FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 11, 2013) -- Today, we remember the victims of the mass murder attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the sacrifices of those who have since fought terrorists and those who harbor them. We can best honor their memory by our commitment to our mission and by cherishing the freedoms they fought to preserve. The 12-year commemoration of the attacks in New York, Washington and over a field in western Pennsylvania gives us the opportunity to honor those who died in those attacks, as well as renew our commitment to our Army profession and each other as we continue to prepare Soldiers and leaders of our maneuver force to protect our nation and our fellow citizens.

Over the past 12 years, our Army has adapted to defeat our enemies and accomplish the mission in two wars. Our Maneuver Center has incorporated hard-won lessons into our leader development, training and doctrine as well as efforts to ensure our Soldiers have the best possible equipment to fight and win. Improvements in our combat effectiveness would not have been possible without our professional, dedicated civilian workforce. Command Sgt. Maj. Carabello and I want to take this opportunity to thank all Soldiers who volunteered to serve our nation in time of war, the Family members who support them, and our civilian team members.

As previous generations defeated fascist, imperialist and communist totalitarian enemies, we will defeat, together with our allies and partners, today's enemies -- organizations that use an irreligious ideology to incite hatred and perpetrate violence against innocents. We who have the privilege of serving today are committed to preserving the legacy of those who have gone before us. Our Soldiers who have volunteered in time of war are sending terrorists and those who support them a clear message: Americans cannot be intimidated. America has men and women who are prepared to press the fight relentlessly until our enemies are defeated.

As we remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, we also remember our comrades who fought courageously and made the ultimate sacrifice. We remain committed to honoring our fallen comrades with our deeds as we continue our vital mission at Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center. Command Sgt. Maj. Carabello and I are proud to serve alongside you.

One Force, One Fight!

-- Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster
Commanding general