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  • McHugh says Guard remedy for military, civilian divide

    Nov 9, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh told members of the National Guard Nov. 9, 2011, that military leadership is concerned about the divide between society and the less-than-1-percent that serve in uniform.

  • SecArmy visits Soldiers, families at Fort Drum in his homestate

    Nov 7, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh brought big Army and local support to the 10th Mountain Division (LI) change of command, as both the organization's top civilian leader and local hero.

  • Thinking, adaptive Soldiers: Our edge for the future

    Nov 7, 2011

    Article by Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh originally published in the 2011 Association of the United States Army Green Book.

  • Nov. 2, 2011 (Roll Call) McHugh: Strong, Decisive Army Critical to National Defense

    Nov 2, 2011

    Nov. 2, 2011 (Roll Call) McHugh: Strong, Decisive Army Critical to National Defense

  • Army leadership renews commitment to families with Army Family Covenant

    Oct 13, 2011

    Top Army leadership renewed the Army Family Covenant, the Army's formal commitment to support Soldiers and their families, with a signing this week at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

  • Oct. 10, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army's AUSA Annual Meeting opening ceremony remarks

    Oct 12, 2011

    Oct. 10, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army's AUSA Annual Meeting opening ceremony remarks

  • Army leaders warn against shrinking the force

    Oct 12, 2011

    This weekend, Army leaders used the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting to warn against steep cuts to the Army that could excessively shrink the force, making it difficult to meet the demands of a complex and volatile strategic landscape.

  • Army leaders cite acquisition improvements

    Oct 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army is making substantial progress with numerous ongoing efforts designed to improve the acquisition process, service leaders told reporters Oct. 10, 2011, at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

  • Army leaders pledge to continue family support

    Oct 11, 2011

    Family programs remain important and their budgets will not be used to fund other initiatives, the secretary and chief of staff of the Army pledged Monday.

  • Army Secretary views ASC exhibit

    Oct 11, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits Army Sustainment Command exhibit at 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Oct. 10, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army's remarks at AUSA Family Forum

    Oct 10, 2011

    Oct. 10, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army's remarks at AUSA Family Forum

  • Best Warrior brings Army Secretary to Fort Lee

    Oct 5, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh came to Fort Lee Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition.

  • Sept. 27, 2011 - Secretary of the Army remarks at portrait unveiling for Gen. (Ret.) George Casey

    Sep 28, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh hosts a ceremony to unveil the portrait of the 36th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. (Ret.) George W. Casey, Jr., at the Pentagon Sept. 27, 2011.

  • Sept. 26, 2011 - Secretary of the Army remarks at 2010 Fisher Award Cermony

    Sep 26, 2011

    Remarks given by Secretary of the Army during the ceremony to present the 2010 Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award to Mr. John Gonsalves.

  • McHugh Cites Major Improvements at Arlington National Cemetery

    Sep 20, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh today released publicly a Report to Congress, updating improvements made at Arlington National Cemetery more than a year after he ousted the cemetery's leadership and made sweeping changes in its structure and oversight.

  • Secretary of the Army visits 'Black Jack' Soldiers, reviews U.S. transition of mission in Iraq

    Sep 16, 2011

    Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, commended Soldiers of U.S. Division -- North during a brief visit to Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, Sept. 14. Responsible for every aspect of the U.S. Army, from manpower and equipment to the Army's fiscal budget, McHugh met with Soldiers of 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, to express his appreciation for their service while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.

  • McHugh visits 'Black Jack' Soldiers, reviews Iraq transition

    Sep 16, 2011

    Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, commended Soldiers of U.S. Division -- North during a brief visit to Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, Sept. 14.

  • McHugh visits U.S. Forces - Iraq

    Sep 15, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh is greeted by Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, U.S. Forces - Iraq deputy commanding general for operations, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, to gain a detailed perspective on current and future ops within the Iraq Joint Operations Area. The Secretary of the Army will also be briefed on Equipment Retrograde Operations and potential contingency missions in Iraq, post 2011.

  • Secretary swears in new Civilian Aides

    Sep 11, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) administers the oath of office to two new Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in the Pentagon Sept 8, 2011. Connie Sprynczynatyk (center) is the new CASA for North Dakota and Ken Inabnit (right) is now the CASA for Montana. CASAs provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.

