Viewpoint 2/ Guardian Oct. 4, 2019 In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “What is the one thing you have always wanted to do and why?” To the Army team, It is a great honor to serve along- side you as your 24th Secretary of the Army. Over the past two years, I witnessed firsthand the dedication and sacrifices our Soldiers, civilians and Families make every day de- fending our great nation. Thank you for your hard work and continued service. Despite significant leadership transition across the Department of Defense recently, the Army has re- mained focused on its missions in support of the National Defense Strategy. Continuity of priorities and leadership focus is critical to achieve the 2018 Army Vision, which pro- vides the strategic framework for guiding the Army into the next decade. Therefore, the Army’s priorities — readiness, modernization and reform — are not changing. The Army has increased its tacti- cal readiness drastically, and now we will expand our focus to improve strategic readiness — our ability to mobilize, deploy and sustain the force. We must maintain a sustain- able level of readiness to meet cur- rent demands while executing an ag- gressive modernization strategy to ensure the Total Army remains the most lethal ground combat force in the world. The Army must modernize today or we could lose the next war. We will remain focused on delivering the 31 signature systems our cross- functional teams are developing in support of the six modernization pri- orities and ensure we can employ them the day they show up. To achieve this, we are integrating modernization efforts across doctrine, organizational de- signs, training models, leader devel- opment, personnel systems, facilities and policies. Furthermore, the Army cannot maximize its modernization strategy without the Cloud, which is the backbone for artificial intelligence. On reforms, the Army will continue to ruthlessly prioritize resources and divest legacy programs through “Night Court” sessions, so we can scale new capabilities for low-rate initial production. Most importantly, we must do all of this while taking care of our peo- ple. The Army fights and wins with cohesive, disciplined teams. We will reverse the negative trends in sui- cide, sexual assault and sexual ha- rassment that tear at the fabric of our formations. To do this, we have to change our Army culture to become better team- mates. Teammates know each other, mentor each other and help each other through diffi- cult times. Leaders at all levels must build cohesive teams and get to know their people to address challenges before they manifest into larger problems that degrade unit ef- fectiveness. I will work shoulder-to-shoulder with my teammates, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Sergeant Major of the Army, to take care of our people, sustain readiness gains and build irreversible momentum in our modernization efforts. Through teamwork, the U.S. Army will re- main the most lethal, modern fight- ing force in the world. Army Strong! Secretary of the Army addresses Army readiness By RYAN D. MCCARTHY Secretary of the Army Commentary Kofi Kyereme: "Finish my master’s degree be- cause I want that achievement before I retire in the next couple of years." The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. 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