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  • 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.

  • Secretary of the Army visits FORSCOM

    Jun 24, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (June 24, 2010)-Secretary of the Army John McHugh arrived at Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) earlier today, to attend a series of presentations from FORSCOM Commander Gen. James D. Thurman and other FORSCOM officials. The purpose of the secretary's visit was for him to enhance his knowledge of FORSCOM's mission and current operations. Briefing topics included FORSCOM's role as an Army Command and an Army Service Component Command, the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process, and the operational transition of the Reserve Component.

  • Congress celebrates 235 years of Army's response to call

    Jun 16, 2010

    House and Senate Army Caucus leaders joined Army leadership on Capitol Hill Tuesday night in celebrating the Army's 235th Birthday.

  • Leaders lay wreath to begin Army's birthday

    Jun 15, 2010

    Senior Army leaders began the Army's birthday June 14 with an early-morning wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • June 10, 2010 - AUSA ILW Breakfast remarks as delivered by SecArmy

    Jun 14, 2010

    AUSA ILW Breakfast remarks as delivered by SecArmy on June 10, 2010.

  • 235th Army Birthday Cake-cutting Ceremony

    Jun 14, 2010

    Throughout its 235-year existence the United States Army has been called on to defend the U.S. and its interests. Every June 14, the Army commemorates the occasion of the Army birthday in ceremonies at our posts, camps and stations.

  • McHugh: Focus must shift to 'generating force'

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army's system for producing agile, adaptive, creative Soldiers is strained by nine years of war, said the service's secretary.

  • June 10, 2010 - Press Briefing on The Army Inspector General's review of management and operati

    Jun 11, 2010

    Transcript of The Army Inspector General's review of management and operations at Arlington National Cemetery on June 10, 2010.

  • McHugh strengthens Arlington National Cemetery management, oversight

    Jun 11, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh today announced sweeping changes in the management and oversight of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) following completion of a months-long probe by the Army's Inspector General.

  • IG reports prompt management changes at Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 10, 2010

    The Army announced management changes at Arlington National Cemetery today after revealing findings of unmarked gravesites, improper handling of cremated remains and discrepancies in burial records there.

  • 235th Army Birthday Message

    Jun 8, 2010

    "Every day our Soldiers, Families and Civilians demonstrate personal strength through their selfless service and dedication. Innovations in equipment, organization and strategy give us an advantage, but our real edge has always come from our people. Their service, sacrifice and resilience have made us Army Strong for 235 years."

  • Army secretary observes training, expansion at Fort Benning

    Jun 2, 2010

    The Army's top civilian leader praised the "huge muscle movement" taking place to produce the Maneuver Center of Excellence while making his first official visit June 2 to Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Pentagon UAS display celebrates Army milestone

    May 25, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the Army Unmanned Aircraft System interactive display at the Pentagon, May 25. The outdoor display in the courtyard celebrated the surpassing of one million flight hours of Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

  • Army Secretary calls on Hawaii

    May 11, 2010

    On the last leg of his visit to the Pacific area of operations, Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the MA,,A kua Military Reservation, 25th Infantry Division and Schofield Barracks here May 6.

  • Army Secretary meets families, press at Schofield Barracks

    May 10, 2010

    The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, met with 25th Infantry Division Soldiers and spouses following a luncheon with Army families at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, May 7. Secretary McHugh visited Soldiers and their families to gain further understanding of the needs of Army families following a press conference at the division's headquarters where Secretary McHugh answered questions alongside senior Army officers regarding the announcement by the Department of the Army of the 25th Infantry Division's deployment to Iraq later this fall.

  • Army Secretary meets press, families at Schofield Barracks

    May 9, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Division senior leaders, Soldiers and families at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, May 7, after the Defense Department announced the Tropic Lightning Division will return to Iraq this fall.

  • Army Secretary meets families, press at Schofield Barracks

    May 9, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Division senior leaders, Soldiers and families at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, May 7, after the Defense Department announced the Tropic Lightning Division will return to Iraq this fall.

  • Army Secretary visits USARPAC, 25th Infantry Division

    May 7, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh, visited the 25th Infantry Division and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, May 6.

  • Army Secretary: Fort Leavenworth critical part of Army's arsenal

    Apr 29, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with Combined Arms Center leaders and students from the Command and General Staff College when he visited Fort Leavenworth, Kan., April 27.

