Email from Acting Secretary of the Army – 1/27/16

Army Team –

Wanted to provide another quick update. When writing last, I mentioned traveling that afternoon to Dover Air Force base for the dignified transfer of SSG Matt McClintock, an NCO killed during a firefight with the Taliban while coming to the aid of another. I met with his wife Alli and 3 month old son Declan and let them both know their Army family will always be there for them – and that Declan would know his Daddy was one of our Nation’s heroes. I called Alli today to let her know Matt was posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit and PT with some great Soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston. They definitely smoked me – but it also gave me a chance to experience our PRT (Physical Readiness Training) and to even call a little cadence. I saw firsthand the great work of our brigade embedded behavioral health teams – and their success ensuring our Soldiers’ physical and mental readiness. I also met with industry leaders who are partnering with our Soldier for Life program – an initiative highlighting Soldiers as leaders of character even after they transition and hang up the uniform. Lastly, we had a great opportunity to hold a town hall for Soldiers and Family members from First Cav before their rotation to South Korea.

Looking forward to getting out there and engaging with you all soon.

Keep up the great work – we’re so proud of the difference you make every day – including the 2300 National Guard Soldiers who responded to those stranded and in need of help during Winter Storm Jonas.

Army Strong! – Patrick

Acting Secretary of the Army