Message to the Army - March 6, 2007

Tuesday March 6, 2007

It has been my honor to serve the Soldiers, civilians and families of the United States Army and my Country as the 19th Secretary of the Army.

The Army is an outstanding team of caring and compassionate professionals who are incredibly dedicated - sacrificing their own safety to provide for the Nation's defense. Today's Soldier consistently has demonstrated excellence on the battlefield, and I applaud each one's unmatched and unparalleled strength.

I am leaving your ranks saddened, yet uplifted to know you will continue to shoulder the load, wherever you place your boots on the ground to preserve the peace and freedom of our great Nation. I led this Army for over two years and accept full responsibility for all that happened during this time, as I promised in my oath of office.

I am proud of what General Schoomaker, Chief of Staff, Army, and I have accomplished over the last two years, especially in beginning to obtain the resources you and our Nation need and deserve; and which set us on the path to becoming a fully ready and relevant Army for whatever the Nation requires. Significant progress has also been made in force and business transformation, modernization, leader development, and the well-being of Soldiers and their families - your well-being has always been my highest priority.

Our Army is strong. It is strong because of your efforts. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be associated with you, our Nation's greatest treasure - the American Soldier, and to have served you. May God bless you, your families, our Army and the United States of America.

Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army


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  • Apologies, Anger at Walter Reed Hearing (EB | WP)
  • Hertling Named 1st AD Commander (SAS)
  • Camp Liberty Soldiers Up-armor Humvees (ARNews)
  • Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team Credits Iraqis for Ramadi Turnaround (SAS)


  • Bomb Hits Baghdad Book Mart (EB | LAT)
  • 9 from One Family Die in U.S. Strike Near Kabul (NYT)
  • New Iraq Security Plan Will Take Months to Accomplish (MNF)
  • Bush Seeks Additional $2 Billion for Iraq War (EB | MH)


  • Soldier Inspired Others to 'Be Who They Want to Be' (ARNews)
  • Cheney Praises Troops, Thanks Veterans at VFW Conference (AFIS)
  • Minnesota Guard Member First in Unit to Earn Two Purple Hearts (ARNews)
  • Damaged Cars Prompt Inquiry (ARNews)


  • Jihadists Being Recruited on Internet, U.S. Army Intelligence Chief Says (MS | Story)
  • "Democratic" America Failed to Win Afghans' Hearts and Minds (ALJ | Story)
  • U.S. Army Medic Denies Desertion in Iraq Case (RT | Story)
  • North Baghdad Explosion Leaves Six U.S. Soldiers Dead (KNA | Story)


  • Iraq Pictures - 05 March 2007 (IP)
  • Call to Action for Community Support for the Veterans Clinics and Hospitals Across America (SAG)
  • Operation Brown Hawk (BF)
  • Death in Afghanistan Becomes Teaching Tool (BH)

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"We will do what is right for our Soldiers and our families. They can be assured that the Army leadership is committed and dedicated to ensuring that their quality of life and the quality of their medical care is equal to the quality of their service and their great sacrifice." - Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard A. Cody, said during a meeting with the national security subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, March 5.


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