Friday, June 14 is the U.S. Army’s 244th birthday.
Since it was born in 1775, even before the birth of the
nation itself, the Army has always responded to fight our wars, provide
disaster support, build dams and levees, enforce desegregation, and help
partner nations develop their own armies.
The history of the Army is the history of the nation.
As one of the largest organizations in the world, the U.S.
Army has provided millions of Americans the opportunity for advancement,
individual development, and progress without regard for socioeconomic standing,
race, gender, or background. Countless numbers who have served have gone on to
higher education using the education benefits, such as the GI Bill, provided by
a grateful nation.
Does the Army always get it right? Like most large
organizations, the answer is no. Despite its best efforts, the Army
occasionally botches things.
For example, the Chemical Corps, the branch I served in, helped
set up tests where soldiers were exposed to nuclear blasts in the 1950s. The
record of the Army’s interaction with Native Americans in the West is similarly
checkered. But these are by far the exceptions.
Despite its misfires, you can trust the Army to do its level
best to obey laws, uphold America’s values, respect citizens, and accomplish
the mission. Soldiers understand that Americans invest a lot of trust in the
military and do their best to return that trust. Indeed the military, for
dozens of years, has been the institution that Americans invest
the most trust in, with 74% saying they have a “great deal/quite a lot” of
Never was the “can-do” spirit of the Army more evident to me
than in 2011 when I was serving in Iraq as the deputy commanding general for support.
The U.S. was facing an agreed-upon deadline to have every service member and
piece of military equipment out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.
Simultaneously, negotiations were underway …read more
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