  • Aug. 10, 2011 - Secretary of the Army remarks at GovEnergy Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Sep 1, 2011

    Secretary McHugh's remarks during the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he announced the creation of the Army's Energy Initiatives Office Task Force, a one-stop shop for the private sector, so we can better harness the expertise of those who can invest and build economically viable, large scale renewable energy infrastructure on Army Installations.

  • McHugh lauds energy-conservation efforts at Knox

    Aug 19, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh described the energy advancement policies at Fort Knox. Ky., as being "light years" ahead of many installations, during an Aug. 11, 2011, visit to the post.

  • Fort Knox receives Secretary's Energy Award for innovative technology

    Aug 17, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with members of Fort Knox's energy program Thursday to learn more about the installation's energy control room. Fort Knox received the Secretary of the Army Award Energy and Water Management Award in the innovative and New Technology category for these advancements in monitoring energy usage.

  • Secretary of the Army announces effort to transform Army management, structure

    Aug 15, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh today announced creation of the Institutional Army Transformation Commission, a panel charged with finding new ways to make the Army a more "agile, cost-effective organization."

  • Secretary of the Army visits Fort Campbell

    Aug 12, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 11-12, 2011, toured parts of the installation and received insight from Soldiers on their concerns about the Army.

  • New task force to focus on renewable energy

    Aug 11, 2011

    A new Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army face challenges associated with rising fuel costs.

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits Human Resources Command

    Aug 11, 2011

    Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, visits Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, commanding general of U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) at her office Aug. 11 at Fort Knox, Ky. HRC has successfully completed its BRAC move to Fort Knox, and employs about 3,300 military, civilian and contract workers.

  • U.S. Army establishes Energy Initiatives Office Task Force for large-scale renewable energy projects

    Aug 10, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh has established an Energy Initiatives Office Task Force to serve as the central managing office for large-scale Army renewable energy projects.

  • Secretary of the Army Announces Energy Initiatives Office Task Force

    Aug 10, 2011

    Secretary of the Army Announces Energy Initiatives Office Task Force during the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The EIO Task Force will help the Army build resilience through renewable energy while streamlining our business practices so developers can invest in and build an economically viable, large-scale renewable energy infrastructure.

  • Secretary of Army witnesses Rapid Trident 2011 in Ukraine

    Aug 5, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Aug. 3, 2011, to witness the multinational training going on during Rapid Trident 2011.

  • McHugh visits air defense Soldiers in Kaiserslautern

    Aug 3, 2011

    Air defense Soldiers at Rhine Ordnance Barracks had the opportunity to show their latest hardware to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, during his Aug. 2, 2011, visit to U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.

  • Slideshow: Secretary of the Army visits Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Aug 1, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh visited Grafenwoehr, Germany, Aug. 1, 2011, on an operational update visit. McHugh observed training and preparation for the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge Standardization and Testing at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, and spoke with the spouses of deployed Soldiers.

  • July 28, 2011 - Secretary McHugh's Remarks at the Closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Jul 29, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh spoke at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Colors Casing ceremony on July 28, 2011.

  • McHugh: Walter Reed's legacy will endure

    Jul 28, 2011

    Though it's consolidating soon in nearby Bethesda, Md., with the National Naval Medical Center, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has built a lasting legacy, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said yesterday at a ceremony in which the 102-year-old hospital cased its colors.

  • Slideshow: Colors cased at Walter Reed

    Jul 27, 2011

    An audience of more than 1,000 came to witness the casing of the colors of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Medal of Honor recipient joins fellow heroes in ‘Hall’

    Jul 14, 2011

    The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon today.

  • July 13, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army remarks at Hall of Heroes induction of Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A

    Jul 14, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh's remarks at the Hall of Heroes induction of Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan.

  • June 29, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army remarks at 2010 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony

    Jun 29, 2011

    Remarks by Secretary of the Army John McHugh at the 2010 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium.

  • SecArmy discusses present, future issues with Leavenworth students

    Jun 27, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh discussed Army topics with 50 students from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, Command and General Staff School, and Army Management Staff College here today.

