Army Chief of Staff

U.S. Army Gen. James C. McConville 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va, July 26, 2019.

ARLINGTON – I am honored to serve as the 40th Chief of Staff of the United States Army. It is an incredible privilege to lead the world’s premier fighting force, made up of the nation’s greatest men and women.

Our Army – active-duty, National Guard and Reserve – is the best-trained, best-equipped and best-led land force ever to take to the field. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the joint force, allies and partners to protect our interests and uphold our shared values.

Our Army serves to defend the nation. When we send the Army somewhere, we don’t go to participate. We don’t go to try hard. We go to win because that matters. We win by doing the right things, the right way.

People are always my No. 1 priority. The Army’s human element is its greatest strength and our most important weapon system. Our people are Soldiers, family members, Department of the Army Civilians and Soldiers for Life (retirees and veterans). We must take care of our people and treat each other with dignity and respect. It is our people who will deliver on readiness, modernization and reform efforts.

We will focus on readiness. Amy leaders have a sacred obligation to build cohesive teams that are highly trained, disciplined and fit to win on any battlefield. Cohesive teams drive tactical to strategic readiness and enable dynamic force employment. We must be ready to defeat any adversary, anywhere, whenever called upon, under any condition.

Modernization is a must. The 2018 National Defense Strategy directs the Army to shift focus from irregular warfare to great power competition. We are at a critical infection point and must aggressively pursue the Army’s modernization efforts in order to maintain our competitive edge. Modernization must include developing the multi-domain operations concept at echelon, delivering the six modernization priorities, and implementing a 21st century talent management system.

Reform is vital. We cannot be an Industrial Age Army in the Information Age. We must transport all linear industrial age processes to be more effective, protect our resources, and make better decisions. We must be the Army of tomorrow, today.

It is our duty to provide the nation a professional, lethal and decisive force that will win against any of our adversaries. I thank you and your families for the service and sacrifice. I am proud to serve alongside the nation’s best.

People First - Winning Matters - Army Strong!