FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2012) -- Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the U.S. Army Cyber Command Headquarters here April 2, to gain situational awareness and ensure the Army is correctly prioritizing, balancing and integrating resources to support the mission.

McHugh met with Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, commanding general, Army Cyber Command and 2nd Army. During the visit McHugh received updates about the command's global mission set to defend all Army networks.

McHugh said that the Army was currently reviewing the kind of land force that it would need to face the challenges of 2020, and that "whatever the future may hold, what Army Cyber is doing today will impact tomorrow's battlefield."

He also participated in an awards ceremony and recognized several Soldiers and civilians assigned to the command.

"This is one exciting opportunity to develop an opportunity for the future as we work on defining it today," McHugh said to the Army Cyber Command workforce. "You are providing a great service to the Army and to your country."

Army Cyber Command/2nd Army serves as the component force supporting U.S. Cyber Command and provides trained and ready cyber forces and capabilities to support the war fighter and enable combat operations, while defending the Army's portion of the defense networks. Army Cyber is comprised of 21,000 Soldiers and civilian employees at locations around the globe.

U.S. Army Cyber Command's mission is to plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, direct and conduct network operations and defense of all Army networks. When directed, Army Cyber Command will conduct cyberspace operations in support of full-spectrum operations to ensure U.S. and allied freedom of action in cyberspace, and to deny the same to adversaries.