  • Secretary of Army gives 'thumbs up' to resilience course

    Apr 14, 2010

    Giving Soldiers tools to deal with realistic scenarios are central to the Army's Master Resilience Trainer course, or MRT, in Philadelphia where Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Tuesday.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Master Resilience Training

    Apr 13, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh addressed students at the Army's Master Resilience Training course held at the Universtity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, April 13. The Army opened its own training facility at Fort Jackson, S.C., last week, and is on track to graduate 1,800 Master Resilience Trainers by the end of the year.

  • Statement by Army Secretary John McHugh

    Apr 2, 2010

    "Yesterday, in response to a series of questions from reporters regarding "Don't Ask Don't Tell," I made several statements that require further comment. "First, while President Obama has asked Congress to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", it is and remains the law of the land. As I have testified before Congress and Secretary Gates has made clear, the Department of Defense will continue to apply the law, as we are obligated to do. "Second, I was incorrect when I stated that Secretary Gates had placed a moratorium on discharges of homosexual service-members. There is no moratorium of the law and neither Secretary Gates nor I would support one. Further, the recent changes to implementing regulations authorized by Secretary Gates, which I support, apply the law in a fairer and more appropriate manner; they do not in any way create a moratorium of the law. "Third, with regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on "Don't Ask Don't Tell", I might better have counseled them that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential and could result in their separation under the law. Because of the informal and random manner in which these engagements occurred, I am unable to identify these soldiers and I am not in a position to formally pursue the matter. "Secretary Gates has committed to soliciting the views of men and women in uniform across the military, including those who are gay and lesbian, within the parameters of the review process he has established. The intra-department, intra-service working group, led by Jeh Johnson, general counsel of the Department of Defense, and Gen. Carter Ham, commander, U.S. Army Europe, is working to determine the most effective and most comprehensive way to do this. The working group is likely to utilize a third party from outside of the department to solicit these views so soldiers can speak candidly and without fear of separation. I urge every soldier to share his or her views and suggestions on this important issue through this channel. This is the appropriate way to do so. I strongly support the deliberative process that Secretary Gates has established to review this important issue. Until Congress repeals "Don't Ask Don't Tell", it remains the law of the land and the Department of the Army and I will fulfill our obligation to uphold it.

  • SASC Testimony, Feb. 23, 2010

    Apr 2, 2010

    "There are very few if any other single issues that are more contrary to the Army values than that of sexually assaulting [and] harassing another member in uniform. The Chief ... has highlighted what the Army needs to do, and that is to change the culture. The I A.M. Strong program under the SHARP Program, as you are aware, is the major means by which we convey that new attitude of values." Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Feb. 23, 2010

  • Army to stem overuse of prescription drugs, Congress told

    Mar 25, 2010

    Overuse of prescription painkillers by Soldiers -- as reported recently in the civilian press -- may be the result of seemingly unrelenting deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army invested

    Mar 24, 2010

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

  • Army secretary tours research, development facilities

    Mar 15, 2010

    Army Secretary John McHugh toured research and development facilities and received briefings and hands-on time with high-tech gear, including night vision devices, next generation batteries, extremely accurate mortar rounds, explosive device detection gear and the latest recipes for Soldier cuisine in the field.

  • TRADOC important to Army present, future, says McHugh

    Mar 8, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters for the first time Monday, and he got to see Army past, present and future through TRADOC's eyes.

  • Honorable John McHugh visits TRADOC

    Mar 5, 2010

    The Secretary of Army visits TRADOC.

  • Feb. 23, 2010- Secretary of the Army Opening Remarks During Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

