Sixth Region Spring Meeting
April 7-10, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Attendees at the 2016 Sixth Region Spring Meeting had a fun and informative time in the East Bay area.  In addition to presentations by representative of AUSA National and the Sixth Region, tours of the USS Hornet at the old Alameda Naval Air Station and the FDR's yacht USS Potomac at Jack London Square in Oakland were arranged by the MG William F. Dean Chapter.  We hope to see you at next year Spring Meeting next April hosted by the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

AUSA President Sullivan to Step Down on July 1st

Retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, left, will succeed retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan as AUSA's president and CEO effective July 1

Retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army, has announced he intends to step down effective July 1.

The Council of Trustees of the Arlington, Va.-based educational nonprofit has selected retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham as Sullivan’s successor.

“I’ve been proud for 18 ˝ years to lead a professional organization dedicated to supporting the Army and all of its parts,” Sullivan said. “We have an essential mission of the public voice for the Army, including its soldiers, veterans and retirees, their families, the Army’s civilian workforce and industry partners.”  Read more.

You can meet General Ham at the Westmoreland Chapter Armed Forces Day Brunch in Reno on May 22nd.

Read more about General Ham.

What Does AUSA Stand For?

We sometimes struggle to have a clear, unified message about what AUSA stands for. Two recent messages from AUSA President and CEO Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan might be useful in answering. 

The first appeared in AUSA Bulletin as our “Message from the President”:

“I am more concerned about America's Army today than any time since I first became a soldier in 1955.  Our Army has a flat budget and continues to make force structure reductions while facing expanding global operations, a combination that makes the goal of improving combat readiness dangerously out of reach. Instead, the Army faces a death spiral in which it consumes readiness faster than it can be restored, a situation that needs immediate attention from our nation's political leaders.

The second was an op-ed column published by DefenseOne, a leading online journal about defense and national security issues. In a nutshell, Gen. Sullivan believes it is foolish and dangerous to keep cutting force structure and soldiers until our nation, and calls for a “pause” in these reductions  He writes:

Our Army needs to follow the sage advice of a popular adage: When you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging.

Click here to read the General Sullivan's full op-ed piece.

"Voice for the Army - Support for the Soldier"
in the Pacific Northwest

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