FORSCOM Change of Command

Ladies and gentlemen,
please take your seats. The ceremony will begin shortly. We ask that you silence
all electronic devices, and conceal your security
badges for the duration of the ceremony. In consideration of
others, we ask that you not obstruct the view of other
guests while taking pictures. If there is a need for medical
assistance during the ceremony, there is a first aid station
behind you, to your left. In the unlikely event that
we must evacuate the area, please move into Marshall
Hall in an orderly manner, using either the FORSCOM
or the USARC entrances. Good afternoon
ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Marshall Hall. Headquarters of the United
States Army Forces Command. Today, General Daniel B.
Allyn, Commanding General, United States Army
Forces Command, will relinquish
command as he passes the colors to General
Raymond T. Odierno, the 38th Chief of
Staff of the Army, and host for today’s ceremony. General Odierno will
then transfer the colors to General Mark A. Milley,
who will assume command. We would like to extend
a special welcome to our distinguished
guests who are joining us for the special occasion. Miss Linda Odierno,
Miss Debbie Allyn, and the Allyn’s
daughter, Danielle. General Allyn’s brother, Mr.
Rob Allyn, and his wife, Katie. Mrs. Allyn’s cousins, Mrs. Terri
Clay and her husband Brian, and their daughter Katie. And Mrs. Amy Cameron
and her husband Brian. Mrs. Hollyanne Milley
and the Millie’s children, Mary and Peter. Her father, Mr. Robert
Hass and his wife, Marsha. Her sister, Mrs. Amy Bogart,
and her husband, Scott, and their sons, Nick and Jake. Her Uncle, Mr. James Haas,
and her Aunt, Miss Carol Hass. General Milley’s Aunt the
Honorable Nat Robertson, Mayor of Fayetteville. Mr. Tony Tata, Secretary
of Transportation for the state of North Carolina. Lieutenant General Charles T.
Cleveland, Commanding General, United States Army Special
Operations Command, and his wife, Mary Ann. Mrs. Beth Anderson, wife of
Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, Commanding
General 18th Airborne Corps, who is currently deployed. Lieutenant General
Raymond A. Thomas, III, Commander Joint
Special Operations Command, and his wife, Barb. Command Sergeant Major Chris
Greca, United States Central Command, Command Sergeant
Major Scott Schroeder, United States Army Forces
Command, and his wife, Marla. Senior military and civilian
leaders, mentors, friends, thank you for honoring
us with your presence. United States Army
Forces Command or FORSCOM is the largest command in
the United States Army, and it is the Army’s
force provider to combatant
commanders worldwide. The command trains, mobilizes,
deploys, sustains, transforms, and reconstitutes
conventional forces, providing relevant
and ready land power in defense of the nation,
both at home and abroad. Forces Command tailors
the resources and training of its units to meet– –the
music for today’s ceremony is performed by the
Army ground forces band, under the direction
of their commander and conductor, Captain Day Kim. The Color Guard is from the
United States Army Forces Command and United States
Army Reserve Command and is being led by Master
Sergeant James L Proctor, II. The Salute Battery is
from Bravo Battery. Third Battalion, 319th, Airborne
Field Artillery Regiment, and is led by First Lieutenant
John Girton and Sergeant First Class Jameson Stukes. Ladies and gentlemen,
please rise for the arrival of
the official party, and remain standing for
honors, the national anthem, and the invocation. Ladies and gentlemen,
I ask that you join me– –and the high
ideals that you– –prepared to lead at such a time
in our nation’s history. Today we are two great leaders. First, I give thanks for the
exemplary servant leadership of General Allyn provided–
–during his season of command. A time that was marked with
unprecedented challenge and change, he, with your
divine help and strength, provided calm and steady
visionary direction to ensure– –I
ask your blessing on his– –assumes his new
role and responsibilities as Vice Chief of
Staff of the Army. Father, we thank you–
–may your divine presence and blessings accompany
General Milley as he assumes the leadership role as it
plays in this Change of Command Ceremony today. Bless our nation, the
men and women in uniform, our civilians, and family
members who stand with them. Keep the lamp of liberty burning
bright, and our Army strong. I humbly ask and
pray these things in your holy and
