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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I am not focused on numbers right now. We need to create an environment and culture which rejects assault, where someone feels comfortable in coming forward (to report assault)."

- Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr. speaks on the importance of preventing sexual harassment and assault during the 2010 Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C., March 30.

Casey, Dunwoody focus on preventing sexual assault

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"One of my favorite sayings is that the authority on leadership rests with the led. That is simply to say that if no one will follow me, by definition I am not a good leader. There is little room there for me to consider the fact that I am a woman. In fact, I do better as a leader to see past gender and race."

- Lt. Col. Paula Lodi, commander, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade at 395th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Women's History Month observance, March 22, 2010.

Q-West celebrates Women's History Month

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

March 2010

Women’s History Month (Women in the U.S. Army)

Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mar 29- April 2: Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Summit (SHARP Web site)

April 2010

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Month of the Military Child


PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Prepare

What is it?

Our Soldiers face determined enemies - so preparing the force for our current conflicts is essential for success. Prepare is the second of four Army imperatives and includes four key goals - accelerate the pace at which we grow the Army; improve training for a challenging operational environment; provide effective equipment in a timely manner; and transform the Army to a rotational model - Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) - the core process for generating trained, ready and cohesive units on a sustained and rotational basis - to meet current and future strategic demands.

What has the Army done?

In 2009, we made significant gains preparing the force. Accomplishments include:
• We began the phase-out of stop-loss, today no mobilizing or deploying units have stop-loss Soldiers in their ranks.
• The force achieved its "Grow the Army" end strength goal of 1.1 million and ended 15-month tours as of November 2009, when the last Soldiers on those extended deployments returned.
• We completed fielding nearly 12,000 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan and delivered the first MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) to Afghanistan - just 15 months after identifying the need for that capability.
• The Army exceeded fleet readiness of 90 percent for ground equipment, to include MRAPs and 75 percent for aviation.
• We established the Army Training Network (ATN) - a one-stop portal to share training best practices, solutions and products across the Army.

For more on what the Army has accomplished, see the 2010 Army Posture Statement at Army Posture Statement Web site

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

Highlights from the FY11 President's Budget include:
• Funds permanent, active component end strength at 547,400; Army Reserve at 205,000; and National Guard at 358,200; supports a 22,000 temporary increase in the active component through the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request.
• Procures and upgrades the Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook, and AH-64 Apache helicopters, which are vital to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• Provides over $1 billion for flight crew training in all components to fund flying hours, maintenance, fuel, airfield operations and specialized skill training.

Why is this important to the Army?

Preparing the force for our current conflicts is central to our continued success. Our units must have the people, training and equipment they need to prevail. Meanwhile, our institutions and systems must adapt to provide those critical capabilities in a timely manner and in sufficient quantities.

Resources:

Army Posture Statement Web site

Related STAND-TO! editions:

STAND-TO! Edition, March 4, 2010: 2010 Army Posture Statement

STAND-TO! Edition, March 17, 2010: Sustain

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