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Still defending nation: Army’s core values remain constant over years

Email   Print   Share By Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General
June 13, 2013 | Editorial
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On June 14, 1775, an extraordinary organization was established to defend our fledgling colonies and liberate our people from oppression. A full year older than the Declaration of Independence, this organization has played a vital role in the proud history of the United States. Its members have fought honorably in 12 wars and numerous conflicts throughout the world. We have served as the sword and shield that ensure our liberty and our nation’s security. That organization is the United States Army, and this year we are 238 years old.

On this birthday, we honor the sacrifices made by all the brave and loyal Soldiers who have gone before us, and we celebrate today’s Soldiers, who continue to live the Army Values.

Since our inception, the United States Army has been the strength of our nation. From the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, all the way through Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – our Soldiers have never wavered in their determination to defend democracy.

Today, Fort Hood Soldiers are once again deployed in defense of our nation. And, just as in conflicts and wars past, we rely upon our Army Values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage – to guide us in everything we do.

And we have a lot to do. We have deployed at a pivotal moment in Afghan history. This is the year that the Afghan National Security Forces take the lead in defending their country. Less than 11 years after their founding, they are a strong, capable, well-trained and well-led force. There is no doubt that they are up to the task of defeating the enemies of Afghanistan and protecting the Afghan people from tyranny.

Every American Soldier can be very proud to be part of the greatest army the world has ever seen, but even the toughest Soldiers cannot stand alone. It is the love of our Families and the support of our communities that give us strength.

To all the Families at Fort Hood: Thank you for the tremendous sacrifices that you have made during these long years of war. Without your support, we would be lost. Your love and your resolute strength give us the will and determination to accomplish our mission every day, no matter what challenges we face.

And to the leaders and citizens of the Central Texas community: Thank you for everything you do for our Soldiers and their Families. In particular, we are deeply grateful that you are there to care for our loved ones while we are far away serving our country.

Thanks to the unwavering courage and determination of our troops and the steadfast support of our Families and friends, the United States Army has faithfully defended our nation for 238 years. We will carry on that tradition of excellence – today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

Phantom Warriors! Army Strong!
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