The United States is a Pacific nation, with our country's political, economic and security interests increasingly bound to this dynamic region. On duty in the Asia-Pacific since 1944, Eighth Army's enduring presence has long signaled U.S. resolve to support our regional allies and deter potential adversaries.
Readiness is our number one priority. Eighth Army conducts armistice operations along three lines of effort that create Readiness: Training, Strengthening the Alliance, and Transformation. We must never forget that Korea is not at peace, and Eighth Army remains prepared to "Fight Tonight" - daily. This means we will train to the highest levels in the most challenging conditions while maintaining our equipment readiness above the Army standards.
Critical to the success of our mission is the strength of the Alliance. Eighth Army will work with our ROK counterparts at an unprecedented level, sharing lessons learned, and combining our formations to achieve a truly lethal partnership. However, it is our relationship with the Korean people that serves as the foundation of the ROK-U.S. Alliance. Our units, Soldiers, and Families ensure this bond grows stronger every day through their behavior and interactions both on and off duty. Their activities directly support the success of our mission on the peninsula. The Good Neighbor Program is one venue that provides every Soldier, Civilian employee and Family member an opportunity to nurture the Alliance.
Eighth Army will shift the majority of its force to two enduring hubs in the coming years in a deliberate and disciplined manner that never compromises our ability to Fight Tonight. Transformation is more than simply the process of moving our existing combat force south. Transformation enhances our Readiness by providing rotational forces, new capabilities and innovative ways to fight in this complex environment.
"America's Boots on the Ground in Asia" - Eighth Army today stands ready to defend our national interests and those of our allies whenever called upon. We are the embodiment of our Army's military professionalism and ready to "Fight Tonight."