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Four-star Gen. Gustave Perna, commander U.S. Army Materiel Command, delivered the keynote speech at the Black History Month observation hosted by U.S. Army Recruiting Command Feb. 24, on Fort Knox, Kentucky.
4-star general: Black History Month is time to look ahead

By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
February 28, 2017

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Black History Month is not only a time to reflect on the past, but also a time to look forward into the future, according to the commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command, who spoke at the annual observance here Feb. 24.

Gen. Gustave Perna, the keynote speaker for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command-hosted event, said one of the best ways to secure the nation’s future is through education.

“It’s about the way we treat people every day,” Perna said. “It’s about the way we do things when nobody is watching; it’s about the lessons we teach our children, because they’re the ones who will pay it forward. I don’t care what law is passed or what we say on TV, at the end of the day, all that matters is how we treat each other.”

If the United States wants to remain the greatest country in the world with the greatest army in the world, Perna said, it must be diverse.

“We must bring the best people to do what we do,” Perna said.  “It’s not about race, religion or sex; it’s about having the best person standing next to you in the foxhole.”

Black History Month, also known as National African Month, celebrates the achievements of African Americans and recognizes the roles they have played in American history.

To learn more about African Americans in the U.S. Army, visit https://www.army.mil/africanamericans/.


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