Soldier Today

Thursday, March 26, 2020
From the SMA’s Leader Book

One of the strengths of our great Army is the unique ability of our Soldiers to rise to the occasion and get the job done, no matter what the adversities or the situation, during war and peace.

—SMA Julius W. Gates, USA Ret.

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Study Topics

The US flag is folded in the triangular shape of a cocked hat. Why is this?

It symbolizes the three-pointed hats worn by Soldiers of the Revolutionary War.

Enlisted Promotions Exceptions During Covid-19

Army makes exceptions to enlisted promotion policy during COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Army has initiated several policy exceptions that will impact enlisted promotion cycles scheduled until the end of this fiscal year, unless terminated sooner, G-1 officials announced Tuesday. Read more.

American Racing Headers Visit Troops In Kuwait

The Hellcat powered PriuSRT8 on Patton Drive at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

The Filippides’, at their own expense, took their HEMI-powered Toyota Prius, which they so fittingly refer to as PriuSRT8 — featuring a military theme — to perform burnouts and meet and greet the troops who make it possible for us to enjoy the automotive and racing hobbies here at home. Read more.

New Assignments

Command Sergeant Major Abuoh E. Neufville

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Command Sergeant Major Abuoh E. Neufville, Tripler Army Medical Center, Tripler AMC, HI, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major , Regional Health Command Pacific, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Command Sergeant Major Giancarlo Macri

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Command Sergeant Major Giancarlo Macri, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, OK, has been slected as the Command Sergeant Major, 10th Army Air Missile Defense Command, Germany.

Health and Fitness

Coronavirus: Safety tips for you

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read more.


A woman is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes she’s lost. She spots a man down below and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?” The man below says: “Yes you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.” “You must work in Information Technology,” says the balloonist. “I do,” replies the man. “How did you know?” “Everything you have told me is technically correct, and yet it’s of no use to anyone.” The man below says, “You must work in management.” “I do. How did you know?” “Well, you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help; and you’re in the same position as you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.

2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award

The 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program is now accepting applications!

Apply now for the Department of Labor’s 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. This is the only federal-level veteran’s employment award that recognizes employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans. Learn more and apply online at

Membership Benefits

AUSA Coffees from Call Sign Coffee

Call Sign Coffee is a combat service-disabled veteran and military spouse-owned business. Together, we created two special blend AUSA coffees – Attention! and At Ease. Attention! is a blend of high-grade Guatemalan and Tanzanian beans. At Ease is one of the best decaf coffees we’ve ever tasted. Take 15% off all coffees with code AUSA15. Proceeds from sales of AUSA coffees go to AUSA’s scholarship program (also a members-only benefit). Visit to access all your member savings, including Call Sign Coffee.

COVID-19 Update

Virtual Town Hall

Secretary Esper, CJCS Gen. Milley and SEAC Colón-López held a virtual town hall to answer questions from service members, their families, and DOD civilians and contractors on DOD’s COVID-19 response. Watch it
Facebook and video on demand.

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