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The challenges posed by the 21st century security environment drive our vision of the force we must

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become to continue to accomplish our mission. The Nation has entrusted us to preserve peace, maintain freedom, and defend democracy. We have performed this role for more than 230 years. Today, because of the actions of our Soldiers and our record of accomplishment, the American people regard the Army as one of the Nation’s most respected institutions. We will maintain this trust.