Milano: Thanks for supporting our Army
November 22, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2011, our nation finds itself in a decade-old war. Ironically, Thanksgiving became a national holiday more than 150 years ago as our nation was embroiled in a long and grueling Civil War so that Soldiers in the field could enjoy some of the comforts of home.
With those parallels in mind, it's only fitting that we begin this year's observance by reflecting on our deployed troops who find themselves far away from home and their families. Our Soldiers understand that their sacrifices are not in vain, and they take tremendous pride in having the opportunity to defend the privileges and freedoms that all Americans enjoy.
Personally, I could not be more proud of my chosen profession -- I am very thankful that I am a Soldier. Is there any other career choice, occupational field, company or corporation that offers a stronger family tie than the one we share?
Becoming a member of the Army family is what makes Soldiering special. As Soldiers, we share a sense of pride that goes way beyond the mission. We have each other's back in peace and in war. We embrace the tremendous responsibilities that are entrusted in us. Despite our diverse backgrounds and individual differences, we accomplish our mission as a unit and as a family. No other profession remotely compares, and this is what makes our Army unique.
Let us all be thankful that our Soldiers are always linked to the extended Army family that stretches around the globe. From installations in the continental United States, such as ours, to remote global outposts, Soldiers everywhere display the same selfless service each and every day. That type of dedication does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, and that type of dedication is apparent to me every day on Fort Jackson. I see that not only with Soldiers, but with our superb civilian workforce as well.
On that note, I thank each of you for all that you have done in support of our Army and Fort Jackson. Your untiring effort and dedication to our mission is extraordinary by all standards.
Kim and I, along with the Fort Jackson command group, wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Army Strong and Victory Starts Here!