I am honored and humbled to be your 38th Chief of Staff. Over the
last 10 years our Army has proven itself in arguably the most difficult
environment we have ever faced. Our leaders at every level have
displayed unparalleled ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability. Our
Soldiers have displayed mental and physical toughness and courage under
fire. They have transformed the Army into the most versatile, agile,
rapidly deployable and sustainable strategic land force in the world.
Our Army is the Nation's force of decisive action, extremely relevant
and highly effective for a wide range of missions. Trust is the bedrock
of our honored Profession - trust between each other, trust between
Soldiers and Leaders, trust between Soldiers and their Families and the
Army, and trust with the American people.
Today is like no other time in our history. We remain at war, and
our top priority is to win the current fight. It is also a time of
uncertainty and historic change. We face a multitude of security
challenges, such as transnational and regional terrorism in places like
Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and Pakistan's Federally Administered
Tribal Areas. We have the uncertainty of the Arab Spring, the
proliferation of nuclear weapons, and challenges of rising powers. All
of this is underpinned by fiscal constraint.
Despite the challenges, we confront the future from a position of
great strength. Our Army will continue to be the best equipped, best
trained, and best led force in the world. The strength of our Nation is
our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our
Soldiers is our Families. This is what makes us Army Strong.
Along with the Secretary of the Army, in the coming weeks I will
share thoughts on our way forward. This includes sustaining our
All-Volunteer Army, providing depth and versatility to the Joint Force,
and ensuring flexibility for defense of our interests at home and abroad.
I am proud to serve in your ranks, filled by great men and women
that willingly serve our country. You are courageous, confident,
competent, and compassionate. You live our Army Values 24/7 in all you
do. Discipline, high standards, and fitness are your watch words. You
are the best our country has to offer. I look forward to seeing you as
I visit your camps, posts, stations, and operating bases. Thank you for
your steadfast dedication and loyal service to our Nation.
Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army