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  • 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.

  • Cadets bring rivalry to halls of Pentagon

    Dec 11, 2009

    West Point cadets came to the Pentagon Friday knowing that a win over Navy could bring them back to the nation's capital for a bowl game later this month.

  • Fort Bliss warfighters, families focus of Army Secretary visit

    Nov 23, 2009

  • Secretary of the Army visits Medina Wasl

    Nov 23, 2009

  • Army Force Generation focus of Army Secretary

    Nov 20, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Fort Carson Nov. 18 as the second of three stops on his first official tour of Army installations. "The intent of this trip is to provide me with the opportunity to look at the Army's process of resetting, training, equipping and preparing to deploy the fighting force of our United States Army through processes called ARFORGEN (Army Force Generation)," said McHugh.

  • Secretary McHugh impressed by visit to National Training Center

    Nov 19, 2009

    The last time Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Fort Irwin, Calif., and the National Training Center, things were different both for McHugh and the installation.

  • Fort Bliss warfighters, families focus of Army Secretary visit

    Nov 18, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with top military leaders Tuesday to discuss the Army Force Generation plan and participate in a re-signing ceremony of the Army Family Covenant on Fort Bliss, Texas.

  • Fort Hood press conference, Nov. 6

    Nov 13, 2009

    This is a time for the Army family to stand together, this is a time for 'Army Strong' to mean what it says -- and this is a time to know that we are working every moment to ensure that their safety and security is met to the highest possible degree.

  • Nov. 6, 2009 - Press Conference Opening Statement at Fort Hood

    Nov 6, 2009

    Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. conduct a joint press conference on Sadowski Field outside the III Corps headquarters building at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 6, 2009.

  • Nov. 6, 2009 -- Press Conference Opening Statement by Secretary of the Army John McHugh

    Nov 6, 2009

  • Nov. 2, 2009 - Remarks by Secretary of the Army John McHugh at his Arrival Ceremony

    Nov 3, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh makes remarks at his Arrival Ceremony at Fort Myer's Conmy Hall, Nov. 2, 2009.

  • McHugh puts Soldiers, families at center of agenda

    Oct 21, 2009

    Getting the Army's personnel aspects right is the most important job for its leaders, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said Tuesday.

  • Oct. 5, 2009 - Remarks at Symbolic Resigning of the Army Family Covenant

    Oct 6, 2009

    This nation, in order to continue to field the best, most effective military and Army the world has ever seen, we have to take care of the Soldier and his and her family as well.

  • Oct. 5, 2009 - Remarks at the AUSA Annual Meeting

    Oct 6, 2009

    I have to tell you that the days ahead, of course, are of great challenge. We find ourselves faced, it seems at times, by more crises than there are hours in the day in which to confront them. But I can tell you this as well: failure is not an option. We will, we can, we must succeed. And as more than 230 years in the history of this great U.S. Army has shown you, the men and women who put that uniform on will be equal to this challenge as long as we stand by them, as long as you in the AUSA and we in the civilian and military leadership provide them with the tools that they need.

  • McHugh: 'Failure is not an option'

    Oct 5, 2009

    The way ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan will be tough, but America's Soldiers can handle it, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • John McHugh assumes duties as 21st Secretary of Army

    Sep 21, 2009

    John McHugh was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Army Monday, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. As Secretary of the Army, McHugh has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the U.S. Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.

  • Geren to remain as Senate delays successor's confirmation

    Aug 7, 2009

    The Senate adjourned without voting to confirm New York Rep. John M. McHugh as Army secretary, but Pete Geren will remain on the job until formally replaced, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

  • June 2, 2009 - Nomination of John McHugh as Secretary of the Army

    Aug 6, 2009

    As President and Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. And keeping the American people safe demands keeping our armed forces strong -- the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who bear the burden of America's defense.

  • July 30, 2009 - Testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee

    Aug 6, 2009

    Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, distinguished members of the Armed Services Committee, first of all, most importantly, I want to note how excited, how humbled and, frankly, how honored I am to be here before you this morning.

