"Our first priority is the delivery and sustainment of effective security cooperation programs on the African continent and its island nations."
- Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, AFRICOM commander, speaking at the ceremonial activation of U.S. Africa Command
Africa command unfurls colors during Pentagon ceremony
The Army Exhibit
What is it?
The Army Exhibit is a must-see, interactive, audio-visual experience featured as part of the AUSA annual meeting, to be held from Oct. 6-8 at the Washington Convention Center. The Army Exhibit "experience" explains how the changing face of warfare in the 21st century poses an unprecedented threat to our very way of life. Visitors will truly understand the nature of Soldiering, the importance of Soldiers to America, and why Soldiers, families, and Army civilians are truly the strength of the nation.
What has the Army done?
The Army designed and constructed an exhibit that is anything but a static display; rather, the Army Exhibit provides visitors with multiple opportunities to listen, learn and participate. The Army Exhibit comprises three zones: Zone 1 is Warrior's Corner which features live presentations addressing areas from war fighting to community covenant updates ; Zone 2 is a theater venue which features two powerfully emotional videos called "America's Army: The Strength of the Nation" and "Faces of Strength;" and finally Zone 3 presents two informative workshops: the first is called "Your Army - Your Story," where visitors learn how to better communicate the Army story, and the second presentation will address how the Army family can tap into invaluable community resources covering topics from educational benefits to employment opportunities.
Why is this important to the Army?
We have been engaged, for more than seven years, in continuous combat. Over 1 million of our country men and women have deployed to combat and over 4,500 have sacrificed their lives. The Army faces an era of persistent conflict where protracted confrontation among state, non-state, and individual actors that are increasingly willing to use violence to achieve political and ideological ends; therefore, keeping both our internal and external audiences informed of current and developing Army programs and initiatives has never been more critical. The Army Exhibit is the significant centerpiece of this effort.
What is planned for the future?
The Army will maintain a suite of exhibits available to support forums from large conventions to special event off-sites. Video products will be available to Army-wide public affairs offices for further dissemination.
- 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"
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