PEO Perspective April 2017
On March 9, I participated in a panel discussion on delivering the equipment and network to enable the force at the AFCEA Army Signal Forum in Springfield. CECOM Commander MG Bruce Crawford moderated the panel, which also included colleagues from IEW&S, C3T, CERDEC and RCO. It was an exceptional event with a focus on readiness, future force, personnel management and security in a changing environment.
Next month, PM DCATS and PEO EIS G-6 Manish Patel join me on panels at the annual C4ISRNET Conference May 3 in Crystal City. The panels will discuss SATCOM at the tactical edge, network sustainment for communications on the move; and cyber . I will also be speaking at the RFID Journal Live Conference May 10 in Phoenix, Arizona, and will be joined by PL AMIS Jim Alexander.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and I join other Army leaders in taking an active role in advancing the Army's efforts to stop sexual assault and harassment. During this month, we reaffirm our commitment to eliminate sexual assault within the Army, support victims and inspire bystander intervention. EIS works to ensure that the team enjoys a safe, productive and equitable workplace and feels empowered to speak up.
April is also Month of the Military Child. This month we spotlight members of our workforce who grew up in military families. I think you'll enjoy their surprising spotlights, which will give insights into the unique experience of growing up as a military child from the adult perspective - and from members of our workforce who chose to continue the tradition of service that their parents began. Look for these spotlights throughout the month on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
On April 5, we pay special tribute to our Gold Star Spouses, whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. Military families play a critical role in supporting the Soldiers protecting our freedom. We are indebted to their service and sacrifice.
This month, we also celebrate the 109th birthday of the Army Reserve. The Army Reserve was founded April 23, 1908, when Congress authorized the Army to establish a Medical Reserve Corps, the official predecessor of the Army Reserve. Since then, Reserve Soldiers have participated in every major military campaign. Today, more than 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers serve around the globe, instrumental to the preservation of our freedom.
With so many opportunities for recognition this month, I hope you will join me in thanking all of our nation’s service members, our military families and children, and the civilians and contractors who support them in their missions. Please know that your hard work serves a higher purpose and helps protect the freedoms we all hold dear, and it is my honor to serve with you and lead this organization.BG Patrick W. Burden