Acting Army chief lays out key priorities in memo

By Dan Schere / August 17, 2023 at 2:44 PM

Acting Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George, who awaits Senate confirmation for the permanent position, says warfighting, combat readiness, transformation and discipline are his key priorities.

In a memo circulated to the service, George wrote the ability to “deliver and sustain ready combat power” will be a “critical element of warfighting.”

“This means ensuring that we have the right infrastructure, industrial base, sustainment framework, and Soldier and Family support to project the force and ensure that it is resilient,” he wrote in the memo.

George also emphasized the need to continuously transform the Army when it comes to fighting, equipping and organizing.

“We will learn and evolve so that we can build a force that is leaner, more mobile and more lethal across every domain,” he wrote.

George was nominated by the Biden administration in April to be the next chief, and assumed the role in an acting capacity following the retirement of former Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville this month. George’s confirmation in the Senate remains on hold due to Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) blockade of more than 300 military nominees due to his objection to the Pentagon’s leave and travel reimbursement policies for servicemembers seeking abortion services.