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Soldiers Celebrate the 239th Army Birthday

COL Mike Tarsa, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, spoke to Soldiers during an Army birthday celebration June 12 about the theme for the 239th Army birthday saying, "This year's theme for the Army's Birthday is 'America's Army: Our Profession.' ... Three things define leaders across the Army. You have to be a person of character, you have to be competent, and you have to be committed".

COL Tarsa continued discussing the Army Profession and the Army Values finishing off by exclaiming, "Happy birthday to the Army. HOOAH!"

Read the full article by SGT Eric Glassey: Let them eat cake: Troops celebrate Army birthday

Celebrating the United States Army's 239th Birthday

Celebrating the United States Army's 239th Birthday

"America's Army: Our Profession"

Today the United States Army celebrates 239 years of dedicated service to our Nation. It is fitting that we pause to acknowledge the incredible competence, the enduring commitment and the extraordinary character of our Soldiers, Civilians, Veterans and their Families who have sacrificed so greatly in defense of American values.

Read the full tri-signed letter here: 2014 Army Birthday Tri-Signed

Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers

In the March-April 2014 edition of Military Review LTC David Cushen, LTC (Ret) Joseph Doty, Ph.D., and COL (Ret) Patrick Toffler wrote an article titled Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers.

The aim of the article "is to clarify what it means to be a leader of character and to recommend a holistic approach to developing such leaders in each of our [nation's] sources of commissioning". The article touches on many different topics including how leaders are "expect[ed] to be Trustworthy" and how "Trust is gained and sustained through the consistent demonstration of character, competence, and commitment".

Read the full article Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers

Character, Competence, and Commitment Essential to the Army Profession

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler recently visited Fort Bliss to talk to Soldiers, listen to Soldiers and their families, and visit the training sites.

During his time at Fort Bliss SMA Chandler spoke to a group of Warrior Leader Course students. SMA Chandler discussed the Army Profession saying, "You can't be a professional as a non-commissioned officer -- you cannot say you are a professional, 'that no one is more professional than I,' if you are not willing to be a person of character and commitment. Everyone in here is a competent person, I wholeheartedly believe that," he continued. "But I'm not sure as an Army that we understand competence is not the most important thing. It is important, but it is only as important as character and commitment."

Read the full article by Master Sgt. Kelly McCargo: SMA Chandler to Bliss Soldiers: Character, commitment, competence essential to Army Profession

Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion

In case you missed it Col. John A. Vermeesch, currently the Deputy Director of CAPE, wrote an article for the September-October 2013 edition of Military Review magazine titled Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion.

The U.S. Army spent the last two years studying and debating what it means to be a profession and what qualifies individuals as professionals. It worked to maintain its professional status as an institution and avoid becoming just one more government bureaucracy. However, the critical task that lies ahead requires the Army to identify the future threats to the profession and safeguard against them. This article tackles that task. It identifies challenges to the Army Profession in 2020 and beyond, and makes recommendations to overcome them. The primary threats to the Army Profession in the next decade are the erosion of the American people's trust combined with identity corrosion among Army Professionals.

Read the full article: Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion