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June 2023

Happy 248th Birthday, U.S. Army!

This month we celebrate the Army Birthday. For 248 years, the United States Army has remained dedicated to fighting and winning the Nation’s wars. We are grateful for all those who have served, whether in the active component, National Guard, or Reserve, you answered the call to defend and support America against both foreign and domestic challenges. Our Department of the Army civilians and contractors are also vital parts of the Army team who wake up each day ready to support our warfighters by any means necessary. Together we all celebrate the birth of something bigger than ourselves — our all-volunteer force. On June 14, we commemorate all who have answered the call to service since the Army’s founding in 1775.

This month we also celebrate Juneteenth, which dates back to June 19, 1865, when more than 250,000 enslaved people in the state of Texas, were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. AMCOM is hosting the Team Redstone Juneteenth observance on June 21st at 10 a.m. in the Bob Jones Auditorium. 
Don’t forget to let your voice be heard by taking the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Launched in May, the annual survey is your opportunity to share your perceptions in many critical areas including your work experience, your organization, and your leaders. The survey will close on June 30th, so please use your link to share your thoughts.

Finally, this is a reminder that while we had a very cold winter and a very chilly spring, the summer temps have arrived in Alabama, and with them comes an increase in outdoor activities. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Army’s 101 Critical Days of Summer Safety campaign reminds us to focus on safety when participating in all types of summer activities. Be sure to hydrate before, during and after extended periods of time outdoors, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a life jacket when out on the water. Summer is the Army’s deadliest time of year for mishaps, so playing it safe is critical to having a good time.

Thank you for who you are and what you do! 

Be all You Can Be!

Maj. Gen. Tom O’Connor Jr.,
AMCOM Commanding General

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