To the Army Family,It is the honor of a lifetime to serve as your 34th Under Secretary of the Army.Years ago a "Spirit of Service" motivated me to take the oath of enlistment in the United States Army, and several years later to take the commissioning oath in the United States Navy. You have all been moved by that same spirit.Today, with the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, the Nation once again needs you during this time of crisis - your service is vital to the Army's role in defeating this virus. Protect yourselves and your families so you can protect the Nation.ln addition to defeating COVID-19, the Army's priorities remain Readiness, Modernization, and Reform. As we aggressively execute our modernization strategy, we will maintain a sustainable level of readiness to meet the current operational requirements. People - you - are the keystone to everything we do. Priorities may shift, but our principles, and our people, define us. Take care of your people.You make America's Army the strongest and best in the world. Thank you for your dedication to our Army and service to our Nation. I look forward to the privilege of serving alongside you on the Army team.Sincerely,James E. McPhersonUnder Secretary of the Army