  • Army Secretary makes final official visit to Fort Stewart

    Aug 4, 2009

    During his last official trip as Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Pete Geren stopped by to express his thanks to Soldiers and Army families on Fort Stewart, Ga., Aug 3.

  • Secretary Geren congratulates recipients of Presidential Rank awards

    Jul 30, 2009

    Joyce E. Morrow, now the administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army, accepted her first federal job because it kept her close to her small town in Pennsylvania. More than 29 years later, Morrow said she never anticipated her hard work and effort would bring her to the most senior civil servant position in the Army.

  • Remarks by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren at his Farewell Review, July 17, 2009

    Jul 28, 2009

  • Secretary Geren reviews troops in farewell

    Jul 21, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren was given a farewell review July 17, by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. at Fort Myer's Conmy Hall.

  • VIDEO: Interview with Secretary of the Army Pete Geren

    Jul 17, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren talks to SRTV's Sgt. Ashleigh Torres about the challenge of being Secretary of the Army during wartime.

  • 'Dream team' of researchers to study Army

    Jul 17, 2009

    A ground-breaking study of behavioral health in the Army may soon provide answers on what causes suicide and what programs can best prevent them.

  • Secretary Geren highlights Soldiers, families as he prepares to step down

    Jul 9, 2009

    To Army Secretary Pete Geren, the Army is not some amorphous entity that the country calls on in time of crisis. To him, the Army is people - Soldiers and families - serving something larger than themselves.

  • Army Secretary observes first day for West Point Class of '13

    Jun 30, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army visited "R Day" at the U.S. Military Academy June 29. It was the first day for the Class of 2013, and like every class at the academy since its founding in 1802, the cadets got their first taste of life as a "plebe" - a first-year cadet.

  • Secretary Geren celebrates Army birthday with Army children

    Jun 15, 2009

    As the Army celebrated 234 years of service, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren stopped by Fort Myer's Cody Child Development Center Monday to make sure the youngest members of the Army family were appreciated.

  • Memorial marking WWII air tragedy makes its way to Fort Myer

    Jun 12, 2009

    Nearly 70 years ago, a B-17 Flying Fortress crashed near Mackay, Queensland, Australia, killing all but one of the 41 American servicemembers on their way back to battle in the Pacific Theater. The Bakers Creek crash, as it's known, was the worst transport aircraft disaster in the southwest Pacific during World War II, and to this day remains Australia's worst aerial crash by death toll.

  • Secretary of the Army

    Jun 5, 2009

    Army Secretary Pete Geren thanks Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger as Staff Sgt. Joe Abeln looks on after a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute team "Golden Knights" in conjunction with the "Army Strong Experience," June 3, 2009, at Ft. Meade, Md. The four-day outreach event for civilian business, government, media, and academic leaders raised their awareness about opportunities within the Army.

  • Army Strong Experience inspires civilian leaders

    Jun 4, 2009

    This year's Army Strong Experience reached its apex today with a keynote address by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren.

  • Fallen servicemembers brought cross-country to a final rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery serves as a final resting place for generation upon generation of American heroes. Other cemeteries like it house the remains of veterans who have served this country throughout its 233-year history. But what happens when Soldiers from the past aren't given proper honors' Are they destined to rest forever in anonymity' Not if certain groups, like the Missing in America Project, have anything to say about.

  • Remarks by Secretary Pete Geren at Centennial Ceremony of Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    May 8, 2009

    WRAMC Centennial Ceremony Remarks by Army Secretary, 1 May 09.

  • Army Secretary focuses on Fort Carson issues

    May 7, 2009

    Secreatry of the Army Pete Geren visited Fort Carson May 5, 2009, to discuss issues important to the post.

  • Health care, communication top retiree concerns

    Apr 30, 2009

    Health care continues to be the single greatest issue for both current and future retired Soldiers, according to the Chief of Staff of the Army Retiree Council.

