As we prepare for the Fourth of July, Debbie and I are excited and humbled to rejoin the Fort Bragg team – the center of the military universe. We know fully how fortunate and blessed we are to serve the Fort Bragg community and we appreciate the incredible talent and commitment of our leaders, servicemembers and supporting community, who all make this place so special.

As the home of the airborne and special operations community, we’re grateful to serve and lead our nation’s finest, highly-disciplined Soldiers, their loyal Families and professional civil service civilians.  We look forward to continuing Fort Bragg’s prestigious legacy of providing physically fit, mentally sharp, battle-tested troopers and units to answer our nation’s call.

I look forward to serving you as the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commanding general.   Debbie and I pledge to continue enhancing this community of excellence for troopers, Families, and civilians so that we remain ready to deploy on a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world.

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the American way of life and commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, signifying our freedom as a nation.  While this holiday is typically observed with parades, picnics, Family gatherings and barbecues, we also remember the origins of our beloved Army and those first brave and selfless patriots who made possible the freedoms we Americans enjoy today.

As our warriors ethos states, “I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade.” Our Army was founded and is still guided by these enduring principles that make the U.S. military a symbol of strength and beacon of inspiration around the world.

We still have more than 11,000 Soldiers deployed from Fort Bragg, working tirelessly to defend democracy, alleviate human suffering and keep America and our interests safe.  This July 4, let us remember the courage and commitment of our Soldiers currently in harm’s way and our Families who dutifully sacrifice at home. I encourage us all to safely treasure and celebrate this time with Family and friends.

Debbie and I wish you a Happy Fourth of July! Thanks for all you do to serve our great country here at Fort Bragg, home of the airborne and special operations.

— Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn