In one of our nation's longest wars, you wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in American military history. Now, the Iraqi people have a chance to forge their own destiny, and every one of you who served there can take pride in knowing you gave the Iraqis that opportunity -- that you succeeded in your mission.
- President Barack Obama, paying tribute to Iraq war veterans, and emphasizing his pride in the U.S. military for working together to achieve success in Iraq, at a dinner hosted by him and First Lady Michelle Obama, Feb. 29, 2012, at the White House.
White House pays tribute to Iraq War veterans, families
My wife and I are both very humbled to be in attendance for this event. It's really an honor to represent Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and Operation New Dawn veterans. Some of them didn't have a chance to come home, so we're keeping that at the forefront of our minds and are excited, but also humbled.
- Staff Sgt. Benjamin Straubel, human resources sergeant, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, Maine National Guard, on being selected to represent the Army National Guard at a dinner hosted by the Obamas, Feb. 29, 2012, at the White House.
Iraq veterans experience nation's gratitude at White House
The Army Posture Statement: Responsible Stewardship
What is it?
The Army must be responsible stewards by identifying how to improve processes and operate faster, smarter, cheaper and better. As savings are found, the Army must maintain critical operational capabilities, sustain force structure, maintain family service programs and invest in needed modernization. The Army is transforming the Institutional Army, reforming the acquisition process and implementing energy security initiatives.
What has the Army done?
The Institutional Army has been working to provide readiness at best value to help operate within the constraints imposed by the national and global economic situation. To enhance organizational adaptive capacity while shepherding resources, the Army initiated a number of efforts to adapt institutional business processes, such as the Army Financial Improvement Plan, enabling the Army to achieve full auditability by fiscal year 2017.
As a result of uncertain funding, insufficient contract oversight and an ineffective requirement determination process, the Army initiated a significant reform of the way products and weapons are developed and acquired. As part of this acquisition reform initiative, the Army has taken steps toward improvement through a series of capability portfolio reviews.
The Army also considers energy in all activities to reduce demand, increase efficiency, obtain alternative sources and create a culture of energy accountability.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Increasing efficiency and improving our processes and systems will continue to make the Army responsible stewards of decreasing resources. In the future, the Army will continue to make the Institutional Army more flexible by improving the ability to quickly adapt to changing environments, missions and priorities. Based on findings and recommendations of a comprehensive review of the acquisition process, the Army will fix an inefficient procurement system that too often wastes precious resources and fails to provide needed systems in a timely manner. Also, the Army is developing energy policies, plans and practices for installations to implement efficient and renewable energy use and sustainable programs that support achievement of the Army's sustainability goals.
Why is this important to the Army?
We must be the very best stewards of the resources provided to us, as they are too precious to waste. Transforming the Institutional Army, reforming our acquisition process and ensuring energy security are essential for us to make maximum use of the resources provided by the Congress and American people.
2012 Army Posture Statement Online
The Army Posture Statement: Support to Operations in Afghanistan
2012 Army Posture Statement
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