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Cone addresses Fort Hood AUSA

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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 am

The commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command called on local military supporters to help him spread the word about the importance of increasing America’s focus on strategic land power.

“It’s very important people understand the role the U.S. Army plays in the triad,” said Gen. Robert Cone, who leads the command known as the architect of the Army’s future. “We need to start to talk about and think about the virtue of strategic land power. ... Land is where we win wars in history, and where we’ll win wars in the future.”

Speaking over lunch with the general membership of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Association of the United States Army at the Courtyard by Marriott in Killeen, Cone also addressed two other big topics — the financial challenges of today’s Army and the good things happening among troops every day.

“We’ve been through some tough times with sequestration and the government shutdown,” said the former III Corps and Fort Hood commander.

Cone said the cuts made to compensate for the strain of sequestration were “some of the dumbest things” he’d seen in his 34 years of service.

“To a place like Fort Hood, one of the things we can cut is training,” he said. “In many cases, a lot of people questioned us ... (but) we did it because we needed to do it, not because we wanted to.”

Now that some of the budget returned and the war in Afghanistan is wrapping up by the end of the year, the Army can return to “absolutely critical” leader development, training and acquiring science and technology for future wars, Cone said.

Bobby Hoxworth, president of the local AUSA chapter, said he plans to meet with legislators to discuss the importance of strategic land power.

“One of the things that we do as AUSA, is be the voice of the Army,” he said.

As president of First National Bank, Hoxworth said he sees the issue as a businessman — land power as one leg of a three-legged stool, with air and sea as the others.

“If one leg is shorter, it doesn’t work so well,” he said.

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