Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Department of the Army: Washington DC 20310-0200

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Department of the Army: Washington DC 20310-0200

Article excerpt

This past year has been a challenging one for our Army. We have continued our prominent role in the ongoing War on Terror by participating in combat operations, defending our homeland, and carrying out numerous other missions at home and overseas. Soldiers have performed superbly in these and other operations, almost always with our sister services as part of a joint team, and in many cases, alongside forces from other nations as part of a coalition.

Whatever the task, Soldiers at all levels have repeatedly risen to the occasion. With more than 287,000 Soldiers deployed in over 120 countries, the Army remains what Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN Richard B. Myers recently called "the busiest service." Regardless of where they serve, Soldiers have consistently demonstrated not only our core Army values but also the Warrior Ethos. This professionalism, courage, adaptability and innovativeness are absolutely essential as we seek to defeat an enemy who rejects the principles our Nation and our Constitution are founded upon.

While Soldiers remain the centerpiece of the Army, we must also remember the tremendous sacrifices being made by those who support our men and women in uniform. Around the world our Army families' love and encouragement remind us every day why we serve; we should never take them for granted. We must also recognize the enormous contributions of our Department of Army civilians, as well as the many contractors working for us at home and overseas. …

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