    Feb 24, 2010

    It does look a little different from down here than it does from up there. I should say, I've never missed being in Congress so much as I do right now. (LAUGHTER) But with your permission, Mr. Chairman, I certainly want to thank you, sir, and as well, Ranking Member McCain, for your very kind and very gracious comments, not just in support of me, but in support of this absolutely incredible Army. And it is a privilege, although somewhat intimidating, to be before you here today. But I do it with great pride, because we are here, along with the chief, in support of America's Army. And as was noted, it was just a few short months ago that I sat before you as President Obama's nominee for our nation's 21st secretary of the Army. And at that time, I recall very clearly, I promised you and assured you of my dedication and commitment to support our men and women in uniform, Army Civilians and the great Families, who I know all of you understand so very well, stand with them. And I pledged to work with you, as well, in support of that great institution. It's some five months later, and I want to tell you, I come before you again, reaffirming that commitment, but doing so having been in the Pentagon. Having worked with these great men and women for that time, it brings an even greater appreciation of those wonderful Americans who serve within the Army ranks and the vital role they play in defense of our great nation -- 1.1 million Soldiers, some 279,000 Civilians, and as I noted, their Families, proudly serving, as you know, in some 80 countries around the world. And they continue to be at the forefront in ongoing counterinsurgency operations against our enemies, assisting other nations to build their own security capacity, supporting homeland defense, deterring and defeating hybrid threats and hostile state actors, and as we've witnessed, I think so proudly in recent days in Haiti, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters. At the risk of stating the obvious, each of you -- every member of this committee, every member of the House and the Senate at large -- are critical to the success of these vital missions in your capacity as our congressional overseers. And as was mentioned, I know full well from my nearly 17 years of service on the House Armed Services Committee, that a strategic partnership between Congress and the Army is critical to the Army's success. And I think I can speak from experience as well, without exception, each and every one of you has partnered with us to ensure that our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members receive the very best in training, equipment, health care and vital Family programs. And I want to say, on behalf of a grateful Army, thank you for your leadership and for your unwavering support. This morning, if I may, Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, other distinguished members, I'd like to share just briefly a few of my priorities and some of the perspectives I have gained over the past several months on where the Army is now, where it's heading in fiscal year 2011. Admittedly, over the last several months, I've been on kind of a crash course. I learned I was not quite as smart as I routinely said every two years in my campaign for re-election. But through the process of studying our programs, visiting installations in the United States and overseas, examining units in all stages of what we call ARFORGEN, and talking -- most importantly -- talking to our Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members throughout the force, how well (ph), and yet the challenges that lie before us. I have been in this time both impressed and challenged personally by what I've observed and what I've discovered. And frankly, I found an Army that is clearly, clearly fatigued by nearly nine years of combat -- through it all is today resilient, determined and extraordinarily effective. Our Soldiers today, through nearly eight years of war, have more expertise, more education, more training and more lethal capabilities than ever before. And due to the advancement in equipment, training and doctrine, are more likely than ever before to return safely to their loved ones and to a grateful nation. But in spite of those significant gains, the stress on our personnel and their Families remains all too real. For all our efforts, as has been referenced, and as the chief of staff has said repeatedly, we remain out of balance. And as I know all of you clearly understand, the all-volunteer force is a national treasure, as Senator McCain mentioned. If we wish to sustain it, supporting our critical Family and quality-of-life programs for our Soldiers and their Families must be a top priority. And if I say nothing else here today, I want to assure you, for those of us in the Army Family, it is the top priority. The 2011 proposed budget rightly focuses on those initiatives that support our Soldiers, Families, Civilians. The submission requests $1.7 billion in 2011 to standardize and fund those vital Family programs and all those that they serve. We're attempting to aggressively address the cause of stress on individuals resulting from the effects of multiple deployments, including the essential effort to increase dwell time. As all of you know, and as has been referenced here already this morning, with continuing deployments in multiple theaters, this has been no easy task. But I want to assure you in the strongest terms, the Army is committed to our wounded warriors and those critical programs that support them and to building dwell and BOG ratios, bringing back a sense of stability in terms of their redeployments. We fully believe it is our solemn