Army Chief of Staff's Retiree Council
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We must reject the traditional approach of applying across-the-board cuts -- the simplest and most politically expedient approach, both inside this building and outside of it. That kind of an approach preserves overhead and maintains force structure on paper. But it results in a hollowing out of the force from a lack of proper training, maintenance and equipment."
- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, at a Pentagon news briefing, May 18, announced the framework for a comprehensive review of military spending designed to put national security needs ahead of arbitrary budget cuts.
Gates budget review to 'force discussion' of risk analysis
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Working with different forces, you get to learn all kinds of new things. We got to know each other very well, and we made very good friends."
- Spc. Masami Yamakado, speaks about the South African National Defense Force 2011 Regional Combat Rifle Competition held in in Bloemfontein, South Africa, May 2-8, 2011, where a team of eight New York National Guard Soldiers competed against soldiers and police officers from South Africa, Great Britain and New Zealand
On target for partnership: New York Guard Soldiers form bonds in South African rifle match
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Information Papers with "2011 Army Posture Statement"
- Strategic Communication Resource Guide (AKO log in required)
- 2011 US Army Social Media Handbook
- US Army Social Media (AKO log-in required)
- Early Bird News Site
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal (AKO log in required)
- Officers interested in becoming military science professors may compete this summer
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- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
Monday, May 30: Memorial Day
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- The name game: Who will be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
- Are U.S. troops losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan?
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- Armed Forces Day: United in one cause
- Obstacles no match for Warrior Games in Colorado Springs area
- Army ready to compete in Warrior Games
Army Chief of Staff's Retiree Council
What is it?
The Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council is made up of 14 retired Soldiers who are nominated by their installation retiree councils, approved by the CSA, and serve four-year terms, representing more than a million retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and family members worldwide.
These retired Soldiers are recalled to active duty annually for a meeting. At the meeting, DoD and Army leaders brief their programs, address retiree concerns and ask for the continued support of retired Soldiers and families. Armed with this knowledge and their research before the meeting, the Council addresses retiree issues submitted by installation councils. At the close of the meeting, the Council co-chairs, meet with the CSA to report the council's recommendations on these issues and to reinforce retired Soldiers' and spouses' continued support for the Army.
What has the Army done?
The CSA Retiree Council, once separate officer and enlisted councils, met for the first time from June 5-9 , 1972, and was welcomed by the retired CSA Gen. William C. Westmoreland. Since then, council recommendations have contributed to the Retiree Dental Plan; Direct Deposit for retirees and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuitants living overseas; compensation for retirees whose retired pay was reduced by VA disability compensation; and phasing out of the reduction of the SBP annuity at age 62. This year, the 2011 Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council met from April 18-22 at the Pentagon.
Why is this important to the Army?
Retired Soldiers and families are important to the Army. They have given literally millions of years of service to our Army and our nation. They continue to serve not only as volunteers on and off post but as the face of the Army to the majority of the nation who are many miles from a military installation and have no military background. The council is the voice of retired Soldiers and families, raising retiree issues to Army leaders and taking the leaders' messages to retired Soldiers and families who carry them to their communities.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The CSA Retiree Council and installation retiree councils will continue to serve retired Soldiers and families and the Army itself. The CSA Retiree Council will continue to meet annually and installation retiree councils will meet at least semiannually.
Army Retirement Services
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Stryker will fight new charges (Tacoma News Tribune)
- Army says avoiding costly weapons system cancellations is a priority (The Hill)
- National Guard, USNORTHCOM kick off major national level training exercise (The US Army)
- Double amputee happy to fill NCO leader role (The US Army)
- Recruiting officer urges APG, RDECOM to share Army's high-tech message (The US Army)
- Opposing view: Army Corps of Engineers hurt Missourians (USA Today)
- Rodriguez says Afghan transition on track (The US Army)
- U.S. explores Pakistan supply route alternatives (DefenseNews)
- A NATO raid sets off a deadly Afghan protest (New York Times)
- Last British troops slated to leave Iraq (Washington Post)
- U.S., Pakistan try to repair ties after bin Laden (Seattle Times)
- U.S. transfers Karbala base to Iraqi army (The US Army)
- U.S. helicopter, Pakistani military exchange fire at border (ABC News)
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- Gates, Mullen appeal for end to disclosures of Osama bin Laden raid details (Washington Post)
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- Top Chinese general: We’re no match for U.S. (Army Times)
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- Programs struggling to ease wounded troops' transition from military (Stars and Stripes)
- Audio: Addressing military sexual trauma in a "culture of impunity" (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Community gives back to troops (West Hartford News)
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