  • Secretary of the Army discusses efficiencies at Army’s largest command

    Jun 23, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s new home, June 23, 2011.

  • Army thanks Congress for 236 years of support

    Jun 15, 2011

    As part of recognition for the Army's 236th year of protecting the United States, the service's leaders thanked members of Congress for their continued support of Soldiers.

  • Slideshow: 2011 Army Birthday wreath laying at Tomb of the Unknowns

    Jun 14, 2011

    2011 Army Birthday wreath laying at Tomb of the Unknowns

  • Secretary of the Army kicks off Pacific Army tour in Hawaii

    Jun 7, 2011

    Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh thinks the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, the fifth largest area of the world, is important to the U.S. Army, despite the fact that much of it is ocean.

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits Soldiers

    May 26, 2011

  • Army tells senators: FY12 to feature squad analysis

    May 19, 2011

    The Army will conduct an analysis of its "fundamental fighting unit," the squad, Army Chief of Staff my Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Senate Appropriations Committee defense subcommittee May 17.

  • April 19, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army remarks at the VMI Marshall Awards

    Apr 29, 2011

    April 19, 2011 -- Secretary of the Army remarks at the VMI Marshall Awards

  • Army Secretary leads 'Transforming the Institutional Army'

    Apr 20, 2011

    As the nation's current conflicts persist, the outcome is uncertain. But the role of the Army remains the same - produce and train a tactical and adaptable fighting force to sustain our nation's freedoms, the secretary of the Army told the nation's top Army ROTC Cadets Wednesday, during the annual George C. Marshall seminar.

  • Secretary of the Army attends Best Ranger Competition

    Apr 18, 2011

    Secretary of the Army Hon. John McHugh visits Hurley Hill / Victory Pond for day three of the Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, GA.

  • Army Secretary visits Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

    Apr 14, 2011

  • Army Secretary visits Fort Belvior Community

    Apr 14, 2011

  • Army Secretary visits Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

    Apr 14, 2011

  • 'Soldier's Soldier' becomes 37th Army chief of staff

    Apr 12, 2011

  • 37th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

    Apr 11, 2011

  • March 28, 2011 -- SHARP Summit Speech

    Mar 30, 2011

  • SHARP Summit: 'I. A.M. Strong'

    Mar 29, 2011

    SHARP Summit

  • SHARP opens third phase of I. A.M. Strong campaign

    Mar 28, 2011

    The fourth annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention summit opened phase three of I. A.M. Strong's four-phase assault to eliminate sexual violence in the Army on March 28.

  • Army tells Congress Iraq on track to transition by year's end

    Mar 17, 2011

    It's up to Iraq now to be successful in their own future, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Congressional Testimony

    Mar 17, 2011

  • During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, March 2, 2011

    Mar 8, 2011

    "I can't imagine anything more contrary to the basic core values of being a member of the United States Army than sexually assaulting, abusing a fellow Soldier."

  • Skelton receives Secretary of the Army Public Service Award

    Feb 15, 2011

    The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, congratulates former Congressman Ike Skelton during a ceremony Feb. 14, 2011 at the Pentagon.

  • Army Secretary ensures Soldiers, families remain service's top priority

    Jan 31, 2011

    McHugh, who made his 16th trip to Iraq, spoke with Soldiers during an open-forum luncheon where he discussed their careers, the mission in Iraq and how the Army is working to improve how it takes care of military families.

  • Secretary of the Army: Joint Task Force - Bravo invaluable

    Jan 28, 2011

    Secretary of the United States Army John McHugh paid a visit here, Jan 11-12, to learn more about Joint Task Force-Bravo capabilities and to speak candidly with Soldiers stationed here.

  • In Baghdad, Secretary of Army ensures Soldiers, families come first

    Jan 26, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh told Soldiers at Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 26, that the Army's top priority is taking care of them and their families.

  • Secretary of Army views Leonard Wood tornado damage

    Jan 6, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with officials and military families at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in an effort to reach out to the local community.

  • Caseys visit Wainwright

    Dec 20, 2010

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff (second from left) and his wife Sheila visited Soldiers and family members from U.S. Army, Alaska to bring holiday greetings and hear Soldier and family concerns.

