This September, we send kids back to school and close out fiscal year 2016, after paying tribute to the American workforce on Labor Day. Hard work is a hallmark of the American spirit, and I am so proud of the PEO EIS team’s hard work every day in support of our Soldiers and our Nation.
As Americans, we observe Patriots Day every September 11, as we are collectively called to remember the sacrifice of our fallen heroes on September 11, 2001, and of the many brave Americans called to serve and protect in the wake of the terrorist attacks. At PEO EIS, we never forget who we are serving and why, and we continue to pray for the safe return of those still serving in harm’s way.
This September also marks the thirteenth annual observation of National Preparedness Month. The Army is committed to the safety of all Americans, on the home front and worldwide, and is teaming with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to stand ready to respond to any crisis. The responsibility of preparedness falls to each and every American to develop a solid plan and secure our safety and the safety of our loved ones and colleagues, so don’t wait—communicate, and make your emergency plan today.
From September 15 through October 15, we honor Hispanic and Latino Americans during National Hispanic American Heritage Month. The U.S. Army values the contributions of American Soldiers with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Hispanic Americans have a rich history of military service. The Army and the Nation draw strength from the diversity that makes up America’s melting pot. Throughout the month, PEO EIS will feature Hispanic American members of our workforce in our Workforce Spotlights in celebration of the group’s heritage and culture.
Last month, PEO EIS was visited by the Army Acquisition Executive, Honorable Katharina McFarland, who toured the headquarters at Fort Belvoir, receiving demonstrations from the teams representing our diverse portfolio of programs. Now as always, PEO EIS truly connects the global Army, supporting every Soldier, everywhere.
To learn more about how PEO EIS is supporting the global mission, please be sure to see PEO EIS CIO Manish Patel speak at AFCEA NOVA’s 9th Annual Warfighter IT Day as part of a panel of DOD experts discussing acquisition and emerging IT, procurement opportunities, challenges and successes. The event is keynoted by DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen, and features many other IT leaders across DOD. We are engaged with our stakeholders and industry at many events each month—you can find upcoming event details, as well as photos and slides from recent events, on our website at www.eis.army.mil. Please also remember to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @PEOEISPAOffice.
In closing, I ask you all to take a moment out of your day on September 11th to remember those lost and to recognize the sacrifices of those who have served our Nation in the 15 years since 9-11. Thank you for the service that all of you provide in support of our American servicemen and women every day, and may God continue to bless you and your families, the men and women of our Armed Forces, and this great Nation.
Terry Watson, PEO EIS