By U.S. ArmyMarch 12, 2013
The Army has played a central role in the Nation's efforts during the past twelve years of war. Our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians have demonstrated selfless service and teamwork and they have carried us through these challenging times. We are humbled by sacrifices made. We are duty-bound to honor our commitments - to those who have served as well as to those who continue to serve. We continue to support the 66,000 service members deployed to Afghanistan and thousands of others serving at home and abroad. All of us can take pride in the work we have done and what we have accomplished together.
As we transition in Afghanistan, the Army will continue to face an operational environment characterized by complexity and uncertainty. We will continue to operate under fiscal constraints for the foreseeable future. We will continue to face events and circumstances that will challenge our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians.
While I acknowledge these challenges, I am convinced there are just as many opportunities for the Army to seize that will prepare us for today and tomorrow. We are serving at a critical time in the history of the Army.
Our efforts will sustain and preserve the strength of our All-Volunteer Army, the most decisive land force in the world. There is much work to be done, and it will require commitment and teamwork to do it. I am confident and optimistic about what we will accomplish moving forward as a team.
It is my honor and privilege to serve with you as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. I thank you for what you have done, what you do every day, and what you will continue to do for the Army and our great Nation.
John F. Campbell
General, U.S. Army