  • New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Invested

    Dec 20, 2010

    The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army was invested in a ceremony held yesterday at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  • SecArmy greets SecNav

    Dec 20, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) and the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus greet each other at center field after the coin toss for the 2010 Army Navy Football Game at Lincoln Financial Field, Dec. 11, 2010.

  • McHugh: DoD teachers vital to military readiness

    Dec 10, 2010

    Teachers are vitally important to military readiness, the Army's top official said today during a ceremony recognizing the top teachers in the Defense Department's worldwide school system.

  • 2010 Tri-signed safety letter

    Dec 6, 2010

    2010 Tri-signed Safety Letter

  • Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta enters the Hall of Heroes

    Nov 17, 2010

    Photos from the Pentagon Hall of Heroes induction ceremony for Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient.

  • Giunta joins Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

    Nov 17, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta's decision to risk his life so others could live placed him "squarely among the most magnificent of those worthy of this honor," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today as the nation's first living Medal of Honor recipient in 40 years was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

  • Hall of Heroes unveiling

    Nov 17, 2010

    Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta and his, wife Jennifer, unveil the Hall of Heroes Plaque in the Pentagon Auditorium on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Hall of Heroes 2

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Secretary of Defense for the United States, the Honorable Robert M. Gates presents the Medal of Honor flag to Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta during the Medal of Honor Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon on November 17, 2010.

  • Hall of Heroes

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, presents a photo and citation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta during the Medal of Honor Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon on November 17, 2010.

  • Secretary of the Army cuts ribbon for new WTU, Soldier and Family Assistance Center

    Nov 15, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh called the grand opening of Fort Meade's Warrior in Transition Solider and Family Assistance Center facilities "a very unique achievement" during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 10.

  • Honoring veterans

    Nov 12, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. (center), along with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (right) and other military and civilian leaders, render honors during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2010.

  • Vice President lays wreath at Tomb of Unknowns

    Nov 11, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden speaks in front of a packed audience at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater shortly after participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns

  • 2010 Veterans Day Tri-signed Letter

    Nov 10, 2010

    2010 Veterans Day Tri-signed Letter

  • Secretary of the Army, CSA honor Fort Hood medical staff

    Nov 8, 2010

    On the one-year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting, medical personnel were recognized by the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for saving many lives.

  • Dead, wounded remembered at ceremony, families continue to heal

    Nov 8, 2010

    One year ago, Fort Hood mourned the loss of 12 Soldiers and one civilian lost Nov. 5, 2009, during a mass shooting at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Last week, the post marked the one-year anniversary of the worst shooting on a U.S. military installation with a remembrance ceremony.

  • One year later, Army family finds strength in Fort Hood's darkest day

    Nov 8, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The darkest day at this Central Texas installation, Nov. 5, 2009, was marked by the deaths of 12 Soldiers and one civilian, but also the heroic efforts of Soldiers, civilians and first responders who rushed in to help the dying and more than 30 wounded. One year later, 52 of those who fought to save the wounded and stop the gunman were honored during an awards ceremony that included the unveiling of a granite monument in memory of the 13 lost in the shooting.

  • III Corps and Fort Hood Remembrance Ceremony and Run to Remember

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Hundreds gathered at Fort Hood Nov. 5, 2010, to remember those who were killed or wounded in the Fort Hood shooting incident Nov. 5, 2009, and to thank the first responders who provided immediate aid and support. In the morning, III Corps and Fort Hood hosted an awards ceremony where the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. and the Honorable John McHugh, secretary of the Army, presented 52 medals, including 10 Soldier's Medals. In the afternoon, the community attended a remembrance ceremony, honoring the fallen. Nov. 6, the community gathered for a Run to Remember.

  • Fort Bliss Army Family Covenant Signing

    Nov 5, 2010

    Post leaders joined for the Nov. 4 Army Family Covenant signing ceremony. Signers included Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment; Fort Bliss Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, Fort Bliss Commanding General Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, Fort Bliss Garrison Commander Col. Joseph A. Simonelli Jr., and Fort Bliss Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Green.

  • Fort Hood memorial and unveiling ceremony

    Nov 5, 2010

    Fifty-two Soldiers and civilians were honored for their efforts to aid the wounded in the wake of the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing center. A memorial stone was dedicated to the Soldiers and civilians who lost their lives that day.

