The service of Leroy Petry speaks to the very essence of America -- that spirit that says, no matter how hard the journey, no matter how steep the climb, we don’t quit … This is the stuff of which heroes are made. This is the strength, the devotion that makes our troops the pride of every American. And this is the reason that -- like a Soldier named Leroy Petry -- America doesn’t simply endure, we emerge from our trials stronger, more confident, with our eyes fixed on the future.
-President Barack Obama, eulogizing the Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry's conspicuous gallantry in combat during a historic ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 12.
Petry awarded Medal of Honor
He’s so focused on making sure he represents not only the Army, but every warrior (who has) ever worn a uniform.
- Sgt. 1st Class Aric Daldon, who’s known Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry for about six years
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The Army Modernization Plan 2012
What is it?
The Army’s modernization plan establishes a blueprint to develop and field a versatile and affordable mix of equipment to allow Soldiers and units to succeed in full-spectrum operations today and to maintain our decisive advantage over any enemy we face.
What has the Army done?
The Army has evaluated its modernization program portfolios, prioritized within its portfolios and continually improves its acquisition program.
Improving the programs and processes, the Army has four major lines of effort: develop and acquire new capabilities to meet capability gaps through traditional and rapid acquisition processes sustain existing equipment to extend its useful life procure unique equipment for immediate capability needs and field and distribute capabilities in accordance with Army priorities and the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model.
The Army’s strategy-based priorities for modernized equipment are to (1) Network the Force, (2) Deter and Defeat Hybrid Threats and (3) Protect and Empower Soldiers. In particular, we need to continue to close capability gaps in cross-country mobility, protection, and in enhancing the Squad. The equipment in the Army’s FY12 budget request strikes a balance between current and future needs and provides the basis for an affordable equipping strategy over time.
Also, the Army has developed governance structures and initiatives to implement these lines of effort and drive capability development, programming, acquisition and sustainment in an integrated and synchronized manner.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to collect and incorporate lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to inform future acquisition and prepare and equip our Soldiers and units for current operations as well as maintaining full spectrum capability for an unpredictable future. Also, the Army will continue to improve its processes to more effectively manage the resources provided develop and employ innovative ways to equip – saving resources in some areas to allow investments in others while positioning our forces for success.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army has the obligation to provide, develop, field and resource affordable and interoperable mix of the best equipment available for Soldiers to succeed in current and future operations. This new strategy for equipping the force in the 21st century will ensure the Army is able to provide and sustain adaptable, networked and affordable capabilities to forces enabling success in their assigned missions across the spectrum of operations.
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