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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, October 18 2012

Today's Focus:

Conference of European Armies

Senior Leaders are Saying

[Capability Set 13] puts the dismounted Soldier into the network, and that's something we have not been able to do. Not only will we know where each other are, we'll be able to communicate throughout the entire brigade headquarters. We'll have constant situational awareness. Then we can turn it on the enemy.

- Col. Walter E. Piatt, deputy commanding general for support, 10th Mountain Division

Army begins fielding of first networked capability set/a

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

October

Energy Awareness Month

National Depression Awareness Month- Army Behavioral Health

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Oct. 22- 24: Association of the Unites States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), Washington D.C.

Today's Focus

Conference of European Armies

The Conference of the European Armies is an annual event that brings together land forces commanders (equivalent to the U.S. Army chief of staff) from U.S., Canada and more than 30 European countries for three days of formal and informal meetings that encourage open discussions and mutual understanding.

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Europe commanding general, is the host of this year's event in mid-October, which will be held for the first time in Wiesbaden, Germany, the new location for U.S. Army Europe's headquarters.

What has the Army done?

Since 1998, the CEA has provided a venue for creating shared training opportunities and establishing close personal relationships between commanders, contributing to regional and global understanding, peace and stability. Continual emphasis by U.S. leadership and expanding interest from European ground forces commanders has made the conference the USAREUR commander's premier general officer-level theater security cooperation event.

What efforts does the Army have planned?

The theme of this year's conference is 'Building Capabilities for an Uncertain Future,' addressing how militaries will adjust their procurement and incorporate lessons learned in order to manage future threats while dealing with current fiscal considerations. This conference will provide the Army with continued direct engagement with senior European military commanders to give participants a common understanding on how European militaries can work together in order to deal with tomorrow's threats. Participants will hear from leading military and civilian speakers to drive and moderate frank conservation on moving forward without losing lessons learned from the past decade.

Why is this important?

CEA helps builds mutually beneficial professional and personnel relationships amongst senior leaders in the European theater. It allows participants to gain a common understanding through dialogue on specific topics, and to hear other countries' views on topics or issues of importance. Participants in the conference represent 83 percent of ISAF's troop contributing nations. It allows the Army to address how these relationships will be affected and need to be readjusted post-ISAF in order to sustain levels of cooperation to react to a future threat requiring similar or closer combined efforts.

Resources:

U.S. Army Europe

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