Commentary

July 5, 2012

Lead 7 Sends – July 5, 2012

By Command Sgt. Maj. Lance P. Lehr
NTC and Fort Irwin Command Sergeant Major

Practically every day since 9/11, particularly this time of year, men and women, strangers, stop Soldiers to thank them for their service.

Memorial Day, Flag Day, The Army Birthday, Independence Day……the past month or so has provided our country with many opportunities to celebrate, decorate, honor those who serve and demonstrate patriotism.  Many would define a “patriot” as a member of America’s all volunteer force – the less than one percent of our countries population serving today; those who have raised their right hand and swore an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States.

Something that I’ve come to realize is that service to our country isn’t limited to those who wear or have worn this uniform.   Those whom we fight for and whose freedoms we defend are patriots as well.  Our families, extended families, friends, neighbors and children are also patriots.  They too serve.  They support their Soldiers serving here and fighting abroad and support our Families while we’re deployed.  They represent the strength of our Soldiers, and like our Soldiers, they demonstrate selfless service – putting the needs of others before their own, every day.

While our Soldiers are honored and receive accolades at numerous events and ceremonies this time of year, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the “patriots” in our community, both in and out of uniform.  Your service to our nation, our Army, our community, and our Soldiers is tremendous and very much appreciated.

Thank you for your service and continue to serve!  You are the strength of our Soldiers.

 

“LEAD TRAIN WIN”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office

The biggest challenge ever!

Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office Staff Sgt. Jimmy Toun, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment food service sergeant, arm wrestles MasterChef star Gordon Ramsay after the filming of the biggest cooking challenge in the five ...
 
 
Col

Thrive while you’re here, feel proud after leaving

If you’ve recently arrived to the National Training Center and Fort Irwin – welcome! And if you are departing to serve at another great duty station – feel proud of having contributed to the mission of maintaining and str...
 
 
Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office

Deputy commander riding off into retirement

Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office Wayne Taylor rides on the way to a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans ceremony at Fort Irwin. Taylor, an avid rider, rode his Harley in the motorcycle procession through the installatio...
 

 
Road_impact_map

New hospital construction to impact roads July 7-20

  Traffic flow and road accessibility will be impacted on some roads of Fort Irwin, July 7-20. Signs will inform motorists of 1) Local traffic only access. 2) Local traffic and hospital only access, and 3) Intersection wil...
 
 
Cake_cutting_DFAC1

Taking care of business since 1775

National Training Center and Fort Irwin command team Maj. Gen. Ted Martin (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers (left) cut an Army birthday cake at Fort Irwin, June 11. Cutting with them is Pvt. Austin Heiser, of 2nd Sq...
 
 

Be aware of heat injury signs

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. During extremely hot weather the body’s ability to cool itself is affected. This happens when the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin