• Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command (FORSCOM), and members of the FORSCOM staff pose for a photo with the Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez spoke to the team about leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), and members of the FORSCOM staff pose for a photo with the Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the  Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership...

  • Dallas Cowboys linebacker, DeMarcus Ware (at left, in
white T-shirt) asks Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command, a question following Rodriguez' remarks to the team, Aug.
15, 2012, at the National Football League team's training camp at Oxnard,
Calif. Rodriguez spoke to the team about leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker, DeMarcus Ware (at left, in white T-shirt) asks Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, a question following Rodriguez' remarks to the team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the National Football League team's...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the  Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership...

  • Dez Bryant, wide receiver, and Jamize Olawale, running back with
the Dallas Cowboys National Football League team, listen as Gen. David M.
Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, relays the story of the combat action in Afghanistan for which Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta received the Medal of Honor.  Rodriguez visited the team's Oxnard, Calif., training camp on Aug. 15, 2012, during a trip that included training, operational and command updates at Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Dez Bryant, wide receiver, and Jamize Olawale, running back with the Dallas Cowboys National Football League team, listen as Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, relays the story of the combat action in Afghanistan for...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the  Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), speaks to members of the Dallas Cowboys National Football league team, Aug. 15, 2012, at the team's Oxnard California Training Camp. Rodriguez discussed leadership...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett watch the team practice following Rodriguez' remarks, Aug.15, 2012, at the National Football League team's training camp at Oxnard, Calif. Rodriguez spoke to the team about leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care. After leaving Oxnard, Rodriguez went on to Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for training, operational and command updates.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with "America's Team"

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett watch the team practice following Rodriguez' remarks, Aug.15, 2012, at the National Football League team's training camp at Oxnard...

  • Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces
Command, talks with Delbert Alvarado, a punter with the Dallas Cowboys
National Football League team, at the team's Oxnard, Calif., training camp
on Aug. 15, 2012, during a trip that included training, operational and
command updates at Fort Irwin, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Rodriguez spoke to the football team about leadership, building winning teams and the Army's collaboration with the league on reducing
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the stigma associated with seeking care.

    FORSCOM CG discusses TBI, leadership, service with

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, talks with Delbert Alvarado, a punter with the Dallas Cowboys National Football League team, at the team's Oxnard, Calif., training camp on Aug. 15, 2012, during a trip that...

OXNARD, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2012) -- The leader of the Army's largest command shared a message about service, sacrifice and leadership with one of professional football's most storied organizations during team training camp activities, here.

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), spoke to about 130 players, coaches and staff members of the National Football League's (NFL) Dallas Cowboys during the morning meeting held just before the team hit the practice field for individual and team drills in preparation for the coming 2012 season.

While his remarks were mostly about building and leading a winning team, he led off the session by thanking the team for supporting Soldiers and bringing focus to the NFL and U.S. Army's cooperation, coordination and collaboration on combating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

"I want to thank you -- the Dallas Cowboys and the whole organization, for all you do for our American Soldiers at home and deployed around the world," Rodriguez said. "And, I'd also like to thank you for supporting the NFL and the Army joint program to make the nation more aware of the problems associated with head injury -- whether on the football field or on the battlefield, and to reduce the negative stigma often associated with seeking treatment for it."

"We all have more work to do," he continued. "But, I can see the same principles you all believe in are the same things we believe in, and as a team we can make a positive impact."

For the next 30 minutes Rodriguez talked about Soldiers, and being a member or leader of a team, citing the heroic actions of Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, and other Soldiers who took selfless action under fire.

He also reminded the team of the importance of serving the nation and being part of something greater than one's self.

"Service to the nation is not limited to the position you hold, an office you occupy or an organization of which you are a member," he said. "Service to the nation is a sense of belonging -- an aspiration to help -- a desire to make your community, town, state or country better."

"When we do this, we not only create a better community and nation, we become a member of a team larger than the Dallas Cowboys or America's Army," he concluded.

Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, normally does the lion's share of speaking at team meetings, but said it was very effective having a speaker who could address the team's ongoing themes from a non-football perspective.

Garrett said that as a football coach he had always heard the analogy that football players and teams were going into battle against the other team, but that Rodriguez and the Soldiers he led had gone in to real battle, and the players could really learn something from him.

"He was off the charts," Garrett said. I think our players were very impressed. He gave a presentation, then guys asked questions -- he took over the room and was remarkably good, and it was emotional for some of our players."

After the meeting, Rodriguez and several members of the FORSCOM staff watched some of the team's practice drills and interacted with some of the players before departing for the next stops on the itinerary - training, operations and command updates at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., and with I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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