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Edition: Tue, August 26, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

August 26 is Woman's Equality Day



"The struggle for women's rights is a story of strong women willing to take the lead and pave the way toward equal voting rights for all American citizens."

- A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Women's Equality Day, 2008

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"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some will view me as a trailblazer, but it's important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today.

-Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, first female nominated as a four-star general

Dunwoody confirmed as first female four-star

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Service Uniform (ASU) Wear Policy

What is it?

The Army has officially adopted the new Army Service Uniform or ASU as its new dress uniform replacing the Army Green. The ASU is steeped in historical significance and is a major part of the Army's heritage since colonial times.

What has the Army done?

With the adoption of the ASU, the Army has consolidated and streamlined its uniforms for ease of wear and care, providing simplified options and solutions for Soldiers. The move to a new uniform was not arrived at quickly but is a product of many years of coordination, consideration and testing and Soldiers played a key role in the design process. The decision to transition from the green to blue ASU was originally announced in June 2006 and during that 2-year period additional improvements were made based on feedback from Soldiers and leaders in the field. Senior Army leaders took the pulse of the force regarding the ASU, considered their input, and made refinements to the uniform to better reflect and honor Soldiers for their service in an era of persistent conflict.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In 2004, the Army reduced the number of battle dress uniforms from three to one when it adopted the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) in place of the winter and summer versions of the woodland pattern Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) and the Desert Combat Uniform (DCU). No future uniform changes are anticipated since the adoption of the ASU completes the transformation of all the Army's uniforms.

Why is this important to the Army?

The result will be one ASU uniform that is grounded in tradition, attractive, professional, of high quality and of which Soldiers will be very proud to wear. In addition to providing the best equipment and training available to prepare them for the fight, the new ASU instills pride, tradition and connects our Soldiers to warriors past. The entire uniform complement possesses the attributes of utility, simplicity and quality and will cost less than the current set of uniforms. Streamlining various service uniforms into one reduces the burden on Soldiers as the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) did for the field utility uniform.

The Army traces its uniform roots to a congressional resolution in 1779, when it directed General George Washington to prescribe the uniform. The resolution "authorized and directed the commander in chief, according to circumstances of supplies of clothing, to fix and prescribe the uniform, as well with regard to color and facings as the cut or fashion of the clothes to be worn by the troops of the respective States and regiments." Washington issued a general order
from his headquarters that prescribed blue coats with differing facings for the various state troops, artillery, artillery artificers and light dragoons.

Resources

ASU Web site

Related article: Army releases message announcing new service uniform

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Security program participants join Iraqi national police


CALENDAR

Aug. 8 - 24, 2008: XXIX Olympic Games: Beijing 2008: U.S Army Olympian Web site

Aug. 16, 2008: 25th Anniversary of Army Family Action Plan site

Aug. 26, 2008: Women's Equality Day

September, 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 2, 2008: Post World War II Japan

Sept. 7, 2008: Freedom Walk

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

OF INTEREST

WORLD VIEW

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

XXIX Olympic Games: Beijing 2008: U.S Army Olympian Web site

Military athletes come up big in Beijing

Temple football travels to Army for season opener on Friday