As we all watch the news and are saddened by recent events across the Nation, I’ve been asked several times about what the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command is doing or planning to do.
My answer is simple – we are going to continually evaluate ourselves and our programs to ensure we are accomplishing the mission in accordance with the Army Values.
No organization is ever ideal - but our Army values are. They represent the moral high ground to which we must all continually aspire. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage know no bounds, and if we live up to those values, we will automatically treat others as we want to be treated.
When I took command of AMCOM a year ago, my command philosophy specifically identified what I value. I thought it appropriate to share it again – my exact words are in italics.
Teamwork. I firmly believe that the teams that we are on are more important than the one we lead. We are on the U.S. Army Materiel Command team, the U.S. Army team, the Joint team and most importantly on the Nation’s team. To accomplish our goals, we must all work together.
Disciplined Initiative. As our environment constantly changes, we must as well. I am not risk averse and am willing to try new concepts - as long as those risk decisions are underwritten by those who have the authority to make them. There is usually a better way to get after any task – I trust you to give those ideas a try.
Candid Dialogue. Disagreement is not disloyalty, and I want to hear and understand every aspect affecting a decision. The best ideas will come from the team. There will be differing points of view, but candid, frank discussion will lead us to a better solution.
Because I’m confident that all of us are committed to the Army Values, I’m confident that we as AMCOM will accomplish our mission. And as always, thanks for what you do!
Maj. Gen. Todd Royar
Commander of U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command