  • Month of the Military Child has deeper meaning for wounded warrior families

    Apr 30, 2009

    The road to recovery for a wounded Soldier can be long and difficult, but with the help of Army medicine and the love of military spouses and children, that road can be shorter and smoother.

  • CASAs sustain Army Strong

    Apr 28, 2009

    They're called Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army, or CASAs. They are special Army ambassadors who interface with Army commanders and the Secretary of the Army on issues affecting their region and they can be found across the U.S.

  • Army takes lead in social media networking to reach families, American public

    Apr 27, 2009

    The new Online and Social Media Division of Army Public Affairs, formed in January, hosted an afternoon 'meet and greet' event for 21 Milbloggers at the Pentagon prior to their weekend conference in Virginia.

  • NCOs of "Pershing's Own" recognized by Army Secretary

    Apr 21, 2009

    Army Secretary Pete Geren recognizes the noncommissioned officers of The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", during a trip to Fort Myer, Va., Tues., April 21, 2009. During the visit, Geren linked the 'Year of the NCO' to the unique contributions of the band's NCOs in representing the Army to over two million Americans during 5,800 events in 2008.

  • "I. A.M. Strong" Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

    Apr 15, 2009

    Speech at the 6 Apr Summit

  • Army Diversity Policy Memo

    Apr 8, 2009

  • Army launches 2nd Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

    Apr 6, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren launched the second I. A.M. (Intervene, Act, Motivate) Strong Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Arlington, Va., telling the audience of Soldiers and civilians that the Army would become nations "gold standard when it comes to sexual assault investigation and prosecution."

  • Oldest WWII vet embodies spirit of 'Year of the NCO'

    Mar 31, 2009

    Army Secretary Pete Geren commemorated the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Year of the NCO and WomenAca,!a,,cs History Month by visiting a 110-year-old World War II veteran and enlisting seven future Soldiers by her side in Milford, Conn., on March 31.

  • Celebrating Women's Contributions to the Army: Women's History Month

    Mar 4, 2009

    Tri-signed letter from Army senior leaders - Celbrating Women's Contributions to the Army: Women's History Month

  • Army attorney donates $5,000 award to 5th Special Forces Group

    Feb 6, 2009

    Dennis Dean Kirk, an attorney with the head counsel of the Army at the Pentagon was richer by $5,000 yesterday morning for earning a special act award that saved the Army $7.3 million, but by noon he'd given that $5,000 right back to the Secretary of the Army Gift Fund.

  • Army rededicates Buffalo Soldier display

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Army rededicated a Buffalo Soldier display in the Pentagon Thursday and kicked off its observance of African American History Month.

  • Celebrating Diversity in the Army: African American History Month

    Feb 3, 2009

    Celebrating Diversity in the Army: African American History Month - Tri-signed letter from senior Army leaders.

  • Army in DC area raises record $3.25 million for CFC

    Feb 3, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren hosted an Army Combined Federal Campaign National Capital Area victory celebration at the Pentagon Monday, praising staff and contributors alike for raising more than $3.25 million for charity.

  • Remarks by Secretary Pete Geren to Army Management Staff College - Jan. 29, 2009

    Feb 3, 2009

    Remarks by Secretary Pete Geren to Army Management Staff College on Jan. 29, 2009.

  • Purple Hearts awarded to Soldiers injured in Afghanistan

    Jan 30, 2009

    Two Soldiers injured in Afghanistan in the Global War on Terrorism, received Purple Hearts during a ceremony Jan. 30 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).

  • Geren, other service secretaries to stay on during transition

    Jan 26, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" Each U.S. military service secretary has agreed to Defense Secretary Robert M. GatesAca,!a,,c request to stay in office for at least several weeks to help ensure the Defense DepartmentAca,!a,,cs smooth transition under the Obama administration, Pentagon officials said recently.

  • Senior Army Leader Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Birthday Message

    Jan 17, 2009

    Senior Army Leader Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Birthday Message

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