USA — Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday Army!

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 — For 235 years, the Unit­ed States Army has tru­ly been the strength of our nation. And today, I believe it is the best it has ever been.

One of the great priv­i­leges of this job is vis­it­ing our men and women in uni­form, includ­ing our sol­diers, who serve around the world. From Fort Hood to Kan­da­har and posts and FOBs in between, I am proud of and grate­ful for the courage you and your fam­i­lies dis­play and the sac­ri­fices you make every day. You embody what “Army Strong” is all about.

In a year that has seen his­toric progress in Iraq, a renewed effort in Afghanistan and a superb response to the human­i­tar­i­an cri­sis fol­low­ing Haiti’s earth­quake, the Army’s fight­ing spir­it, resilience, and adapt­abil­i­ty proved crit­i­cal. You brought fear to the ene­my, hope to the des­ti­tute and secu­ri­ty to your fel­low cit­i­zens. You proved in word and in deed that some­times we defend our nation­al inter­ests best when we help oth­ers defend theirs.

I am also ever mind­ful of the com­mit­ment we must make to the fall­en, our wound­ed war­riors, and their fam­i­lies. Their sac­ri­fices are as pro­found as they are endur­ing, and we will always hon­or those who have giv­en so much to our Army, our coun­try, and the world.

On behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hap­py 235th birth­day to our Army and our Army Fam­i­lies. Hooah!

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)