Yesterday I had the honor to speak at MG Anthony Potts’ Remembrance Service Ceremony, here at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
For those of you who don’t know, MG Potts was most recently the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical at APG, and tragically passed away in a plane crash this past July. With a total of 37 years of steadfast service, MG Potts left a legacy on our Army and more specifically, our C5ISR community. Notably, at PEO C3T he played a significant role in delivering the Army of 2030 network. His extensive combat experience, technical skills, and tremendous leadership provided him with the tools to ensure Soldiers had what they needed when they needed it. He was a dedicated husband, father, and friend. He will be truly missed.
When a sudden loss like this occurs, I am reminded of just how important it is to be available for those you care about. Make that call to an old battle buddy and check in on family members. Our time here is not guaranteed, and we shouldn't take it for granted.
Every year, September 11th is formally recognized as Patriot Day. It’s a poignant time where we as a country collectively honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 souls lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This shared experience links the nation together, and is woven into the fiber that binds Soldiers, civilians, families, and the American people. The lives lost in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Penn., will never be forgotten. Because of them, our Army remains vigilant and ready to meet any future challenge in the pursuit of freedom.
As an official National Day of Service and Remembrance, American flags are flown at half-staff and a moment of silence is held at 0846, signifying the exact time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Soldiers, Civilians, and family members are encouraged to participate in a day of community service to honor those who were lost on that tragic day.
While those attacks on American soil altered the course of history forever, I believe they made us stronger as a Nation.
This We’ll Defend!
MG Robert Edmonson II