A Veterans Day Message from the Secretary of Defense

A Veterans Day Message from the Army Leadership

On this Veterans Day, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is asking Veterans to share their stories on social media using the hashtag #shareyourstory so that Americans can help celebrate what our troops do every day to defend the United States.

From the Region President

I very much want to wish each of you a glorious Veteran's Day - a time to honor those who have served - AND are continuously serving; and a time to say thank you to all of you who do so much in AUSA.  Thank you for your dedication and selfless service to our Army and to all of our Service Members.

I, also, wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving - a wonderful time to share love and happiness with families and friends.  This is a great time to be together and show our love for everyone we know.  We all have so very much to be thankful for, I am hoping that you have the opportunity to share your love and reminiscences with those close to you.Enjoy your Veteran's Day - thank our Veterans for their work; and enjoy your Thanksgiving - I'm sure your family and friends will appreciate having you with them.  My best to all.

Please always remember -

  • One person can make a difference!

  • The opportunities to learn from each other - our leaders, our subordinates, our peers - are endless, by sharing ideas and experiences of the good character of our admirable Soldiers.

Sharlee "Charley" Smith
Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret)
President, AUSA Sixth Region

AUSA and NGAUS Join Forces Against Sequestration
AUSA President GEN(Ret) Gordon Sullivan and National Guard Association of the United States President MG(Ret) Gus Hargett have sent a joint letter to the Congressional leadership urging them to stop sequestration..  They state that the "continued effects of sequestration on the Department of Defense will cause the Army, Active, Guard and Reserve, to fall into unreadiness."

SECARMY Priorities for Fiscal Year 2015
Secretary of the Army John McHugh has published his priorities for the fiscal year which started in October.  Please note number 6--Tell the Army Story.  That's where we all come in as members of AUSA.
Open Letter to Vets from the VA Secretary
VA Secretary Robert McDonald has written a letter to vets explaining how the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 will lead to new programs and better service to the nation's veterans.
Soldier for Life
Soldier for Life (SFL) is the Army's program to earn that trust by providing resources and opportunities for Soldiers, veterans and families who are in transition.  The SFL program is founded upon the central idea that once a Soldier joins the active or reserve component of the United States Army, he or she is a Soldier for life.  Read the Institute for Land Warfare's Torchbearer publication on SFL The  SFL website is also the new home of the Army's Retirement Services Office and includes information for soldiers, veterans, military families/Gold Star families about health services, education, employment and benefits.

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

Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America's Army and the men and women who serve.

AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America's Army--Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees and family members. AUSA provides numerous professional development opportunities at a variety of events both local and national.

The Sixth Region represents 13 chapters in 6 states with approximately 5,000 members.

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