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The first thing I would like to say as your new command sergeant major is to bid a fond farewell to CSM Scott C. Chunn, a great Military Intelligence (Ml) warrior. His many distinct contributions to the MI Corps the last three years will continue to have an impact on our Corps through the transformation process.

I am delighted to introduce myself as your new MI Corps Command Sergeant Major and to share my view of the Ml Corps' future. Until my recent selection as your CSM, served in troop units both in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside CONUS (OCONUS), most recently as a brigade CSM. Throughout my career, I have had both a personal and professional desire to serve at the center of the Ml community, but honestly believed an assignment to Fort Huachuca would come as an instructor, a first sergeant, or a battalion CSM. That said, I feel honored to serve as your CSM.


I believe in "Duty, Honor, and Country" and that this belief will propel our Army and Corps forward into the 21st century. Our soldiers embody the Army values: Loyalty. Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Our fundamental values are those we as soldiers live and die by. It would be an impossible task to choose which of the Army values is the most crucial; I would say all seven share equal importance for they all make soldiers what they are today. My top priority is to lead, develop, and care for our soldiers and their families as well as to have a positive influence on everyone with whom I come in contact. We in our Army and Corps have two basic responsibilities: the mission and the welfare of our troops. I support the Sergeant Major of the Army in guiding our Army back to the basics--we have to get back to traditions, customs, and courtesies, and I would encourage you all to read and have our soldiers read our oath of enlistment.

We MI professionals working in the Army have all sworn or affirmed to this or a similar oath. We all are volunteers and during this transformation, we will continue to shape this Army and our Corps to remain the best in the world.

The 21st Century MI Corps

At no time in my career has the future of the Ml Corps or its place in our Army been more important or clear. Our clearly defined path is the ongoing Army Transformation: developing a force that is responsive, deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable, and sustainable. The Army's transformation goal will ensure the Army fulfills its strategic responsibilities, continuously meeting the requirements of the National Military Strategy. To this end, the Army will meet its goal through continued focus in three areas: people, readiness, and transformation.

People. Ml's investment in the Army is in its soldiers and civilian workforce, contractors, and surrounding communities. Ml soldiers span the spectrum from the Active Component through the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. They serve worldwide, providing intelligence to tactical-, operational-, strategic-, and national-level commands. We work with the best and brightest soldiers our Army has ever known. They are intelligent, highly skilled, motivated, and fiercely loyal to our nation. Family members, communities, local employees, and dedicated contractors all support Ml soldiers.

Readiness. Our Ml Corps and community stand ready to support both warfighters and decision-makers at all levels. Throughout the world, our soldiers are in place and contributing to the readiness of our Army. From Korea, Southwest Asia, the Balkans, Colombia, and elsewhere throughout the world, our nation's readiness is stressed by the complications of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, narco-trafficking, and organized crime, to name just a few. The Ml Corps is at a high state of readiness, whether it is the Ml National Guard battalion providing intelligence support to Task Force Eagle in Bosnia, the Ml soldier serving in Korea, those serving with joint or combined commands, our Ml soldiers providing intelligence to national-level agencies, or those serving in CONUS or OCONUS, in both Active and Reserve status.

Transformation. The transformation process is moving our Army and Corps forward into the 21st century; it relies solidly on Ml soldiers to enable a survivable and lethal force. Essential to transformation is the current Legacy Force, which sustains our Army and stands ready to fight and win our nation's wars. Next is our new Interim Force with the initial and interim brigade combat teams (IBCTs). Fundamental to the IBCT is a new Ml force structure, ready to employ and respond to immediate operational needs and enable the strategic deterrence that will provide the National Command Authority with real and viable options. These Ml soldiers will move forward with the Army to become the Objective Force, enriched by new and enhanced intelligence systems better capable of contributing fast-paced intelligence and analysis to crucial commands at the right time. The Army's science and technology programs, supported by our Army civilians, acquisition program managers, and industry representatives will both sustain and improve [C.sup.4]I (command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence) systems such as--

* All-Source Analysis System (ASAS).

* Aerial Common Sensor (ACS).

* Couterintelligence/Human Intelligence Automation Tool Set (CHATS).

* Integrated Meteorological System (IMETS).

* Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).

* Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT).

* Prophet.

Each product improvement to our crucial systems, combined with new technologies, will allow Ml soldiers to provide the decisive indicators that focus our Army for success.

Final Thoughts

I am very excited to be your CSM during the historic changes that will occur with the Army's transformation. Ml is poised for success because of you and soldiers like you. However, as much as the Army transforms, it remains the same--it stays the same in the sense that the individual remains the crucial element of our success. The key to success with soldiers remains the same: take care of soldiers, set and enforce tough demanding standards, treat each soldier with dignity and respect, and support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

We are a great institution, a great army, and a great corps. Let us take care of each other and our families. You train hard, you die hard; you train easy and die easy. Peace needs protection.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and fend the Constitution of the United States against all domestic; enemies foreign and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and that I will obey the orders of the President dent of the United States and orders of the officers appointed over me, according the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
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Author:Haubrich, Lawrence J.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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