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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today's Focus:

2011 Army Posture Statement

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"As I looked at trying to figure out who the next sergeant major of the Army ought to be, it was a very difficult task because frankly we have an Army that is replete with talent in our noncommissioned officer corps, and nowhere is it more pronounced than among our sergeants major … He (Chandler) brings a great wealth of talent to this position, from the operational side, the installation side, the institutional side and the Reserve Component side. He has a deep understanding of what it means to be a citizen Soldier, and I think he'll bring that to bear here as we go forward trying to operationalize the Guard and Reserve."

- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., at the swearing-in ceremony of Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III as the 14th sergeant major of the Army, March 1, at the Pentagon, while outlining Chandler's career highlighted the versatility which made him the top choice for the post of sergeant major of the Army.

Chandler sworn in as 14th SMA

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"You need to be healthy mentally, physically and emotionally. If you are not, you cannot perform your job to the best of your ability."

- Staff Sgt. Lindsay Barth, noncommissioned officer in charge of Behavioral Health at the JBER Troop Medical Clinic, Alaska, emphasizing the importance of seeking help as it benefits both the Soldier and the mission

Football legend tackles mental-health stigma

Related website: Army Behavioral Health website

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

2011: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

March :

Women's History Month - ref: Women in the US Army

Brain Injury Awareness Month - ref: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

TODAY'S FOCUS

2011 Army Posture Statement

What is it?

The Army Posture Statement is the written testimony of the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army to Congress for the annual posture hearings. The Army Posture Statement informs Congress on the state of the Army and outlines the Army's compelling needs for Congress to consider when reviewing the President's budget for the following fiscal year. The Army Posture Statement also informs internal and external audiences about recent Army accomplishments and current initiatives. The online version of the Army Posture Statement includes 15 addenda which explain key programs and policies, including ARFORGEN, the Network and the Army Profession of Arms. It also contains over 270 information papers which provide details on important initiatives and activities.

What has the Army done?

The Army incorporated input from the Army Secretariat, the Army Staff, and the Army Commands to develop the Army Posture Statement. The Army Posture Statement, addenda and information papers are accessible online at Army Posture Statement website. A PDF version of the Army Posture Statement, without addenda and information papers, is also available for download.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The printed version of the Army Posture Statement will be available in March through the Executive Strategy Group, Office of the Director of the Army Staff. Various subject matter experts will periodically update Information Papers on the Army Posture Statement website to ensure that they remain current and relevant.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Posture Statement provides Congress, the Army community, think tanks, the defense industry, and other interested parties, to include the American People, an overview of the Army - where we have been and where we are going - as well as information on key programs, initiatives and activities. The Army Posture statement is an authoritative document that describes the strategic environment, highlights what the Army is doing around the world, communicates the challenges that the Army faces and lays out a future focus for the Army for the future.

Resources:

Army Posture Statement website

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