  • Fort Hood lessons promote better force protection

    Nov 5, 2010

    One year after a tragic shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 more injured at Fort Hood, Texas, the military is working at every level to apply lessons learned to protect the force against an increasingly complex threat.

  • Army Secretary and Chief of Staff reassure Soldiers, families

    Nov 1, 2010

    General George W. Casey, Jr., chief of staff of the Army, who traveled with Army Secretary John M. McHugh, visited the Fort Bragg community, making the post the center of the Army for a few hours on Friday.

  • Oct. 25, 2010 -- AUSA Keynote Remarks

    Oct 27, 2010

    In my brief time as Secretary, I have seen up close these brave young men and women tested under the stress of some nine years of conflict in two theaters of war. I've seen their courage. I've had the honor of awarding their valor and stood humbly and sadly by them as they wept at the loss of a fallen comrade. Of course, much of what America at large has seemed to lose sight of is the depth and the breadth of the service of the America Soldier.

  • SSG Robert Miller Medal of Honor Remarks

    Oct 8, 2010

  • Secretary of the Army Medal of Honor Speech

    Oct 8, 2010

    ... But by whatever measure, in SSG Robert Miller's case, there is no need to wonder - he made a difference ...

  • Oct. 7, 2010 - Remarks at Pentagon Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for SSG Robert J. Miller

    Oct 7, 2010

    ... As we've heard, he sacrificed his life to make a difference for his fellow Soldiers; he upheld the values he coveted most dearly in order to secure our Nation's future: loyalty, duty, selfless service, honor - personal courage ...

  • McHugh to fight for families

    Sep 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - During an interview with the Northwest Guardian, the secretary of the Army pledged his continued support for services as Congress considers next year's budget.

  • SA-CSA Open Letter to the Troops

    Sep 1, 2010

    An open letter from the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army to the Troops regarding the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the beginning of Operation New Dawn.

  • Atterbury, Muscatatuck key training venues

    Aug 19, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center Aug. 18 to meet with mobilizing and demobilizing servicemembers, permanent party leadership and civilian expeditionary workforce contractors and employees. Camp Atterbury, a national deployment center, has mobilized and demobilized more than 100,000 servicemembers for deployment since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. McHugh, who began his tour at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, said the two training centers discharge their mission in a way that should make them an integral part of our military training for many years to come. "The uniqueness that exists at Muscatatuck and that urban setting is unequal to anywhere that I've ever witnessed in the United States Army," said McHugh. "It's the flexibility and ability to build upon it and create a huge variety of [training] scenarios." McHugh had an informal lunch with troops training at Camp Atterbury to thank them for their service, recognize their contributions and hear what their concerns were. McHugh then toured Camp Atterbury facilities and observed a Provincial Reconstruction Team preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. As part of the real-world scenarios, Dari and Pashtu speakers are incorporated into the training events to add realism and to assist in cultural immersion training. PRT members, who come from the Air Force, Army, Navy and civilian agencies, are chosen for their specialties, which support the core mission of enabling Afghan governance and development. "The work that they do once they've trained here and forward deployed is vital in building that trust that is necessary for success in these kinds of theatres," said McHugh. "[Afghans] want the same things most folks want, and that is just a better chance for a better tomorrow. "To do that, they need things, from roads to food projects to water projects, etc. The PRTs are a way in which we can begin to convey America's interest about them as a people and not just there simply as a conqueror or an occupier." McHugh said it's "uplifting" to see the strategies of the nation's leadership being realized at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in training vignettes that are preparing people to go over and do important work. Army Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, thanked the secretary for visiting the center. "We're very proud of these facilities and our mission to train Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines to go off to war," he said. "It's something we take very seriously."

  • Secretary of the Army tours U.S. AFRICOM and EUCOM

    Aug 6, 2010

    Photo essay of Secretary of the Army John McHugh's recent visit to U.S. AFRICOM and EUCOM

  • Army secretary tours Caserma Ederle, meets Soldiers and family

    Aug 5, 2010

    Visits with family members of deployed Soldiers and tours of new Army facilities were top priorities for the Secretary of the Army during his recent stop at Caserma Ederle. The Honorable John McHugh spent two days at the post, headquarters for U.S. Army Africa, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and the 14th Transportation Battalion.

