Leaders talk 'health of the force' at Fort Gordon
July 25, 2012
FORT GORDON, Ga. -- (July 24, 2012) Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III discusses the important of Soldier health initiatives during a briefing for visiting leaders and Fort Gordon staff at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center July 24. Fort Gordon was one of the stops in a week-long Health of the Force tour that Austin and other senior Army staff leadership are making during an assessment of programs, services, resources and best practices pertaining to the health of the force. Joining Austin were the sergeant major of the Army, the Army surgeon general, the commander of the Installation Management Command, the Army's G-1, the provost marshal general and the Army chief of public affairs.
"The health of our force remains our top priority, and we need to make sure our Soldiers and Family members receive the quality of care they deserve," Austin said of the tour. "While we feel we have a pretty good handle on these issues, we do recognize there is a lot of work still to be done. There are some significant challenges, and we are continuing to work hard to address them. I believe we are making progress in many areas, and that's largely a reflection of leader involvement. That said, we recognize that we must keep getting better because it's about caring for our people."