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Transcript of the Chief of Staff of the Army's Remarks to Soldiers Radio and Television

The following message from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki was delivered September 14, 2001, in conjunction with Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White's message to soldiers:

As the Secretary has described, on the 11th of September, there was a horrifying attack against the United States, against our people, against our property, against our sovereignty.

But it was more than just an attack against the United States, it was an attack against all who embrace the principles of peace and freedom and democracy.

The Secretary and I would like to ensure you that we're OK here in the Department. We're up and operational and our (communications) get better every day. We are caring for our injured. We are accounting for our missing.

As the Secretary has indicated, the Army today released the names of 74 of our friends and colleagues who are unaccounted for. We are in pain. We are angry.

We'd like to remind you that we want you to remember that you're the field Army. Nothing's changed. Your missions are as assigned. And we expect you to be trained and ready each and every day.

And as the Secretary has also indicated, President Bush has declared this the first war of the 21st Century. Well, so be it.

Our non-negotiable contract with the American people is to fight and win the nation's wars, decisively.

And I say again, we expect you to remain trained and ready. Respond quickly and professionally when called.

Finally, the families and loved ones of our colleagues who are unaccounted for are in pain. Now is a good time to reach out, embrace them, provide them the support they need.

Thank you for what you do to make this Army the magnificent Army that it is. Take care of each other. Be safe. God bless each and every one of you. God bless the Army. God bless America.

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