This month the United States Army will celebrate 238 years of deep commitment, abiding patriotism and indomitable spirit.
On June 14, 1775, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending our great country and its citizens. American Soldiers have fought in ten wars, from the American Revolution through the Cold War, the Gulf War and the current operations taking place around the world.
Today, we celebrate the continued honor, loyalty and bravery of our Soldiers in this noble calling. The long tradition of service and sacrifice of our Soldiers is matched only by our civilians and families. I could not be prouder to serve with you all today in United States Army Europe. As our nation faces fiscal uncertainty, difficult times and tough decisions, I look out into the ranks and there you stand — Soldiers, civilians, and families — unwavering,ready and resilient, in defense of our nation’s flag and all that it stands for: equality, opportunity and freedom.
I want to personally thank our families for remaining a source of strength and resilience, our civilians for their steadfast dedication to the mission, and our Soldiers and veterans for their determination to defend our nation in a time of persistent conflict.
As we look to the future and recognize the challenges of this dynamic operational environment and the challenges it may pose, we all know that America’s Army will confront each with the same unsurpassed courage, selflessness and dedication that has characterized our history for 238 years.
We truly are America’s Army: service to the nation, strength for the future.