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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today's Focus:

The 2011 Joint Services Power Expo

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I've really just come here to thank you. Thank you for your service, for what you've accomplished over the last number of years, and through you, thank your families."

- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, offering his personal gratitude to the Soldiers and their families for the continued dedication to the mission in Iraq, during his a three-day visit to Iraq in a meeting with troops deployed to U.S. Division-North, April 8.

Secretary of Defense visits U.S. Division-North in Iraq

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"More so than anything else, the skills that can be learned from the modules can be applied in almost every aspect of your life, be it on deployment, in combat, back at the garrison, in your family life and civilian community. We're not trying to teach what to think, but how to think and approach challenges, then how to negotiate those challenges."

- Capt. Paul B. Lester, a psychologist with Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, emphasizing the importance of the Global Assessment Tool survey that helps to measure a Soldier’s resiliency and psychological health

Soldiers need to retake GAT survey

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

The 2011 Joint Services Power Expo

What is it?

The Joint Services Power Expo brings together warfighters, decision-makers and technical experts from across the Joint Services and other government agencies, so they may interact with experts from industry and academia to identify current solutions and to develop short-term solutions for the warfighter's portable power needs.

What has the Army done?

This bi-annual event rotates among the services. The Army, which hosted the inaugural expo 14 years ago, will be hosting this year's event May 2-5 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This year's theme, "Smaller, Better, Greener - Reducing the Energy Footprint," focuses on tactical power and energy generation.

The workshops will address the latest developments in batteries, generators, fuel cells, micro-grids, renewable energy, hybrid systems, on-board vehicle power, garrison energy, power for remote locations and others.

Warfighters may provide feedback to and interact with scientists, engineers and key government officials - all of whom are working to develop and field power solutions that best support mission needs.

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

The Army understands that duty will prevent many Soldiers from attending and providing their valuable input in person. Therefore, engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center (CERDEC) will leverage milBook to generate dialogue with Soldiers and gather feedback regarding power needs.

The "Power Source Feedback" user group will allow warfighters with a milBook account to share frank observations and recommendations directly with the Army Power R&D community - before, during and after the expo. This feedback will then be assessed and incorporated.

Why is this important to the Army?

Not only does this effort support the Army's Renewable Energy Initiative and Operational Energy Strategy, it provides an opportunity for warfighters to directly affect change for near-term power solutions.

Current or previously-deployed Soldiers of all rank are encouraged to provide feedback by either attending the conference or joining milBook to access the "Power Source Feedback" user group. Your input is essential: effective improvements cannot be made if there is no honest discussion.

Resources:

Power Source Feedback

Joint Services Power Expo

CERDEC Army Power

U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command

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