Gen. Odierno: Starting a Dialogue-Why I Chose to Serve

This is an exciting and important time to be a Soldier.  Together, we are shaping the future of the force today, in a time of challenging fiscal constraint, and as we execute important missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the globe.

Gen. Ray Odierno's father, Raymond J. Odierno

As Chief of Staff of the Army, I’m committed to engaging in a constant dialogue with you – our Army Soldiers, Civilians, and Families.  As part of that effort, I am initiating this blog.  I hope it will serve as a forum where I can share information about our Army, and in which you can ask questions and share your opinions and experiences.

I thought it fitting that my first post be made in honor of Veterans Day.  As you go about your day, be sure to take a few moments to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that our uniformed men and women have made, and continue to make for us.

Gen. Odierno's Father-in-Law, Karl Burkarth

As I reflect on my own 35 year career in the Army, I think back on what called me to serve.  I was influenced by my father’s service in the Army, and my father-in-law and uncle’s service in the Navy, and I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps in service of this great Nation.  I’m proud to say that my son has also served in the Army.  Today, I honor their service, as well as that of each and every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coastguardsman past and present.  I thank you all.

In coming weeks and months, I will use this forum to address a whole host of topics of importance to our Army today.  If there are questions or issues that you’d like to hear from me on, feel free to let me know. I can’t promise that I’ll address your particular issue, but I can promise I’ll consider it.  I look forward to reading about what’s on your mind and dialoging on important issues.

Together, we are Army Strong!

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff of the Army

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