AUSA’s Five Things

Monday, February 18, 2019

AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members

1 Top Recruiter

The Army National Guard’s Recruiter of the Year is Sgt. 1st Class Todd Crawford of the Wyoming Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “I love being a recruiter,” Crawford said. “The biggest thing for me is to be able to help people achieve their dreams and goals.”

What to watch: Earning the Recruiter of the Year title involved being the top recruiter in his state and then being judged in a two-day evaluation focused on appearance, education, knowledge and leadership.

2 Aviation Legend

After more than 60 years of service, John Shipley has retired but not before the longtime director of the Aviation Integration Directorate of the Aviation and Missile Command was inducted into the Army Materiel Command Hall of Fame for his lifetime of achievement supporting military aviation. He’d headed the directorate since 1982.

What to watch: AMC Commander Gen. Gus Perna said the Army turned to Shipley after the 1980 Desert One mission failure in Iran for help with special operations aviation demands. “There is a cliché we have all heard—‘He was a legend in his own time’—but when that is said about Mr. John Shipley, it is not a cliché, it is the truth,” Perna said.

 IDEX Underway

IDEX 2019, a biennial defense exhibition and conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, got underway yesterday featuring 1,100 defense exhibits in 12 exhibition halls. A 50,000-square-foot USA Security and Defense Pavilion is organized by the Association of the U.S. Army. It includes a speakers’ corner where U.S. defense and Army officials are expected to speak.

What to watch: IDEX 2019, expected to be the largest defense exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa, continues through Thursday, Feb. 21.

4 Dailey on Sexual Harassment

Asked at a Feb. 7 congressional hearing about sexual harassment and assault in the military, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey was clear in his response: “If there is one thing I could rid from our Army tomorrow morning, this would be it.” He said, “We have to do a better job of changing the culture. … We have to get acts of indiscipline out of our formation.”

What to watch: Dailey said it will take continued work, especially focused “down at the unit level to rid this problem from our military.”

5 ‘Purple Bomb’

Army Secretary Mark T. Esper describes hypersonic weapons as the “purple bomb” because the Army, Navy and Air Force are working together on the boost-glide technology that could fundamentally change warfare. The weapon being designed could fire from the ground, from ships or from aircraft, flying at five times the speed of sound.

What to watch: By cooperating, the services may be able to shave five years off the time it will take to field a hypersonic weapon, a good thing considering Russia and China are also developing the technology.

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