GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 2, 2013) - Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, spoke with members and guests of the West Point Society of the Piedmont at a luncheon in the Proximity Hotel here today.

"It's an incredible honor to join all of you today," Said Allyn. "What I will tell you, especially for the perspective cadets, thank you for your willingness to continue serving the greatest country in the world."

Among the 150 people attending the luncheon were U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduates, retired officers, parents of current academy cadets, local Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, several young citizens, with their parents, who are applying to attend the academy, and a dozen Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.

"I want to provide you with an update about where your Army is today," said Allyn.

"It is still the greatest Army on the planet, and with the leaders within our ranks, my absolute
optimism is that will continue to be true going forward."

The West Point Society of the Piedmont is one of many West Point societies around the country. It is a not-for-profit organization that serves the interest of the military academy by encouraging and supporting USMA admissions.

Allyn provided a brief overview of mission and outlook for the Soldiers who serve in FORSCOM. He also took time to answer a few questions from members of the audience.

"I like to describe the challenges that we face in fairly simple terms," he explained, "we have a
bench and depth of leadership in our Army today that is far greater than the challenges that we face.

"As long as we are able to continue to harness that leadership capacity we will continue to have the greatest Army on the planet, you can count on it and I know that you are going to help us keep it that way."