The Army Strategy for the Environment “Sustain the Mission – Secure the Future”
The United States Army has long recognized that our mission is only accomplished because America entrusts us with its most precious resources – its sons and daughters. It is our obligation to ensure that our Soldiers today – and the Soldiers of the future – have the land, water, and air resources they need to train; a healthy environment in which to live; and the support of local communities and the American people.
The new Army Strategy for the Environment: Sustain the Mission – Secure the Future establishes a long-range vision that enables the Army to meet its mission today and into the future. Sustainability is the foundation for this Strategy and a paradigm that focuses our thinking to address both present and future needs while strengthening community partnerships that improve our ability to organize, equip, train, and deploy our Soldiers as part of the joint force.
Sustainability connects our activities today to those of tomorrow with sound business and environmental practices. We have learned over the past decades that simply complying with environmental regulations will not ensure that we will be able to sustain our mission. We must strive to become systems thinkers if we are to benefit from the interrelationships of the triple bottom line of sustainability: mission, environment, and community. To sustain the future Army we must implement effective policies and practices that safeguard the environment and our quality of life in a manner that our nation expects of us.
The Army Strategy for the Environment does not pretend to dictate all the answers. It is only the starting point that commits Army leaders at all levels to certain goals and challenges them to develop innovative methods to achieve these goals. Achieving the vision outlined in this strategy will require a deep and personal commitment from every member of the Army team – every leader, every Soldier, every civilian, and every family member. For the Army to be successful on its quest toward sustainability we must all do our part to Sustain the Mission, Secure the Future!