JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Brig. Gen. Jack Davis, deputy commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific, delivered an important message during an Army Nurse Corps townhall, Nov. 6, at Madigan Army Medical Center. As military medicine transforms, the Corps' mission and vision remain the same.

The Army Nurse Corps lives by its priorities -- people, readiness, leader development, communication and partnerships. The Corps will always put people first. People are invaluable and vital assets, without them, the mission and readiness would not be possible.

"The teams of people, the partnerships are what's important," said Davis. "We operate in a joint environment. When the rubber meets the road, it is our team members from the other services who have our backs - just like we have their backs."

Davis acknowledged that there is a lot of work to be done amidst the transformation of military medicine in a joint environment, but he reiterated that, "The Army Nurse Corps embraces every opportunity to shape the next chapter of the Corps."

Regardless of where the mission is - in a clinic, an inpatient ward, or downrange -- whether the person is a staff clinician, or someone in a leadership role, the Nurse Corps wakes up each day ready to provide direction, and education to those who look to them for guidance.

Over 600 audio lines, 30 video conferencing lines, and people on a live Facebook stream, heard those words at the townhall.

The Army Nurse Corps is "Ready to Lead, Ready to Care Since 1901".