By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Since 1950, our nation has recognized Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May. On May 16th, we honor the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at Fort Leonard Wood who embody the highest American ideals through their commitment to service above self.
The Show-Me State’s own President Harry S. Truman designated Armed Forces Day to give citizens the opportunity to unite and honor service members for their dedicated service.
From Iwo Jima to Operation Inherent Resolve, our nation’s armed forces have consistently made us proud by defeating our enemies and defending the freedoms we cherish. In unprecedented times, America counts on its military to win on every battlefield, whether physical or ideological, tangible or intangible. Winning matters more than ever as we continue to fight abroad before returning home to equally important stateside missions.
President Truman once said, “Men make history and not the other way around . . . Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” This Saturday, take a moment to thank the men and women whose leadership is changing our military, our nation and our world for the better.
Service members, your inspiring courage, determination and steadfast commitment to this noble profession is appreciated. Thank you for your service during this unprecedented time.
We are proud to serve with you!
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.)