(July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.
Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the commission's meeting there Thursday. The commission was formed by Congress to determine how the Army should be designed to meet future threats. Among its many issues is the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative that would take all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard.
"One of the things that struck us all initially was just the complexity of the task that has been outlined for us," Ham told The Daily Herald. "And while the issue of the Apaches is kind of the issue that seems to grab everyone's interest, I think most of us on the commission would say that actually it's the longer-term issues—the size of the force mix, the roles of the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve—that actually are more complex."
Ham, who once commanded U.S. Africa Command, is slated to speak in September at the 137th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition, in Nashville, Tenn.
The commission has held public meetings near Washington, D.C., and in Fayetteville, N.C., as it gathers information for its report to Congress due next February. They have spoken to members of all Army components, along with civilian leaders.
"While there are many different views and opinions, everybody . . . has the same interest," he told the newspaper.