The Monitor • June 14, 2007 • 33
Army Chief of Staff discusses plans for ‘way ahead’
U.S. ARMY, EUROPE what they’re doing for their countries.”
PUBLIC AFFAIRS His advice to Soldiers preparing to
Army News Service deploy, he said, is to pay attention to
HEIDELBERG, Germany – Gen. their training.
George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of “At the small-unit level, success in
staff, called the U.S. Army in Europe’s Iraq and Afghanistan, much like suc-
mission “an important part of our cess in any conflict, is grounded on
overall Army effort” during a stop at effective standards and discipline in
Grafenwoehr June 1, part of a theater- the small units,” he said. “We are get-
wide visit to talk to troops about the ting better and better in ... replicating
“way ahead” for the Army. the environments that these Soldiers
During a three-day sweep of U.S. are going into, and if they take full
Army, Europe, Gen. Casey, accompa- advantage of the training that they’ll
nied by his wife, Sheila, visited get here (in Grafenwoehr and
Heidelberg, Baumholder, Kaiser- Hohenfels), I think they’ll be quite
slautern, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, successful.”
Schweinfurt, Kosovo and Landstuhl The chief of staff also addressed the
Regional Medical Center. recent increase in deployment tour
During a press conference in length. He said there were three pri-
Grafenwoehr, Casey outlined his ini- mary reasons for instituting 15-month
tiatives, which he said are designed to deployments: first, to give the com-
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sharpen the focus on transformation manders more flexibility; second, to
Gen. George W. Casey Jr., answers questions at a brief press conference
efforts: held in the headquarters of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training
give Soldiers and families predictabil-
• Accelerate growth and readiness Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. ity; and finally, to ensure deploying
improvements in the Army; brigades had sufficient training time at
• Increase support to Soldiers and staff of the Army when we began this preparing Soldiers for conflict, as the home station.
Families; transformation effort, and so I bought war on terrorism nears the end of its Sheila Casey, in a separate inter-
• Maintain continuity and momen- into the basic correctness of the direc- sixth year. view, said spouses across the Army
tum in modernization; tion of that effort four years ago. So “I can tell you that the Soldiers that have told her frequency and duration
• Enhance the reserve components' you’re not going to see any sharp I’ve seen across the Army, a lot of of deployments is a top concern.
operational capabilities; right- or left-hand turns in the direc- them preparing to go back to Iraq or She said her central message to the
• Refine the Army’s institutional tion the U.S. Army is headed in its Afghanistan, understand what’s at Soldiers, spouses and family members
policies and programs to better serve transformation.” stake here for the United States and of U.S. Army, Europe, is, “Hang in
an expeditionary Army at war; and Casey, who in February completed for our allies,” he said. “I must say, I there. This is tough, I know it’s tough.
• Improve the Army’s strategic 32 months as Multinational Force-Iraq saw it on the ground in Iraq every day: I know these extended deployments
communications. commander, said Army transforma- the young men and women of the are hard. Thank you for everything
He added, “I was the vice chief of tion is closely tied to operations and coalition, they get it. They understand you’re doing each and every day.”
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