By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Our country observes Armed Forces Day each year on the third Saturday in May. On May 20, 1950, the first official Armed Forces Day was championed by President Harry S. Truman as a day for citizens to unite and honor our military members for their patriotic service.
Saturday, we will honor those Americans who presently wear our nation’s uniform — the men and women on their way to the battlefield, returning home, or working important missions stateside.
President Truman once said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and the unbeatable determination to complete the job at hand.”
This Saturday, please take a moment to thank those men and women who stand ready to defend and exemplify the strength of our nation.
To our military members, you continue to inspire and “lead the way” through your courage, determination, and steadfast commitment to this noble profession.
On Fort Leonard Wood, we have several quality-of-life programs offered by USO, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Army Community Service that provide support to our Service members and their families.
We are proud of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who serve and train here at Fort Leonard Wood, and we greatly appreciate the support our team of teams receives from the local communities which make the area a great place to live and work every day.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)