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AUSA Family Program’s Military Family Forums

AUSA Family Programs Directorate is proud to host several Military Family Forums throughout the Annual Meeting. These Forums provide a venue for military and civilian leadership to address Army family issues and to introduce new organizations, initiatives, and programs. In addition, the AUSA Family Programs Pavilion, held in the EXPO arena, will feature organizations that support and educate military families on a variety of topics.

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Military Family Forum I
Monday, October 21, 2013

Leader’s Town Hall

This forum will feature town hall style presentations from the top leaders in our Army.

Invited Speakers:

  • HON John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army
  • GEN Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • Mrs. Linda Odierno
  • SMA Raymond F. Chandler III, Sergeant Major of the Army
  • Mrs. Jeanne Chandler
  • LTG Michael Ferriter, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installations, Management/Commanding General, Installation Management Command, United States Army
  • Mrs. Margie Ferriter
  • LTG William E. Ingram Jr., Director, Army National Guard
  • Mrs. Lil Ingram
  • LTG Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief, Army Reserve/Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command
  • Mrs. Linda Talley


  • Patricia M. Barron, AUSA, Director Family Programs


Military Family Forum II
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Performance Triad: A Holistic Approach to Self-Care

This forum will explore holistic approaches to caring for one’s self and  family. New and innovative programs from the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense will be discussed.

Invited Lead Speaker:

  • LTG Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command/ The Surgeon General, United States Army


  • James Gordon M.D., Center for Mind-Body Medicine
  • Major and Mrs. Jeff Hall, Real Warriors Campaign – Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
  • MSG Jennifer Loredo, Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Program
  • Lynda MacFarland, Author – Drowning in Lemonade


  • Mr. Anthony Stamilio, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army

Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Civilian Personnel/Quality of Life


Military Family Forum III
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Community Resources: It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This forum will showcase the growing support of military families by civilian organizations through private /public partnerships with the military community.

Lead Speaker:

  • COL (R) David Sutherland, The Dixon Center


  • Jim Knotts, President & CEO, Operation Homefront
  • Sandy Risberg, Kansas State University – Fort Riley Partnership
  • Tara Crooks, Army Military Spouse of the Year
  • Angela Caban, New Jersey National Guard Military Spouse of the Year
  • Lori Volkman, Military Spouse JD Network


  • HON Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)


Military Family Forum IV
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Expanding Our Reach – Our Neighborhood Knows No Boundaries

This forum will explore innovative uses of social media and advanced technology in the military family communications arena. Featured speakers will share techniques and successful approaches to building a virtual support community.


  • Tara Crooks and Starlett Henderson, Army Wife Network


  • Stephen Judd, eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chief Executive Director, Blue Star Families
  • Joyce Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association
  • Megan Zemke, FRG 546th Maintenance Company, 1st MEB
  • Brittany Brown, US Army Social Media Center


  • Star Henderson and Tara Crooks, Army Wife Network