obligation to provide world- class care in transition services to our wounded, ill and injured through properly led and properly resourced warrior transition units. Your Army is committed to ensuring that the quality of life for those serve or who have served is commensurate with the quality of their service. On the subject of Family programs, I've heard from many of the good representatives, the senators on this panel, about reductions in base operations support, so-called BOS budgets in installations across the country. Earlier this month General Casey and I announced the Army's plan to increase BOS funding by $500 million in this fiscal year 2010. The Army's Installation Management Command continues to work with -- and the lights went out' (NOTE: THE LIGHTS IN THE ROOM WENT OUT AND THEN CAME BACK ON A FEW SECONDS LATER.) SENATOR LEVIN: The Army's new energy savings program. (LAUGHTER) MCHUGH: I didn't see that one on the list. But again, General Casey and I announced that we had a plan to increase BOS funding by $500 million, and the Army Installation Management Command continues to work with each installation to guarantee that essential base operating support needs are met. We also will conduct a comprehensive midyear review of all BOS accounts to ensure that adequate funding is maintained to meet Army priorities through the remainder of the fiscal year. I want to make it clear; that as our installations look for ways to operate more efficiently, as they should, Family programs will be sacrosanct. They will not be touched. That isn't to say we won't ask, "Is this program working' Is it money well spent' Are there better ways to provide the necessary care'" Where change is required, we'll change things, but where money is best directed, we'll so direct it. But through all of that, Army Families must not -- in our judgment Army Families will not be left behind. Second, I found an Army with equipment systems and networks in need of reset while simultaneously requiring significant modernization to ensure our Soldiers maintain a decisive edge on the battlefield of today as well as superiority over threats of tomorrow. Nowhere is this challenge more evident than in the need to repair, replace and recapitalize equipment affected by the harsh realities in an environment of war. And as the responsible drawdown in Iraq continues and the flow of forces and equipment to Afghanistan grows, we will confront this reality anew. Additionally, we have to strive to modernize efficiently in an era of growing fiscal challenges. As such, with this year's budget, the Army is embracing what I believe is an affordable, yet effective modernization strategy designed to revamp our vehicles, network, aviation and logistical systems. We've requested $31.7 billion for research, development and acquisition, which includes $3.2 billion for the brigade combat team modernization, $1.29 billion to fund tactical wheeled vehicle modernization, $2.74 billion to fund Army network systems, and $6.41 billion to fund the aviation modernization. Fully funding these programs is vital to our Soldiers' welfare this year and beyond. Thirdly, we found an Army acquisition system that, while improving, still lacks the workforce and flexibility needed to efficiently and affordably purchase the right weapons, services and equipment to our Soldiers. Here, too, the proposed budget will help us better meet our continued commitment to growing the Army's acquisition workforce by thousands of positions over the next few years, thereby ensuring that we have the best available equipment for our Soldiers while being responsible stewards of the taxpayers' dollars. But I would tell you workforce improvements are not enough to fix the procurement system. And I know you on this committee, particularly the chairman and the ranking member, who worked so hard on the Reform Act of last year, know that full well. The entire process must be retooled and in that way more fully adopt an agile system that rapidly develops, purchases and fields innovative solutions. This approach will require more streamlined procedures and flexible rules, and for that we need your help. As I mentioned, in 2009 Congress significantly reformed how the Department of Defense purchases major weapons systems -- and again, thank you to this committee and its leadership in that regard. But as the chairman and ranking member so correctly noted both at that time and since, it's only a start. Now it's time to address how we purchase services, and on that front we look forward to partnering with you to develop better ways and better systems that achieve that critical objective. In the end I would tell you we have an Army that is strong in spirit, strong in ability, and strong in results. We need to recognize, too, this is an Army that, after eight years of uninterrupted war, is tired, stressed, and too often burdened by the inefficiencies of bureaucracy. This must change, and with your help, we'll make those changes. Let me close by highlighting again my deep appreciation for the men and women in uniform, the Civilians and the Families who support them, and by so doing support this nation. Every day I'm humbled by their dedication. I'm so blessed to have the chance to walk into a building every morning to go to work where the word "hero" really means something. All of you on this great committee are part of that magnificent formula for freedom. Thank you again for all you do in support of our men and women in uniform, Army Civilians, their Families. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to appear here before you, and I look forward to your questions. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

