By Staff Sgt. Tamika DillardApril 21, 2017
WIESBADEN, Germany-- "What you are doing here is important, not only to our allies but to the American people.. so thanks for what you do," said Sgt. Major of the Army Daniel Dailey.
These were the words expressed to Soldiers on the ground as Dailey visited troops in Latvia and Germany, April 18-21.
Dailey visited U.S. Soldiers in Europe to stress the importance of the Atlantic Resolve mission and the contributions Soldiers on the ground have made in enhancing global security.
"This is not Iraq or Afghanistan," said Dailey. "But this is just as important if not more important at this time in our history right now... making sure we are doing the things we need to do to maintain the partnerships we have with our international partners and keeping the interest of the American people."
Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division deployed to Europe earlier this year as part of the the Army's rotational force and in a very short amount of time are making good on the United States' commitment to the U.S.-European strategic partnership.
"These Soldiers, in this short period of time, have far exceeded my expectations," Dailey said. "I have the faith and confidence they will continue to what they were sent here to do and I wanted to personally come here to Europe and tell each and every one of them how proud America is of them."
These rotational forces will conduct exercises across the theater during the course of their nine-month rotation, routinely demonstrating speed of assembly and massing for training events.
This visit also gave Soldiers the opportunity to ask the Sergeant Major of the Army questions and seek out his guidance to assist with the mission.
Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, U.S. Army Europe's senior enlisted advisor said having Dailey here positively impacted the Soldiers.
"Having someone at his level here reinforces for the Soldiers the importance of their mission here," Lyon said. "Without this, Soldiers lose focus and they feel like they are not contributing…so having somebody from his level tell them that they have purpose helps them to get through their time here.
Dailey agreed with Lyons.
"When Soldiers are highly motivated and they're lead through motivation, direction and purpose, he said I have every confidence in the world they will perform to the best of their ability."
Photos from Sgt. Maj. of the Army's visit can be found on the U.S. Army Europe's Flickr page- https://flic.kr/s/aHskYaTM7D
U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51 country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia. The relationships we build during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.