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Greetings CECOM team!

As we moved through June, I noticed a recurring theme of “pride” which made me reflect on what it really means. I think the idea of “pride” can shift depending on the context but, overall, pride really means being brave enough to be yourself and share your uniqueness with others. First, June is dedicated as National Pride Month during which we pay tribute to the LGBTQ+ Soldiers and Civilians who have made our military stronger and the Nation safer. National Pride Month encourages individuals to be proud of who they are and to celebrate community and unity.

The Army’s birthday on 14 June gave us an opportunity to reconnect with our history and feel pride in our many accomplishments. Older than the Nation it defends, the U.S. Army has played a vital role in the history of America and the defense of our democratic values. The Army's Soldiers have contributed to national security in peace and war as well as the development of the United States for 247 years.

We also celebrated Juneteenth National Independence Day which commemorates the end of slavery in America and formal extension of the liberties enumerated in the Declaration of Independence to Black Americans. Much like America’s original Independence Day, the U.S. Army played a fundamental role in securing the freedoms extended to Black Americans by the Emancipation Proclamation and the Reconstruction Amendments. The U.S. Army remembers its role in the liberation of enslaved persons throughout the Confederacy as one of its core legacies.

The Army is proudly cultivating a diverse force which ensures that we will always have the top talent, skills and abilities to meet future defense challenges and win our Nation’s wars. This month we looked at pride in the context of various communities and identities. I encourage you all to keep learning about each other and your diverse experiences. Our diversity truly makes us stronger and I am proud to be a part of this team.

Kristie Brady

CECOM Command Sgt. Maj.