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Commander's Corner: Mountain Tough ‘IS’ Ready and Resilient

Stephen J. Townsend<br />Major General, U.S. Army<br />Commanding<br />
Stephen J. Townsend
Major General, U.S. Army

August marks the start of our Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign.

Over the past 13 years, 10th Mountain Division Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members have endured and overcome the stress of repeated deployments into combat, demonstrating a resiliency that sets them apart and makes them the epitome of “Mountain Tough.”

It is this resiliency that gives us the mental, physical and emotional ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, and to recover, learn and grow from the experience.

Everyone has their own level of innate resiliency, and we are all toughened by the training and experiences of Army life. Still, there are skills that can be learned to better equip us in dealing with life’s many challenges.

A famous general once said, "the best form of welfare for the troops is first-class training.” Resiliency is a trait and active skill that can be learned and improved upon over time through proper training and incorporated into all aspects of our personal and professional lives.

Resiliency is not only important on the personal level; it is also important on the unit level and has a direct impact on mission readiness.

Each of us must be physically and mentally prepared and tough – physically tough enough to withstand fatigue and physical demands, mentally tough enough to deal flexibly with change and able to think and act during emergencies, and resilient enough to deal with any situation – on or off duty.

In recognition of this month’s campaign, I encourage all of us in the 10th Mountain Family to take personal inventory and assess what we can do to improve our personal and unit readiness and resilience.

10th Mountain Soldiers, Civilians, Family Members and retirees are – Fit for Duty, Fit for Life, Fit for the Climb!


Climb to Glory!


Stephen J. Townsend

Major General, U.S. Army



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