mighty name, Amen. Thank you, Chaplain Solhjem. Ladies and gentlemen,
please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen at this
time a bouquet of red roses is being presented
to Mrs. Debbie Allyn by Sergeant First
Class, Shanita Grant. A single red rose
will also be presented to the Allyn’s
daughter, Danielle. Red roses farewell them
with love and appreciation for their many contributions to
the command and the community during their tenure
here at Fort Bragg. Yellow roses are now being
presented to Miss Hollyanne Milley by Captain
Kerry [INAUDIBLE]. A single yellow rose
will also be presented to their daughter,
Mary, and a coin will be presented
to their son, Peter. Yellow roses and the coin
welcome Miss Milley, Mary, and Peter with
joy and friendship to the command
and the community. Sergeant First
Class Jameson Stukes is presenting General
Allyn a shell casing to commemorate this occasion. Ladies and gentleman,
General Odierno will now conduct the
Change of Command Ceremony. In a time honored
tradition, General Allyn will pass the
organization’s colors to the host,
General Odierno, who will then pass them
to General Milley. They will be assisted by
Command Sergeant Major Scott Schroeder, United States
Army Forces Command, under the provisions of
Army Regulation 600-20. The underside assumes command
of the United States Army Forces Command, signed Mark A
Milley, General United States Army Commanding. Ladies and gentlemen,
the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States
Army, General Raymond Odierno. Good afternoon. Thanks everybody for
turning out today. It’s really incredible
see so many people here. It’s a special treat for me to
come down here to Fort Bragg, because it’s inspiring
to me, because of all the great soldiers
and leaders that are here every single day
representing our entire army. Whether it be our
Special Operations Forces, our Conventional
Forces, our Support Forces, our Headquarters. This is the one
place in the Army you get to see total picture
of who we are and what we are. So for me it’s always
a great pleasure– Today is a true
day of celebration, as we celebrate the great
extraordinary leadership of Dan Allyn, and General Mark Milley,
and all of the soldiers Forces Command. Now I do realize that leaving
Fort Bragg going to Pentagon might not have been on
Dan Allyn’s dream sheet, but it is a great day
for us in the Army today. Because we’re getting
a great leader to be the Vice Chief
of Staff for the Army. And many of you might
not know but it so happens that today is in
fact the Allyn’s 27th wedding anniversary. We want to congratulate
both of you. Congratulations. And of course, they will
celebrate their anniversary in a traditional Army way. They’ll jump in their car,
they will drive to Fort McNair, and they’ll start unloading
their housing– their household goods so they can get
ready for their next job. So this will be like probably
many other anniversaries that you’ve both celebrated. But thank you both. As I stand here
today, it reminds me of the strength of
the American soldier. Our soldiers are the
best in the world. And that is evident every day
as I get a chance to watch them in the many duties that they
accomplish around the world. And I want to thank the
Army Ground Forces Band today who’s led by Captain Kim. Appreciate everything
that you all do. Master Sergeant Proctor
and the Color Guard, I want to thank you. From FORSCOM and
the Army Reserves. I want to thank
the Salute Battery. Lieutenant General John Girton
and Sergeant First Class Jameson Stukes, thank you
for your great leadership and what you represent,
and all the great soldiers. I want to thank all the
community guests that are here. That are here to recognize
the importance of this day, as we change a heavy
responsibility of command in Forces Command. I want to specifically
recognize General Lindsay. Sir, great to see you again. Thank you so much for
being here, as always. I want to thank
a General Kernan. Sir, thank you, as
well, for being here. You represent those who train
many of us, both of you. And many of us have
great responsibility because of the great leadership
that you both gave us over the years. So I want to thank you both. Thank you very much. I want to recognize Charlie
Cleveland, the Commander US Army Special Operations Command. Charlie thank, you for
everything that you do. And his wife, Mary Ann. I want to thank Beth Anderson. Beth, I don’t know
where you are. But it’s great to see you. Thanks for everything
that you do. And as you represent your
