Soldiers of the 3rd ESC - fellow Sustainers....

Tomorrow, you have a moment to pause and reflect. As one who has answered your Nation's call to duty - I ask you to answer another call. I ask you to honor and thank a Veteran near you whose service is recorded in the history of past conflicts which have defined our Nation's history. It is the least we can do to honor those who've safeguarded our peace and freedom. As you know, our Nation owes a great debt to its Veterans, whose service spans every decade, and continues every day of our country's existence. Through untold courage and sacrifice, America's Veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish here in America.

You're probably aware that we celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In the years since President Wilson made the 11th of November a National day of remembrance, the scope of our observance has changed, from a day set aside to remember the dead from one war, to a day in which American veterans from all wars, as well as those who served in times of peace, could be honored.

On this, the 80th anniversary of the first Veterans Day, as for the past eight years, our Nation is at war. We as an ESC stand prepared to answer the call - whenever, wherever we are asked. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that you - the Veterans of the next generation - demonstrate on a day-to-day basis. Your efforts fill me with pride and confidence that together we can achieve any mission, anywhere in support of this great Army and Nation.

Sustaining the Line!

Colonel (P) Robin B. Akin
Commander, 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary