Sixth Region Spring Meeting
April 7-10, 2016
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
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.”
You can meet General Ham at the
Chapter Armed Forces Day Brunch in Reno on May 22nd.
more about General Ham.
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
“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
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.
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