husband, and everything, all our soldiers that are
currently deployed. It’s always great
to see you, Beth. Thank you. General Ray Thomas, Commander
Joint Special Operation. He and his wife Barbara. Ray, it’s always
great to see you. Thank you, and congratulations. I haven’t had a chance to see
you since you took command. We’re very proud
of you, as well. So thank you very much. And I want to recognize Command
Sergeant Major Scott Schroeder Command Sergeant Major,
thank you for your leadership and everything that
you do every day, as a senior enlisted
soldier of Forces Command. I appreciate
everything that you do. We always talk about the
strength of our soldiers. As our families and our
business involves our families, we cannot do we do without the
steadfast support from them. This is especially true from
the Allyn and Milley families. I’m honored to welcome
them here today. Dan is joined by his wife,
Debbie, in their daughter, who’s a Senior at the
University of North Carolina. And just returned from
a summer in Africa. Their son, Josh, is a
Junior at West Point. And he’s being kept busy doing
those things cadet officer and leaders do. Getting ready for
new academic year. Mark is joined by his lovely
wife, Hollyanne and their two children. Mary, who graduated
from Holy Cross and works in Washington
DC for British Petroleum. And Peter, who’s a
Senior at Georgetown. These are two
great Army families who represent what’s best about
our families and everything they do to support their
husbands and fathers. So I thank you very much. Let’s please give them
a round of applause. Since World War II,
FORSCOM has been at the forefront of insuring our
soldiers leaves the units ready when needed. And today this responsibility
is no different. The training,
equipping, and readiness of more than 270,000
active component soldiers in partnership with over
350,000 Army National Guard. and nearly 200,000 US Army
Reserve soldiers is daunting. No other command in our Army
influences as many soldiers as Forces Command. It is by far, the largest
and most diverse command that we have in our Army. In addition to generating
forces to deploy worldwide, they are also responsible
for unit soldier and family readiness within the
continental United States. The mission of this command
is complex and challenging. It impacts training,
readiness, and operations. Throughout our Army, whether
here or abroad while deployed. And I think we all know
as we stand here today, we are at a critical juncture
in our nation’s history. We are experiencing a
time of fiscal constraint, worldwide uncertainty, and
the continuous evolution of warfare. This is also occurring
while we transition from 13 years of conflict. We’re drawing down the force. We’re confronting emerging
and evolving threats. And Forces Command has and
will play a crucial role in guarding– guiding
our Army into the future. In implementing new
readiness concepts, doctrine, providing
ready forces. All the challenges that
we face are significant. But true leaders
lead dynamic change. Dan Allyn was one
of those leaders. And Mark Milley is another
one of those leaders. Dan Allyn has commanded FORSCOM
brilliantly during the past 15 months, providing expert
vision, care, and leadership. Whether generating forces in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan,
whereas we stand here today, we have nearly 30,000 soldiers
standing in harm’s way. Or to the Pacific Theater
to Africa, or to Yukon. Dan’s efforts to
provide capability to our combatant commanders
has been on target, on time, for every mission when needed. Dan has also
realized and started to drive home the importance
of the total force. Training and building
interoperability, while improving our
multi– expeditionary. And are able to uniquely
tailor themselves to meet whatever future
requirement our nation might need. Dan’s experience on
command at every echelon and in nearly every
formation of our Army, to include light airborn,
mechanize, ranger, and combined joint formations. Whether it be in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Panama,
Grenada, these experiences position him well
and given the right background to be the 35th Vice Chief
of Staff for the Army. The challenges of the Pentagon
require candor, patience, team building, and
a thorough knowledge of the joint Army and
inter-agency framework which we’re going to have
to operate in the future. It requires strong,
but balance leadership. And it requires
commitment and character. This is why Dan
