CSA holds town hall in Hawaii

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers gather in the Sgt. Smith Theater to voice their concerns and ask questions of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, who wrapped up his visit to Schofield Barracks by holding a town hall. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers gather in the Sgt. Smith Theater to voice their concerns and ask questions of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, who wrapped up his visit to Schofield Barracks by holding a town hall. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno hosted a town hall meeting with Soldiers, civilians and family members of U.S. Army-Hawaii, or USARHAW, at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, Feb. 12.

Odierno addressed USARHAW Soldiers with an overview of the Army’s future and stressed the importance of the mission in the Pacific theater.

“The work that you are doing here is very important, specifically the 25th Infantry Division,” Odierno said. “You provide us the capability to respond in a variety of ways, whether it’s humanitarian assistance, response to disasters or responding to an unforeseen threat.”

Tropic Lightning Soldiers were concerned with how the downsizing of forces and numerous budget cuts will effect future operations of the force.

The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno visits Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to tour the 25th Infantry Division and the Lightning NCO Academy to see the capabilities and operability of the Tropic Lightning Soldiers. He finished the tour by holding a town hall meeting with Soldiers in the Sgt. Smith Theater to discuss the concerns and issues of Soldiers and family members. (U.S. Army photo)

The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno visits Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to tour the 25th Infantry Division and the Lightning NCO Academy to see the capabilities and operability of the Tropic Lightning Soldiers. He finished the tour by holding a town hall meeting with Soldiers in the Sgt. Smith Theater to discuss the concerns and issues of Soldiers and family members. (U.S. Army photo)

“We have an environment that’s decreasing our budget, and that’s a problem we have to continue to deal with,” Odierno said. “I have to make sure we develop the best Army possible within the means that we are given.”

Odierno said each of our services brings unique capabilities to the fight, but the strength of our Army is with the U.S. Soldier. Competent, committed Soldiers with a character living the Army values ensure the trust of the American people.

“Our dependence is on Soldiers,” Odierno said. “We are about delivering human capacity to solve problems around the world.”

The chief of staff also emphasized the importance of leader development.

“The one advantage I believe we have over other countries is our leaders,” Odierno said. “We can’t rest on where we are today; we have to continue to increase the capabilities of our noncommissioned officers and officers.”

“It’s our responsibility to develop Soldiers in such a way that they are capable (of) solving complex problems on the ground,” Odierno said.

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