"As the nation enters a time of budgetary pressure, the Army National Guard has been aggressively structuring itself to meet 21st century challenges. Diminished funding is a reality, even in the midst of a dynamic global threat environment. Despite this, the Army National Guard remains resolute and committed to the defense of the nation… a pledge we have honored since 1636. Following more than a decade of conflict, the Army National Guard is now an operational force; highly trained, experienced and professional. We are flexible, responsive and ready to take on a wide array of missions. It follows that, for the good of the nation, we must preserve the proficiency we have gained over the past decade. With this in mind I have identified five strategic imperatives for our organization. This is our way forward. Pursuing and attaining these essential goals will shape our decisions, channel our actions, determine our future… and ensure our continued operational excellence."
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