FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico - Senior leadership and Fort Buchanan employees and Soldiers from Recruiting Command, 1st Mission Support Command, National Guard, and representatives from the Puerto Rico community gathered together to kick-off The Year of the NCO Feb. 19, 2009, at the garrison.

The event was hosted by Fort Buchanan Command Sergeant Major David Davis who said, "As you know the Army has a distinctive set of values, unlike any other organization in the world, which reflects the high standards to which the entire Army adheres regardless of its mission. So important are these values to the commander and me that we have them displayed on individual signs along the road. We're both very proud of that park area. As Soldiers and leaders we aspire to live them every day by having them on our dog tags as a daily reminder. These core values are more than just rules of behavior. They are deeply rooted in the heritage that has made our organization great and they demonstrate who you are and guide your performance, conduct, and decisions you make each and every day."

"Uniformed service is where discipline is judged, in part, by the manner in which we wear the uniform as prescribed. Therefore, a neat and well-groomed appearance is fundamental and contributes to building the pride and esprit de corps essential to an effective military force. We must never forget the fundamentals that make us the disciplined and well-respected military that we are," Davis said.

"With that, let me say 'thank you' for your service to our country. I thank you for your courage and your dedication and for the untold sacrifices that you and your families make each and every day to serve our country," he said.