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AUSA includes forums for families

Washington — Each year, the Association of the United States Army annual meeting draws thousands of Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and contractors, who get the chance to see hundreds of exhibits on state-of-the-art technology and find out the latest Army news.

The 2010 AUSA conference, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Oct. 25-27, included hundreds of events ranging from seminars on the Global War on Terrorism and the Army’s tranformation to special presentations on LandWarNet, expeditionary logistics and other issues affecting today’s Army.

The conference also brought the chance for key leaders to talk about Army family issues through four family forums on the topics of leaders, children, caring for ourselves, and caring for our survivors. The forums drew 500 family readiness leaders, family members and command teams to discuss issues that affect the Army family and were the most widely attended of the 1,300 forums at the conference, said Kathleen Marin, director of Installation Services, Office of Assistance Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

Ms. Marin said that many commands supported FRG leaders to attend as it’s considered professional growth. “When the Army Family Covenant was signed in 2007 by the chief of staff of the Army and secretary of the Army, they started to emphasize the importance of family issues as being related to Soldier issues and Soldier readiness. At that time those family readiness group leaders started getting invited to AUSA,” she said.