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Letter from the editor.

WHEN the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it took a bold step, but also placed grave responsibility on its new Army. Poorly trained and ill equipped, Revolutionary Soldiers were losing on many fronts and would soon have to abandon New York. But the Army held together for five more years and, through tough times, made it possible for America's founders to create a new form of government.

Today's Army continues that tradition of working through tough times to secure peoples' freedom. Examples in this month's issue are "Iraq's Rough Riders," SGT Lorie Jewell's account of the dangers faced by a convoy security team that includes Soldiers and Marines, and "A Friendly Patrol," SSG Raymond Drunsta's look at Army civil-affairs efforts in Iraq. Other stories in the issue focus on Army missions, but also check out COL Randy Pullen's "Father and Son: Citizen Warriors," a salute to Medal of Honor recipients President Theodore Roosevelt and his son, BG Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

July 4th celebrations mark the start of many family vacations and PCS moves. We here at Soldiers wish you a safe and happy summer. And to those who are deployed, we thank you and wish you a swift and safe return to your homes and families.
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Title Annotation:Letter from the Editor
Author:High, Gil
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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