Here 235 of you stand ready to re-enlist for another tour of service, or to reaffirm your recent re-enlistment by reciting the oath of enlistment, knowing full well your commitment will likely entail another long separation from loved ones and more tough battles with the enemy. I cannot say how impressive your actions are.
- Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, helped U.S. servicemembers celebrate the 235th anniversary of America’s independence by administering the oath of enlistment to 235 servicemembers during an Independence Day celebration held July 4, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Soldiers celebrate Fourth of July at Kandahar Airfield
I believe the U.S. is a melting pot of people of all races, all of who share the same freedoms. Now, I get to be a part of it.
- Spc. Jeridine Stewart, originally from Palau and one of the five Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, who took the Oath of Naturalization during a ceremony July 4, 2011.
Soldiers become U.S. citizens during Independence Day ceremony in Afghanistan
The Affordable and Integrated Army Equipment Modernization White Paper
What is it?
The Affordable and Integrated Army Equipment Modernization White Paper describes how the Army will provide relevant capabilities for today’s operations and develop capabilities for the future at best value given available resources.
What is the Army trying to accomplish?
As an endstate, the Army must develop, field and sustain the right equipment in an incremental and iterative manner to ensure Soldiers and units have the capabilities needed to be successful across the full-range of military operations today and into the future.
The Army must change the way it develops and delivers capabilities. This change is necessary. Changing our approach provides the flexibility needed in a rapidly changing operational environment by embracing ideas that will inform both rapid and deliberate acquisition equipping processes. Key to this effort is clearly defining gaps, validating requirements, disciplining requirements growth, establishing a clear priority of needs, routinely re-assessing the value of systems in development and in the field and taking advantage of technological advances as well as emerging solutions.
How will the Army accomplish this?
The White Paper embraces the Army Force Generation equipping, incremental equipment modernization and integrated portfolios to develop field and sustain the right equipment to ensure Soldiers and units have the capabilities needed. The Army will:
Assess: Assess current and proposed programs vigorously against key national and defense strategies and conduct these assessments on a predictable, defined schedule.
Align: Look at ways to fuse and align the modernization community, prevent stovepipes and ensure integration across the requirements, acquisition and resourcing communities.
Innovate: Develop and employ new and innovative ways to equip the Army while saving resources in some areas to allow investments in others.
Why is this important to the Army?
The success of the Army’s equipment modernization efforts hinge upon defining capability gaps, establishing a clear priority of needs and taking full advantage of technological advances and emerging solutions.
The Army has an obligation to provide Soldiers with the most effective, high-quality equipment in the most sustainable, cost-effective manner possible. The goal of Army Equipment Modernization is to develop and field a versatile and affordable mix of equipment that will enable Soldiers to succeed in full-spectrum operations today and tomorrow, ensuring that we maintain decisive advantage over any enemy it faces.
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