Odierno publishes Waypoint #2 – Strategic priorities for the future Army 


Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, presents coins to soldiers assigned to the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Odierno said the strength of the nation is our Army, our soldiers and our Army families. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nicole Hall)

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

In my first year as the Chief of Staff, I published "Marching Orders" to outline my intent and priorities for sustaining our high-quality, All-Volunteer Army and to describe my guiding principles and the fundamental characteristics of the future force.

Last year, I published Waypoint #1 to highlight our progress of Army initiatives, programs, and modernization efforts and to guide our efforts in 2013.

This year, we are publishing Waypoint #2 to articulate my vision and strategic priorities for the Army in the years ahead.

As we look to the future, the All-Volunteer Army will remain the most highly trained and professional land force in the world. It is uniquely organized with the capability and capacity to provide expeditionary, decisive landpower to the Joint Force and ready to perform across the range of military operations to Prevent, Shape, and Win in support of Combatant Commanders to defend the Nation and its interests at home and abroad, both today and against emerging threats.

To accomplish this strategic imperative, we will focus on five strategic priorities:

Adaptive Army Leaders for a Complex World

A Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army

A Scalable and Ready Modern Army

Soldiers Committed to Our Army Profession

The Premier All-Volunteer Army

Waypoint #2 describes each of these five priorities in detail and orients the force to the actions we must take to transition the Army for the future.

Every day, I am honored to represent the 1.1 million Soldiers, 255,000 Department of the Army Civilians, and 1.4 million Family members of the U.S. Army.

As I travel to visit Army units worldwide, I see first-hand how our Soldiers serve with the competence, commitment, and character our great Nation requires of us.

Every segment of our community has volunteered to serve the Nation and each of them has been essential to our success.

As we look to the future, I thank you for your dedication to making our Army the best in the world.

The strength of our Nation is our Army

The strength of our Army is our Soldiers

The strength of our Soldiers is our Families

And that is what makes us Army Strong.

(Editor’s note: A copy of the "CSA’s Marching Orders: Waypoint #2" can be found at http://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/)