The All-Volunteer Joint Force is our Nation s decisive advantage. Those who serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America are the source of our unrivaled strength. The talented men and women of the Joint Force are resilient warriors who volunteer to fight and fight again. In the years to come, our Joint Force will face several challenging transitions. We will transition from war, but in the context of an increasingly competitive security environment. We will transition from abundant to constrained resources. And, many Service members and their families will transition into civilian life. Any one of these would be difficult. All three together will test our leadership at every level. We will pass this test. I am determined that we will stay ready now, be ready for the future, renew our commitment to the profession of arms, and always honor our families. I will put the weight of my personal effort behind realizing these critical efforts.