Editor’s note: Below is the full message to the Army community about recent events at the U.S. Capitol signed by Mark A. Milley, general, U.S. Army chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; John E. Hyten, general, U.S. Air Force vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; James C. McConville, general, U.S. Army chief of staff of the Army; David H. Berger, general, U.S. Marine Corps commandant of the Marine Corps; Michael M. Gilday, admiral, U.S. Navy chief of naval operations; Charles Q. Brown Jr., general, U.S. Air Force chief of staff of the Air Force; John W. Raymond, general, U.S. Space Force chief of space operations; and Daniel R. Hokanson, general, U.S. Army chief of the National Guard Bureau.
The American people have trusted the Armed Forces of the United States to protect them and our Constitution for almost 250 years. As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civil authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building and our Constitutional process. We mourn the deaths of the two Capitol policemen and others connected to these unprecedented events.
We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law.
The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.
As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oath; it is against the law.
On Jan. 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th commander in chief.
To our men and women deployed and at home, safeguarding our country-stay ready, keep your eyes on the horizon, and remain focused on the mission. We honor your continued service in defense of every American.
Editor’s note: Below is the full message to the Army community about recent events at the U.S. Capitol signed by Michael A. Grinston, sergeant major of the Army; James C. McConville, general, U.S. Army chief of staff; and Ryan D. McCarthy, secretary of the Army.
The violent riot at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 was an attack on the U.S. Congress and our Constitutional democracy. Since the Nation’s founding, the United States Soldiers and civilians have committed themselves to safeguarding democratic ideals while adhering to civilian authority by swearing an oath to support and defend the Constitution. We defend the rights of every American, and we protect the roles of our institutions of democracy. We remind all Soldiers and civilians to uphold the Army’s apolitical standards.
Democratic elections are a constitutional right, and the military has no role in determining their outcome. The nation expects all members of the United States Army to follow the law and do the right things the right way, whether we are in or out of uniform. To maintain the sacred trust of the American people, it is important that all those who represent the Army, in any capacity, remain models of professionalism, character and integrity.
The Army is steadfast in its role to defend our nation, and our National Guard Soldiers continue their mission to support local law enforcement security efforts. We want to thank you for your commitment to the Army values as we remain stewards of our profession during these challenging times.