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AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition


Soldiers and defense industry officials gather annually in Washington D.C. for the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting (October 12-14 this year). This event consists of presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important business meetings. Among the meetings and events at this year’s annual meeting are military and family forums, a small business forum, professional development and Reserve/Guard seminars, a pre-retirement/survivor benefit plan briefing, and numerous networking events. will have a reporting team on the scene to cover all the angles. Make sure to check out this page throughout the week for the latest news and videos from the meeting.

US Faces 'Enduring Presence' in Afghanistan, 'New Reality' in Russia

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter provides remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army sustaining member luncheon Oct. 14, 2015 in Washington. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter strongly signaled Wednesday that the U.S. will retain a sizeable force of counter-terror, training and air support troops in Afghanistan well past the current deadline for their withdrawal at the end of 2016. Carter also said that the U.S. will have to adapt to a "new reality" of an aggressive Russia that wil... more

Military Health Officials Consider Fast Food, Vending Machine Changes

Senior Airman Bryant Fisher removes a tray of parts from a bench stock vending machine Dec. 15, 2010, in the phase hangar on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chad Warren)

Military officials said they want to make vending machines and fast food on base healthier by changing menus and bringing in nutritionally better brands and options. Franchises such as Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken, which have long operated under contracts with the Exchange services, are a common sight on military bases worldwide w... more

US Army's Mission in Europe Requires Guard, Reserve Units, Hodges Says

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (right), commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, talks with Maj. Gen. Sir George Norton (left), at the Distinguished Visitor Day visit to Exercise ARRCade Fusion, Nov. 20, 2014. (US Army)

When it came to conducting exercises to practice for the defense of Europe, the U.S. Army couldn't have done the last five without combat engineers from Alabama and Tennessee. "We had five annual training rotations of Alabama Guardsmen in Romania this summer," U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Tuesday at the Association of ... more

Army Draws up List of Possible Family Programs to Cut

Warriors in Transition compete in the Adaptive Bowling Tournament Jan. 15 at the Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center (Photo: Tiffany Boulez)

Rather than cut programs, Army officials have developed a priority list to identify which programs can be safely downsized or cut at the base level -- and which cannot. The list, known within Army Installation Management Command as the "bin chart," prioritizes programs into three categories. "High priority" includes programs that the Army i... more

Why Isn't the Education Compact Helping Us?

Photo: U.S. Army

Dear Q&B, When we moved last summer, our high schooler changed states and schools. We thought that the interstate compact would make sure that her 4.0 average came with her, but we found out that thanks to the way they grade at our new duty station, grades that once brought her a 4.0 count for less here. We tried to get the school to work with... more

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