Secretary of the Army kicks off first leg of Pacific tour

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) thanks Pfc. Kyle Foster, a Soldier wounded while deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and recovering at TAMC, for his service to the country.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) thanks Pfc. Kyle Foster, a Soldier wounded while deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and recovering at TAMC, for his service to the country.

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The Pacific area of responsibility, the fifth largest AOR in the world, is important to the U.S. Army — despite the fact that much of it is surrounded by water, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

“Look at all the water throughout the Pacific, and you tend to think Navy,” McHugh said. “The fact of the matter is, not all of the nations with which we engage or wish to engage (with) have navies — but they all have armies.”

McHugh engaged with military leaders and Soldiers throughout Hawaii during the initial leg of his tour through the U.S Pacific Command, here, June 2-4. He visited the U.S. Army-Pacific Headquarters at Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, U.S. Pacific Command’s Headquarters, Special Operations Command-Pacific and Joint POW-MIA Command.

“Seven of the 10 largest armies of the world are located in this area of responsibility,” he said. “I see the U.S. Army’s role in the process of searching for peace to be absolutely critical.”

While at TAMC, McHugh visited wounded warriors and hosted a special luncheon with Soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Battalion.

“It’s always a moving opportunity to talk with wounded warriors,” McHugh said. “They lifted my spirits with their courage and their determination. And the courage with which they face the challenges before them is just breathtaking.”

The next stop on McHugh’s tour is U.S. Army commands and Soldiers in Japan and the Philippines.

McHugh is the 21st Secretary of the Army and has held the position since Sept. 21, 2009. He has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the U.S. Army, including manpower, personnel, Reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications and financial management.

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