Allyn will flourish as the Vice Chief of
Staff for the Army. Debbie, I want to thank you
for your lifetime of support and dedication. You’ve been unwavering
in your support of our soldiers, their
families, and every duty station where they’ve lived. The Fort Bragg will greatly
miss the compassion and care you provided. By all the volunteer
work you’ve done, whether it be with Girl Scouts,
Army Family Advocacy, the Red Cross, YMCA. You’ve done just so much. And you’ve done this while being
a great mom, and a great wife. So thank you so much again. As Dan and Debbie move
to the nation’s capital, FORSCOM and Fort Bragg
have the privilege of welcoming Mark and
Hollyanne Ann Milley. Like Dan, Mark Milley has
commanded every echelon and brings with him a
wealth of experience. Most recently Mark has served as
a Commanding General, three [? Corn ?] Fort Hood, where he
led soldiers in Afghanistan as a Senior
Operational commander. His hard work and
decisive leadership exponentially improved
the Afghan Army. And has prepared them as they’ve
taken over full responsibility. And more recently,
Mark has led Fort Hood through the trials
of a recent tragedy. Both him and Hollyanne
united a community, and brought hope and assurance
to soldiers and their families. And they both provided
a great example to command teams and
families across our Army on how you lead during
difficult times. Hollyanne has served
as a registered nurse for more than 30 years,
while still finding time to volunteer thousands of
hours to clubs, organization, and spousal groups. She’s an incredible
role model for all with her strength,
kindness, and selflessness. Hollyanne, thank you so much
for all that you’ve done, of what I know you’ll
continue to do to support here this great community
here at Fort Bragg. Mark distinguished career
service brings him back to Fort Bragg, where he
began as a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne
Division in 1981. Welcome back, Mark. Ardennes Street has probably
changed a little bit since then. As well as the
rest of Fort Bragg. After his first assignment, he
deployed to Egypt and Panama, to Haiti and Bosnia, to
Iraq and Afghanistan. And as I said earlier, he’s
led at all levels of command from company to core. He has an acute understanding
of the requirements of our combatant commanders,
of the capabilities they need. He also understands the
program and processes that it will take to make sure
our Army meets those needs. Mark is the absolute
right officer to lead this great
command, and I know that he will help us to
meet the uncertainties that we face. Your time at FORSCOM will be
both challenging and rewarding. Maintaining
sustainable readiness, in the face of force
and budget reductions. Developing an effective
total force policy. But I believe this is a time
where we will reach forward, and once again people will
understand the importance of this great army of ours. Great vision and energy. But most of all, your great
leadership that’ll help guide our soldiers
every single day. –who’s ever known. And as you know we are
incredibly fortunate to have incredible men and women–
–themselves to the mission. It is our duty as senior leaders
to ensure they are prepared– –and we must provide them
the leaders who are competent, who are committed
to their mission, and demonstrate the
right character. And Mark, I know
you understand this. And you’ll do all you– within
your power to achieve success. Best of luck to
you and Hollyanne, to the great
soldiers, civilians, and– –great day for our Army
as we take a step forward. I’m blessed to be here. And I’m blessed to
be in the presence of such great soldiers. The strength of our
nation is our Army. The strength of our
Army is our soldiers. The strength of our
soldiers is our families, and that’s what makes
this Army strong. Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen,
General Daniel B Allyn. Don’t worry, Mark. I’ll get this lowered
for you, since I know you are about as
vertically challenged as I am. Good afternoon, and
welcome family and friends to United States Army Forces
Command at Fort Bragg. What a gorgeous day here at
the center of the universe. Gorgeous defined as about 10
degrees cooler, a little less humid, and a little less
likely for an afternoon shower. Thank you for being
here and for sharing in this big day with Team
Milley and Team Allyn. General Odierno,
Chief and Linda, thank you for your
kind words and for your decisive
leadership of America’s Army during this historic period
