: George S. Patton in World War I is a new book focused on the famous and celebrated Army general before he was famous or celebrated. Based on Patton?s papers and National Archives documents, the book by Jon Mikolashek looks at how an ambitious young officer thrived and set the course for the rest of his career by serving in the American Expeditionary Forces. It was published in August as part of the AUSA Book Program.

What to Watch: Mikolashek will talk about his book on Wednesday during an Institute of Land Warfare Lemnitzer Lecture at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He?ll also sign copies of this book. For more, visit:

5 Talented Breakfast

Then-Brig. Gen. Joseph McGee was assigned in June 2018 as the Army?s Talent Management Task Force director and charged with finding ways to change practices, policies and culture to recruit and retain soldiers in a highly competitive environment. The idea, he says, is providing flexible career paths to develop and then employ people in their most effective manner.

What to Watch: McGee, now a major general, will be the guest speaker on Thursday at an Institute of Land Warfare breakfast, where he will describe the progress being made in the Army?s most comprehensive personnel management reform in more than 70 years. Here are the details:

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