  • Soldiers, families top Army priorities, leaders say

    Feb 24, 2010

    Funding programs to support Soldiers and their families is the Army's top priority in the new fiscal year, the service's secretary and chief of staff told a Senate panel Tuesday.

  • SASC Posture Hearing

    Feb 23, 2010

  • Swearing in of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller

    Feb 17, 2010

    Honorable Joseph Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, administers the oath of office to the Honorable Mary Sally Matiella, the newly appointed Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), Feb. 16, 2010, at the Pentagon. Ms. Joyce Morrow, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (center), assisted in the swearing-in ceremony.

  • Statement on the Death of Congressman John Murtha

    Feb 10, 2010

    I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Congressman John Murtha. His unwavering devotion to our men and women in uniform strengthened our nation and will be his legacy. Although most will remember Congressman Murtha for his public service- first in the Marine Corps and then in Congress - I will remember him as someone who cared deeply for our men and women in uniform. When I was a newly elected member of Congress, Jack set aside partisan politics and joined me to visit Fort Drum and the men and women of the 10th Mountain Division. During my nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, I often worked with Jack to bring the necessary resources to our troops. I'm grateful for the example he set, always putting the interests of the military ahead of his own and never losing sight of the individual service member for whom he felt a deep sense of gratitude. The Army - the entire military - has lost one of its most steadfast advocates in Congressman Murtha. His legacy of devotion to the defense of our nation lives on in those he inspired and in those for whom he dedicated his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • Message of Tribute from Secretary McHugh and General Casey

    Feb 9, 2010

    It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a true patriot, as well as a tremendous friend and supporter of the United States Army, Congressman John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District.

  • Army to Increase Fiscal 2010 Base Operating Support by $500 Million

    Feb 5, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced today that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support in fiscal 2010. "We will continue to look for efficiencies and best practices, but the bottom line is we will not shortchange our Soldiers and their Families," said McHugh. The Army's Installation Management Command will continue to work closely with each installation to ensure its essential base operating support needs are met. Additionally, the Army will conduct a comprehensive mid-year review of all installation BOS accounts to ensure installations can meet Army priorities. "The secretary and I remain committed to ensuring our soldiers and families get the support they need and we will continue to provide the resources to do that," Casey reiterated.

  • Jan. 29, 2010 - Statement on Wanat Investigation

    Jan 29, 2010

    "I have directed the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, Gen. Charles Campbell, to review the recommendations and take action as he deems appropriate with regard to Army personnel identified in the report within 90 days. "We remain in close contact with the families of our fallen from this battle, and they will be invited to a comprehensive briefing on the investigation following Gen. Campbell's actions. "We must be an Army that is committed to continuous self-assessment and improvement. Analysis of this investigation's findings provides us the opportunity to better ensure we are doing everything possible to safeguard the lives and treasure entrusted to us while ensuring mission success."

  • Jan. 8, 2010 - Remarks to the Partnership Reception before the All-American Bowl Awards Dinner.

    Jan 27, 2010

    "You've heard all about these programs and there's not a lot I can add. But let me tell you - for those of us who have the honor of working in support of those brave men and women who don the uniform of the United States Army - we view the defense of our Nation as a partnership. "We happen to think that the Army does an amazing job in and of itself going out and doing the hard work of freedom, but we recognize as well that to be truly successful it takes the support of the Nation, the support of its people, right down to great places like San Antonio and the support of its communities. "One of the most important things we have are partners, partners who understand the grand opportunity and the responsibility of supporting those outstanding men and women who when duty calls, when we ask, "who shall serve'" they step forward and say, "I will." "Just one percent of our Nation's people are citizens who come forward and join that all-volunteer (inaudible) service. And we have a duty in return to that, and I know you understand that, and that's why you're here. "They deserve the very best that our Nation can offer: the best training, the best equipment, the best opportunities, the best benefits and that's why we're gathered at this moment to recognize two such benefits: the PaYs program, the EPO program. "The Partnership for Youth success, the Employer Partnership Initiative -those kinds of programs that serve as recruiting incentives-yeah, but they answer one of the most important questions any young man or women asks him or herself when they are signing on that dotted line: "After my enlistment's over, what do I do' What happens'" "And through these initiatives, Soldiers are provided a better opportunity, an assurance, a piece of mind to know that when their service days have come to the end, they have a guarantee interview opportunity, they have a partnership as in the Reserve program through EPO, to partner and build a career both on the military side and in the civilian side, to meet their career goals and it makes them better Soldiers. And better Soldiers make for a more secure nation and a more secure world. "You've heard today AT&T's partnership represents the 350th PaYs agreement and Textron's support of the ROTC PaYs Program, (uh excuse me,) Textron joins more than 800 corporate and public participants nationwide who have been part of the (employee) Employment Partnership Initiative. "We want to thank these two companies. They are standing tall amongst the cadre of very responsible firms who understand that the responsibilities of citizenship extends to corporations. That the benefits that our great men and women in uniform have been earning for this Nation and for nations across this planet for more than 230 years don't come easily and take all of our support. "The outcomes that we've had and the successes we enjoy as a Nation, the lives that breath free to the tune of hundreds of millions across this planet, on virtually every continent, come about from those sacrifices but also with the support of great partners like Textron and AT&T, who understand how special these Soldiers and their families are. Without them, we couldn't do what we need to do for those heroes - true heroes - who sacrifice so much for us. "So, I'm honored to be here today, to be part of this great weekend, to thank this tremendous community for their support, and to say how much we appreciate these two very special partners in a very special initiative. "Thank you, Climb to Glory, God Bless America."