of transition and change. General Milley, Mark, I want to
again welcome you and Hollyanne back to Fort Bragg. And while many
parts of this post have changed since
your last tour here, I’m sure you’ll find
Team Bragg’s warrior ethos an expeditionary
spirit as strong as ever. I share the chief’s
welcome and sentiment– –of public officials, other
distinguished guests, command sergeants major,
non-commissioned officers, soldiers, and civilians, of
Forces Command and the Team Bragg community. Thanks for your team’s service
and dedication to our Army. To the community leaders of the
Cape Fear reef– –you inspire. Debbie and I are grateful
for your partnership, your friendship and for
your continued support to our Army and locally here,
to the Fort Bragg community. The Army Ground Forces
Band, the Salute Battery, and the Color
Guard, as always you represent all of Forces
Command magnificently. Along with the thousands
of dedicated soldiers who fill the ranks of our
Army, many currently serving in harm’s way an Afghanistan
and other dangerous places around the globe. Most– –our soldiers,
civilians, and Army families. Truly they are the strength
of our nation and our Army. They make the sacred honor
of leading a pure joy. They continue to bear the
brunt of the nation’s service with grace,
humility, confidence, and professionalism. Debbie, it all started
for us here at Fort Bragg. And 29 years, two
wonderful children, and numerous
adventures later, you are still the very
best of Team Allyn. Thank you for the time,
care, and compassion you’ve given, straight
from the heart, to our Army families and scores
of teammates across the United States and beyond. On this, our
anniversary, thank you for an epic run, with another
chapter about to begin. Above all, thank
you for saying yes when we got connected on that
blind date for the first time. And for every yes since. And for every shared
incredible experience. I could not and would
not be here without you. To our daughter,
Danielle, just returned from another
internship in Africa, your example is an
inspiration to us all. Selfishly we’re glad you’re
back home in Carolina. And to our son,
Joshua, up north, preparing for Phase Three of
the campaign against the dean at West Point, your journey
towards a soldier’s life continues to inspire. You both continue to make
us proud beyond words . And Debbie’s mom,
who continues to be all in as the consummate
Army wife and mom, and to [INAUDIBLE] Ranger
Pete, stay and overwatch. Dad, the drain is about to get
really tough for this ranger, so stay on point. While this ceremony is
a change in leadership, it also tightens our focus
on the command’s mission, to provide ready and responsive
forces for our nation. It is a charge that demands the
utmost from all who keep it. Our army is blessed with this
FORSCOM team, active, reserve, and National Guard, and
civilian professionals who keep this charge and
deliver each and every day, without pause. In the face of
economic uncertainty, this team helped mitigate the
substantial risk to readiness through innovation within
available resources. Buffering the impact on
our soldiers, civilians, and families. This agility built our
readiness posture in 2014, and has postured us to increase
that readiness into 2015. We’ve operationalized the Army
strategy, develop and mentor agile leaders, prepared
for the challenges of the uncertain global
security environment. To meet the critical need
for leader development, this team made the Army’s
leader development resources across the total force
accessible to support the innovative work
of our commanders across the total Army. Our leadership focus is simple,
develop leaders of character, and competence will follow. Over the past year, this team
strengthened relationships among all Army components. Building momentum to achieve the
Army total force policy vision. Working with counterparts
in the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve,
our commanders focused on multi component
and multi echelon training at our combat training
centers and all our culminating training events. The unit partnerships under
way across the total force are building habitual,
geographically based, and mutually supportive
leader development training and readiness
gains for our Army. Thanks to the great teamwork
of Lieutenant General Charlie Cleveland and the United
States Army Special Operations Command. Our conventional and
Special Operations Forces interdependence
get stronger daily, as we maximize
the mutual benefit of every possible
