2005 AUSA ANNUAL MEETING AND EXPOSITION: The Theme is <i>'CALL TO DUTY - 230 Years of Service to our Nation' </i>

Friday September 30, 2005

- 'Call to Duty - 230 Years of Service to Our Nation,' the theme of this year's Annual Meeting - will set the tone for speeches, industry and military exhibits and special presentations from senior Defense Department and Army leaders on subjects relating to the Army's service in Afghanistan, Iraq and the global war on terrorism - while transforming from the Current Force to the Future Force.

- Association officials said this year's three-day conference will emphasize 'AUSA's important educational and professional role in supporting the warfighting and transforming Army - active, Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve - the men and women who serve and who have served, Army civilians, their families and the Army's important and necessary vision for the future.'

- The AUSA meeting, known as the 'free world's largest land warfare forum and exposition,' will focus on panel discussions, educational forums, special multi-media presentations and workshops that will reinforce, examine and showcase the Army as 'a more relevant and ready force - a campaign-quality Army with a joint and expeditionary mindset.'

- As the Army rapidly advances toward a modular force that will be lighter and more mobile, lethal and survivable on future battlefields, its leadership - civilian and military - will brief meeting attendees on the status of the scientific and technological advances made in support of the nation's premier land fighting force as an expeditionary Army instilled with the 'Warrior Ethos.'

- The meeting attracts more than 30,000 members and guests annually.

- The 2005 AUSA Annual Meeting will be held at the Washington Convention Center, located at Mt. Vernon Square (between 7th and 9th Streets at New York and Massachusetts Avenues. More information about the Washington Convention Center can be obtained at the center's website at www.dcconventioncenter.com
- AUSA website www.ausa.org

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army has leanest recruiting in three decades (NYT | EB)
  • Survey says Reserves, Guard urged to drop complaints in sexual assault cases (HC | EB)
  • 600 teams to run Army Ten-Miler (ARNEWS)
  • Goal is to relocate National Guard to another location (NYT | EB)
  • Texas National Guard distributes food (ARNEWS)
  • Army to fly widows to Kuwait (Army Times)
  • Father, son share Afghan experience (Soldiers Online)
  • 'Screaming Eagles' mark second Iraq deployment with ceremony (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • If Iraqi constitution is defeated, officials fear anarchy (NYT | EB)
  • Bombings killed 95 people in Balad on Thursday (LAT | EB)
  • Uzbekistan quietly terminated cooperation with Washington on counterterrorism (WP | EB)
  • Judge orders release of withheld photographs and videotapes (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqi army battalions dropped from three to one (WP | EB)
  • Abizaid details al Qaeda's plan for conquering the region (WT | EB)
  • Army captain lodged formal complaints of detainee abuse in Iraq (WT)
  • Casey told Committee next 75 days are critical (USAT)

OF INTEREST

  • Senate began debate on $440 billion fiscal 2006 defense appropriations (DD | EB)
  • Insurgents in Baghdad unleashing attacks that killed scores (MH)
  • Algerians back amnesty for hundreds of Islamic militants (CNN)
  • Defense Department analyst charged with passing government secrets, to plead guilty (WP)
  • Pentagon defended Defense Travel System in light of questions (AJC | EB)
  • Journalist who broke Abu Ghraib story says sentence unfair (ARP | EB)
  • Australians claim mental problems after taking anti-malaria drug (UPI)
  • Lawmakers give $31.9 billion for the Homeland Security Department (NYDN)
  • International Iraq Short Film Festival began this week (CT/EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.N. rights chief to send observer to witness trials (Reuters | story)
  • Amnesty International Australia says anti-terror laws ignored children's rights (Gulf Times | story)
  • Hughes told Saudis to speak out more strongly against religious extremism (BBC News | story)
  • US military closed inquiry into the use of graphic pictures on website (Aljazeera | story)
  • Afghan Interior Minister announced he was stepping down (Kuwait Times | story)
  • Taliban claims responsibility for the attack on Kabul Military Training Centre (The Australian | story)
  • One of 120 U.S.-trained Iraqi army, police battalions able to operate without U.S. forces (Swissinfo | story)
  • Complaints of abuse and mistreatment in El Arish (Jordan Times | story)
  • Swiss peacekeepers in Kosovo in a state of flux (Swissinfo | story)
  • Concern over growth in jihadist Web sites (Jerusalem Post | story)

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Events

21st ANNUAL ARMY TEN MILER OCTOBER 2, 2005

When: Sunday, October 2, 2005 8:00 AM
Where: The Pentagon Washington , DC
www.armytenmiler.com

Army Ten-Miler Factoids

- Largest Ten-Miler in America; 2nd largest in the world
- Over 20,300 runners
- 1,100 teams
- Runners from 49 of 50 states and DC are registered
- Runners all over the world participate
- 91% of runners registered online
- 58% are male and 42% are female
- 76% are from the greater Washington, DC region
- Over 1,200 soldiers and volunteers support the race

The Army Ten Miler is produced by the Military District of Washington www.mdw.army.mil

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

One thing that hasn't changed in this city and our country, from the time of our founding fathers, through World War II and today is the desire by citizens of this city and throughout our country to make a difference by answering the 'Call to Duty.'

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army

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