from AUSA’s weekly 5 Thinks

#3 An A-10 Alternative

The A-10 Thunderbolt, a close-air support and ground attack plane beloved by ground troops since its introduction in the mid-1970s, is slated for retirement beginning in 2022, although there is some talk about upgrading the aircraft, known as the Warthog, so its service life could be extended to 2040 or beyond.

What to watch: The unmanned MQ-9 Reaper might be able to take on some close-air support missions. While it doesn’t have the same firepower, it has other benefits including the ability to stay overhead for up to 20 hours and to use guided missiles to hit targets close to friendly soldiers. It also is less expensive.


KC AUSA cordially invites you to attend the 2017 Army Birthday Celebration. We will be celebrating the 242nd Birthday of the United States Army. Speaking at the event will be Chief Warrant Officer Gary O’Neal United States Army retired. The event will be June 10th at the Marriott Downtown.

Why were they called “doughboys” The History Channel It’s unknown exactly how U.S. service members in World War I (1914-18) came to be dubbed doughboys—the term most typically was used to refer to troops deployed to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Forces—but there are a variety of theories about the origins of the… Continue Reading

KCAUSA Army History Breakfast: Centennial of US entering into WW I When Friday, 26 MAY 2017 7:30am – 9:00am Where 2 Memorial Drive Kansas City, MO What KCAUSA kicks off the Memorial Day Weekend with a Breakfast program focused on Army History and will feature Jonathan Casey, Museum Archivist of the National WW I Museum… Continue Reading

You are cordially invited Army Birthday Celebration 2017 June 10, 2017 Guest Speaker Chief Warrant Officer Gary Lee O’Neal Chief Warrant Officer Gary O’Neal retired with 33 years of active US government and military service. An Army Ranger Hall of Fame member, his service included combat experience with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 75th Rangers Airborne,… Continue Reading

Continuing to Continue The White House and Congress spent most of last week negotiating a bipartisan spending agreement for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2016 but they couldn’t quite work out the details on several items, including how much extra money might to go the Army and Defense Department. The Army stands to… Continue Reading

KC AUSA Army Birthday Celebration 2017 Sponsors <Thank you Sponsors>   <Platinum Sponsors> Orbital ATK Small Caliber Systems Blue Hat Crane <Gold Sponsors> Veterans of Foreign Wars <Silver Sponsors> KC Recruiting Battalion <Bronze Sponsors> American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation Park University Warrior Center Continue Reading

KC AUSA YP Union Horse Distilling When Friday April 7th 4:30PM to 6:30PM Where Union Horse Distilling Co. 11740 W 86th Ter, Lenexa, Kansas 66214 What  The YP’s will have a private tour and tasting experience at one of the best distilleries in midwest! Leave work a little early, bring your friends, you won’t want… Continue Reading

  What Army Birthday Celebration 242nd Birthday of the U.S. Army Guest Speaker CWO Gary Lee O’Neal   When June 10, 2017   Where Marriott-Downtown 200 W. 12th St Kansas City, Missouri Download Invitation ABC Sponsors Daytime Activities World War I Museum   RSVP Options Standard Dinner Price $77.40 USDDinner Price (SSG & more junior… Continue Reading

KC Recruiting Battalion and KC AUSA Present Women’s History Month Women in the Military What Women in the Military Panel When 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday March 8, 2017 Where Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 4801 Rockhill Rd Kansas City, MO 64110 How Much FREE Please RSVP to Rich Beckett Description As part of… Continue Reading

March 2017 Lunch & Learn: Middle East Culture Part 2 What Lunch & Learn: Middle East Culture Part 2 When 11:30am to 1:00pm March 22, 2017 Where Hollis & Miller 1828 Walnut Street #922 Kansas City, MO 64108 How Much $5 per person RSVP Required as box lunches will be provided Jimmy John’s (or something… Continue Reading


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