17 August 2021
Soldiers, Civilians, Family members and Soldiers for Life:
Over the past two decades, you have answered the call to serve our great Nation when needed. The sacrifices you’ve made, have and will be a lasting legacy of honor and commitment for all to remember.
As we all reflect on the events of this past week in Afghanistan, I want you to know how much I appreciate your service and your sacrifice and I could not be more proud of what you have accomplished. We have Soldiers presently supporting combatant commanders around the world and I know that you will continue to serve with honor and valor when called upon.
The attacks on September 11, 2001, reminded us of the true strength of our Nation and our military. You are a reflection of what makes us the best Army in the world and I ask that you remain committed as we work to get through this tough time.
In the next few days and weeks, I’d ask that you check in on your teammates as well as our Soldiers for Life, who may be struggling with the unfolding events. We will continue to move forward and serve our Nation with honor and dignity.
James C. McConville
General, United States Army