Thanksgiving is a day that allows us to reflect upon the blessings we share with friends and Family. It also is a day we should pause to remember the men and women who volunteer to defend our way of life enjoyed by all of us in the United States of America. As we give thanks for our abundance today, we are reminded of the personal sacrifices made by our nation's veterans and forces currently serving abroad and unable to celebrate with their loved ones.

Jeannine and I would like to express our sincere thanks to all the Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Family Members throughout Asia and the Pacific for their personal courage and selfless service. We are proud of all you do to guard the freedoms that allow so many to be thankful. We also are grateful for Sailors, Airmen, Marines and our friends and allies who stand with us.

Thanksgiving begins the closing of another year. Take pride in the accomplishments and achievements of 2011. In the weeks ahead, find time to enjoy the company of your family and friends. As an Army and a nation at war, we depend on each other as a team to rise above the challenges of our day. Whatever your plans, use sound judgment during the holidays. Your country and your Army are counting on your safe return.

On this Thanksgiving Day, let us give thanks for every one of the Army's Soldiers, and their Families, who selflessly serve our Nation. Let us honor the Families of our Fallen, and lift them up in our prayers. May our gratitude for the blessings of freedom, prosperity, and Family continue throughout the year.


Francis J. Wiercinski
Lieutenant General, US Army