  • Army Secretary directs Fort Hood accountability review

    Jan 25, 2010

    The Army will conduct a review to determine if leaders were negligent in their supervision of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Defense Department officials announced last week.

  • On Ft Hood Accountability Review, Jan 21

    Jan 22, 2010

    "We are an Army that is grounded on disciplined and established standards. Leaders at every level are responsible for ensuring that our policies and regulations are followed and that appropriate action is taken if they are not." <i><b>- The Honorable John McHugh</b> Statement on the Accountability Review related to Fort Hood shooting, Jan. 21, 2010</i>

  • Jan. 21, 2010 - Statement on Accountability Review of Ft. Hood Shooting

    Jan 21, 2010

    I have directed Gen. Carter Ham to conduct an accountability review to identify whether any personnel were responsible for failures or deficiencies in applying Army programs, policies, and procedures to the alleged assailant. Further, he will provide a recommendation as to whether disciplinary or adverse action is warranted by each finding, and if so, the nature of such disciplinary or adverse action and the basis for such recommendation.

  • Army Secretary with AW2 Delegates of Army Family Action Plan conference

    Jan 19, 2010

    Representatives of the Army Wounded Warrior AW2 program who attended the Army Family Action Plan Worldwide Conference in Arlington, Va., gather for a photo with Secretary of the Army John McHugh Jan. 15. Vivica Stokes, a veteran of AW2 and Department of the Army civilian at Fort Belvoir, is seated next to McHugh who is holding Stokes' service dog, Starsky. Delegates to this year's AFAP conference identified issues facing Army Families, with three of the top five issues directly related to AW2, including funding for service dogs, financial assistance to non-medical caregivers who assist injured Soldiers, and behavioral health service shortages.

  • Army Secretary, Chief of Staff lay out 2010 goals for senior NCOs

    Jan 14, 2010

    Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. delivered their 2010 plan for the Army to the most senior NCOs Tuesday during the annual Sergeant Major of the Army Nominative conference.

  • Army Secretary prioritizes support, acquisition reform, outreach

    Jan 7, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh gave Pentagon staffers a "preliminary report" Wednesday after his first three months in office, asking them to continue supporting Soldier and family programs, continue acquisition reform, and focus more on congressional outreach.

  • Army secretary visits troops at Landstuhl

    Dec 23, 2009

    During his first trip downrange as Secretary of the Army, John McHugh was in familiar territory in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well during his subsequent visit to wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Dec. 18, 2009 - Remarks by Secretary of the Army John McHugh at FOB Warhorse

    Dec 23, 2009

  • Army secretary visits FOB Warhorse in Diyala

    Dec 19, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala Province as part of his eleventh visit to Iraq and first as the Army's top leader, Dec. 18.

  • Soldiers in Kuwait commended by Army Secretary

    Dec 19, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh viewed the drawdown of forces process and other sustainment operations here during a visit with Third Army Soldiers, Dec. 17. The 21st Secretary of the Army dined with Soldiers, toured multiple facilities, and personally drove several new variants of Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles known as MRAPs.

  • Army secretary tours southern Afghanistan

    Dec 17, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army got a first-hand look at Soldiers and their mission in southern Afghanistan during his fifth visit here and first as the Army's top leader on Dec. 16.

  • Army-Navy 2009

    Dec 17, 2009

    Army Secretary John McHugh; Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey attend the 110th playing of the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2009.

  • Under secretary visits Fort Eustis WTU, hears Soldiers' concerns

    Dec 16, 2009

    Dr. Joseph J. Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, spoke with and listened to the concerns and thoughts of wounded warriors during a Dec. 14 visit to the Fort Eustis Warrior Transition Unit.

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