  • Statement on Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report

    Aug 4, 2010

    "This effort is part of our culture to look closely at ourselves, and to make continuous improvements in our capability - but most importantly, to reduce the number of soldiers we lose to suicide."

  • McHugh addresses graves, management at Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 30, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh told lawmakers the Army is working now to resolve issues of mishandled gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and to ensure that the management problems discovered there do not happen again.

  • Army employees receive Presidential Rank Awards

    Jun 29, 2010

    Army employees who received the Presidential Rank Award Monday saved the service an estimated $4 billion with efficiencies and advanced technology in areas such as infrared sensor technology and tactical software.

  • PHOTOS: Secretary of the Army visits Long Knife troopers

    Jun 28, 2010

    Secretary of the Army visits 4th BCT "Long Knife", 1st Cav. Div. troopers in JRTC.

  • 'More than words on a bumper sticker ... This is by and large a family-based Army,' says A

    Jun 25, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits Fort Polk June 23.

  • Army secretary reads to kids, talks of CDC's importance on service birthday

    Jun 24, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh stopped by the Cody Child Development Center on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall June 17 to read "Happy Birthday U.S. Army" to about 40 pre-school children. The secretary showed great ease talking with the four-and five-year-olds. "All you have to know is that because I'm here you get cake," he told the children at the outset. Before beginning to read, McHugh was offered a chair, which he paused before taking, telling a child care worker, "I was going to get down on the floor so they could see the pictures." The kids nestled in front of the Army secretary as he read the U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services-produced book, which follows a boy named Justin who compares the dynamics of his own family to that of the Army family. The book touches on the era of President Lincoln "who used the Army to save the nation," to Buffalo Soldiers, Native-American code talkers and the birds, mules and dogs used in Army service. "Buffalo Soldiers ... isn't that a cool name," McHugh adlibbed at one point in the story. After the book reading, several children lined up to blow out candles on the Army birthday cake. As the group inhaled in preparation, McHugh gently reminded them, "No spittin' now." After the three candles on the cake were blown out - the sculpted numerals two, three and five instead of a fire-hazard 200-plus - McHugh led children in the Army song, clapping his hands rhythmically to set the pace. "You won't be seeing me on American Idol," the Army secretary joked to children, parents and staff during the sing-along. McHugh spoke to reporters at the conclusion of the event and explained why he decided to read to kids in celebrating the Army's birthday. "We use the phrase 'Army Family' a lot, and 'Army Family Strong,'" he said. "We want to put a little real-world meaning into that and what better place to it than with these young members of the Army Family who have made a lot of great sacrifices... It's tough to see mom and dad go away." "It's been a great week, a great opportunity to visit a lot of folks and help celebrate very black-tie formal events and family get-togethers like this," McHugh said. "The diversity of all these celebrations this past week reflects on the diversity of the Army as well. As someone who is new to this, it has been a great experience and an honor to play a real part." The secretary of the Army said the Cody Child Development Center was a showcase for the Army. "It's just two years old. It's a fantastic facility - the largest in the Army," he said. "I wish we had the resources to immediately recreate it everywhere. It really shows the great things you can do when you've got the resourcing and the facilities available." McHugh said providing such facilities is essential to giving Soldiers and family members a good quality of life. "We do think about retaining these great Soldiers that have trained hard and learned the Army ways and developed the skills," he said. "But it's more than that. It's an obligation that the U.S. Army owes to these brave men and women - folks who sacrificed so much. The very least we can do is provide quality services to the children for their families. It's an integral part of the Army Family Covenant." McHugh said his years in Congress have benefitted him as secretary of the Army. "I think it definitely helps. I go back and talk to these people certainly in a different way than before. There are a lot of overseers in the Army and I enormously respect that. But in 17 years I made a lot of friendships, and a lot of those still endure. I can and do call them up as a friend... I try to use it as an asset for the Army story and for Army programs." McHugh said he enjoyed reading to the children and did not rehearse beforehand. "If anybody checked word-for-word, I probably did not tell the tale exactly as it was written. But I did my best," he said.

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