The Army is an American Profession of Arms, a vocation comprised of experts certified in the ethical application of land combat power, serving under civilian authority, entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and the interest of the American people. It is Soldiers, it is civilians.

Behind the Army's Profession of Arms is the U.S. Army Materiel Command, comprised of more than 70,000 experts in the field of technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment.

The Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, has made it a top priority for us all to review, reemphasize, and recommit to our profession-- the Profession of Arms.

The Army Profession is defined by six characteristics: trust, trustworthiness, honorable service, Espirt de Corps, Military expertise, and stewardship.

In trust we (AMC) develop, buy and maintain materiel for the Army. AMC also works closely with Program Executive Officers, the Army Acquisition Executive, industry and academia, the other services, and other government agencies.

Our partners depend on our trustworthiness to be the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness. In technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment, we stand behind the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations.

Our honorable service is often found in our employees who retire with multiple decades of service. It is found in the overtime the contract specialist works to purchase a critical piece of equipment. It is found in Red River's unofficial motto:"Building it as if our lives depended on it. Theirs do!"

Espirt de Corps --our moral remains high despite 10 years of persistent conflict; despite budget woes; despite a lack of certainty about the future. Our profession is a calling, not a job. As long a service members are in the field the civilians of AMC will be there to support them. This is truer today than ever before as work is performed in the midst of looming government shutdowns and term employees literally work themselves out of jobs as missions are completed.

The technology is still being developed, the small arms are still being repaired, and strides are being made to make warfighters lighter and more lethal by our quiet professionals: military, civilian, and contractor.

Our credentials in military expertise are found in are every bullet, bomb, tank and beyond sent to deliver an unimaginable blow to our enemy.

Our good stewardship over the taxpayer's dollar is found in our continued reset of equipment and programs like AMC's Bold Ideas campaign designed to continuously seek to efficiencies within our own process and programs.

We are a Profession of Arms.