DoD Response to Coronavirus

  

 

SD-CJCS-SEAC Virtual Town Hall, May 28, 2020

 

 
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley on Coronavirus
 

“We are at war. It’s a different type of war, but a war, nonetheless. And we are the United States military and we will prevail in this war, both as a nation and as the Armed Forces.”

''This is not the first challenge the United States has ever faced. This is not the first war we've ever been in...We will get through this through solid leadership, caring for our troops and keeping focus on the mission."

"We are committed to the health and safety of you and our families...We are the world's finest fighting force and it's because of you. Keep your eye on the mission and take care of yourselves and each other."

“The impact on uniformed military is very minimal...We are also preparing to help--Whatever the nation needs...We're able to support other agencies, as necessary, and as required by the President and Congress."

"[Taking care of soldiers and families is] one of the top priorities of the secretary of defense, it's one of the top priorities of all of us in uniform, it's one of our solemn responsibilities to take care of our soldiers and families and we intend to do that. And we'll provide whatever assistance is needed to them."

"Here in the United States, we are making all due preparations to protect our bases, camps and stations and also to act in support of Health and Human Services. So we've got lots of capabilities, medical capabilities, housing, and so on, so forth that if required and directed by the secretary of defense we'll do our part."

Joint Staff Surgeon Brig. Gen. Dr. Paul Friedrichs on Coronavirus
 

“Not only do we have an obligation to the health of our service members and to their families, we also have an obligation to preserve our ability to do our military mission and to our communities in which we have bases.”

"The immediate risk to our force remains low. We’ve had a handful of cases worldwide--No one is seriously ill and everyone who has been diagnosed has been appropriately treated or getting the care they need."

"The current confirmed cases are low and we want to keep those numbers low by implementing common-sense mitigation efforts. These practical measures can have a significant impact on controlling the spread of COVID-19."

"Every individual has the responsibility to implement these basic measures, including social distancing measures in the workplace and frequently wiping down surfaces."
 

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"For years, [we] have had a very robust research and development program looking at viral illnesses. Our labs have been working on vaccines, and we are partnering with [Health and Human Services] and CDC on developing vaccine candidates."

 

   


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Chairman Milley's Key Focus Areas
  • Sustain our values. 
    American values have made us strong for two and a half centuries, and we will never waver in our commitment to the U.S. Constitution.
     
  • Improve joint warfighting readiness. 
    We must be ready 24-7—that is our contract with the American people. We will also continue to work closely with our Allies and partners to improve our collective security and protect our common interests.
     
  • Develop the Joint Force of the future. 
    We will modernize our military through innovative concept development, advanced technology, and new capabilities.
     
  • Develop and empower Joint Force leaders.
    The future operating environment will place new demands on leaders at all levels. Our leaders must have the training, education, and experience to meet those demands.
     
  • Take care of our people and families. 
    They are our most precious asset. We must always keep faith with them.

    *Read his initial message to the Joint Force on his first day as Chairman*

 

Chairman's Focus on Global Integration

“The Joint Chiefs of Staff, in view of their global responsibilities and their perspective with respect to the worldwide strategic situation, are in a better position than any single theater commander to assess the risk of general war. Moreover, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are best able to judge our own military resources with which to meet that risk.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Omar N. Bradley in 1951 to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Learn more about global integration and how it informs decision making for the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense and supports the National Defense Strategy.

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Joint Staff History

On Jan. 26, 1950, the Chairman's positional flag was displayed for the first time in Gen. Omar Bradley's office.

Gen. Bradley, the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led the effort to have a unique flag designed for the position. The shield on the eagle's chest includes 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies. The blue stripe on top of the shield represents Congress joining the colonies in unity. The eagle holds three gold arrows in its talons for the Army, Navy and Air Force and the four stars represent the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The placement of the stars on a diagonal line is intended to represent all three services. In Army and Air Force flags, stars are placed in a horizontal center line while in Navy flags, stars are placed in a vertical center line.

Gen Omar Bradley in his office with his Chairman positional flag

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