training repetition with realistic and
challenging scenarios. The FORSCOM team and its
exemplary primary staff delivered this and more. And I’m thankful for the council
and friendship of our Deputy Commander’s Chiefs, our
irreplaceable Command Sergeants Major, and all
who serve and lead this incredible team
of professionals. To our exemplary
leaders, and particularly the exceptional military
and civilian leaders across the FORSCOM staff,
thanks for your hard work, incredible dedication,
and the inspiring example you provide across the command. I owe you a debt I’ll spend a
long time trying to buy down. But as we know, our
progress depends on the hardworking
soldiers and civilians who develop and produce the
plans, policies, and programs that keep our units
trained and ready, and to keep our Army running. Our success as a team
is a direct reflection on the outstanding
efforts and leadership of our cores, divisions, and
brigades across all components. They achieve because
they are professionals. They achieve because they,
along with the fine soldiers they lead, understand the
implicit requirements that accompany the defense
of this great nation. These elements continue to
train and deploy, to conduct operation in Afghanistan,
the Balkans, Africa, Jordan, the Republic of Korea, and
scores of vital regions in desperate need of
security and stability. Their daily achievements reflect
admirably on the championship caliber professionalism
of our Army. General Mark Milley will lead
this team to the next level. A proven leader in
combat and at home, General Milley stands with
clear eyes and steady hands. Leading through adversity
with rare resilience and uncommon courage. Mark brings the
optimal combination of intellect, personality,
and vision that will elevate this team
to mission success. And its a good thing, because
I’ve heard the next Army Vice is going to lead really
hard on Forces Command. Also, rumor has it, he’s
quite the hockey player. So KK, you better alert
the Garrison Commander not to consider the hockey rink as
a bill player for future budget cuts. We’re currently in a
unique, albeit fleeting, period in history where we
can influence real change in our Army. We recognize that our Army
strength is its people. Our critical advantage
remains the commitment, competence –will
sustain our daily walk, define us as we apply
them and assure our legacy to those who follow. 2015 will bring challenges. However, all members
of the team are united in the shared commitment
to deliver decisive land forces to the joint team. So as Debbie and I move
on to what is next, we’re thankful that Mark and
Hilly Ann Milley are here to build momentum
with Team FORSCOM. To serve as FORSCOM’s
Commanding General is a singular, humbling honor
that can never be duplicated. On behalf of the Allyn family,
we thank you and we wish you all the best in the
endeavours that lie ahead. Freedom’s Guardian, Army
strong, freedom six ancient. Out. And for expressing your
confidence and trust and support in me
to take command of what is, I think, the Army’s
most significant and most important, the command that
I’ve been in the entire time I’ve been in the Army. So thank you sir. -most days remain silent. But I will tell you
that General Lindsey was a personal inspiration to
me as a Second Lieutenant, and he remains an
inspiration, not only to me– And as a lot of old
friends that traveled, and those of you in
the promotion ceremony, I singled some of
you out by name. I’ve got friends there from
high school, distant past, teammates from
college hockey days. High school friends from college
football– or high school football. I’ve got my roommates
from college are here. Lots of family, NCO– –when
I was in fifth group here. Ranger school buddies,
like Tony Thomas are here. Fellow company commanders. I’ve got some of my
friends who have served with me over the years
in the 7th Division, the 10th Mountain Division–
–is the Deputy Commanding General of FORSCOM. But thanks to all
of you, I’m not going to single you all
out by name right now. But thanks to all of you. I know some of you
traveled a great distance. I think the furthest comes
from Calgary, Canada. Calgary, Alberta. But thanks to all of
you for– None of this would be happening without
your continued support– –of America’s
only armored corps. And that was a
great experience . And then one afternoon
General O called me. And he said, congratulations. You going to go– –that. But I will give it all
my get– all I have, served sir, for you, and for the
Army, for all of the soldiers. And I pledge to YOU my heart,
my soul, and my sacred honor for the United States
Army and in this command. And I will live up
to your expectations. And I can say that on behalf
as of Major Schroeder, as well. It’s here at Bragg that I
began my career as a platoon leader in the 82nd, and then
later as a special forces team leader. And it’s here at Bragg that I
have so many fond memories . And really, it’s hear
at Bragg that I fell in to love with the two loves
of my life– Hollyanne– And I have nothing but great
memories from Fort Bragg, and the Milley family is
really excited to be back here. I also want to thank the great
military and civilian staff of Forces Command, all those
in the surrounding communities in the Cape Fear region
that have welcomed Hollyanne and I, and Peter and Mary
over the last several– And Deb and Dan Allyn,
what do you say to a guy that you’ve been with
since we were lieutenants on Ardennes Street? And yes, Ardennes
Street has changed. But what hasn’t
changed is Dan Allyn. Dan Allyn was the
best lieutenant in the entire 82nd
Airborne Division back in the early ’80s, and
I could tell you right now, he’s the best General we got. So thanks, Dan, for
be a lifelong friend. Thanks for your service,
for your sacrifice, and doing a great
job here at FORSCOM. And I have no doubt
that you’re going to be one of the greatest
Vice Chiefs of Staff that our Army has ever had. The greatest thing about Dan
going to be the Vice though, is he’s going to
bring some balance. It’s about time we got
some balance up there, at the big Army. So as you know, General Odierno
has been a long, lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. Now we’re not sure why that is. Perhaps he’s from northern New
Jersey, or something like that. But finally, we’re going to get
a member of the Red Sox Nation up there in the Head Shed to
add a little bit of balance. So thanks, Dan, for doing that. And it’s a great honor to be
reunited once again with Scott Schroeder, and his wife, Marla. It’s only been a couple weeks
since I said goodbye them at Fort Hood. But really what
he is in my mind, is the epitome of a great NCO. He’s a personification of what
it means to be a Sergeant, and he is– Army today. So thanks, Major,
for doing and what you’ve done throughout
your entire career, and doing what you doing
here at Forces Command. And over the past 13– –Forces
Command, United States Armys– 80%, 90%– –Iraq–
–operations around the world. And there are people
out there today who tell you– –wars
can be fought and won– –from the– –publicly
I’ll say it under oath, I’ll say it any day of
the week, they are wrong. Wars are fought
where people live and people live on
the Earth’s surface. And wars are won by
Armys, Marines, Navy SEALs, in the mud, on the
earth, and closing with, and destroying the
enemies of our country. And they are won by tough,
hard, resolute professionals. And that’s the job
of Forces Command. It is our job to train, to
mobilize, and to provide those forces to
our nation’s wars. It is our job to
provide superbly led, lethal, adaptive
leaders, in this job of defending our country, and
defending our constitution. And to General O,
and to our nation, I guarantee you that Force–
–who storm the beaches in the assault waves at
[INAUDIBLE], at Saipan, at Tinian, and Iwo Jima with
the fourth– –service . It is them that taught
me service to the nation. It is them who
taught me hard work. It’s to them, my mother, my
father, and all the families of our soldiers, that I pledge
my honor, my soul, my blood, my sweat, and my tears,
to make sure that not a single soldier– –Hollyanne,
the lights of my life, Peter, and my daughter Mary, who
drove 1,300 miles, Peter did. From Texas to here. And my daughter, who flew
all the way in from Alaska last night. To you, you are a great
example of an Army family. Thanks for your
service and sacrifice over so many years,
so many schools, and so many deployments. You all continue
to make me proud. And to all of FORSCOM. You make me proud
in all the policies, and existing orders
remain in effect. Army strong. Freedom’s guardian. Retire the colors, sir. Ladies and gentlemen,
please rise for the departure of the
colors, and the singing of the Army song. [MUSIC PERFORMED] Ladies and gentlemen– –and
join us in the FORSCOM lobby to congratulate General
and Mrs. Milley, and enjoy refreshments
in the joint atrium. Thank you for attending
today’s ceremony. Freedom’s Guardian.

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