FORT CARSON, Colo. - This week the Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark Esper paid a visit to The Mountain Post.
It's Esper's first visit to Fort Carson since taking the position.
Esper said his goals are readiness, modernization, and reform of the branch.
"Our mission is to deploy, fight and win," Esper said.
Esper shared his early morning with the 4th Infantry Division on Twitter, trying out the new physical fitness test.
It's a piece of those goals, and implementing the DOD's "Deploy or Get out Policy."
"We play away games and that means when the alarm goes off, everybody needs to be able to get on that plane or get on that ship and deploy," Esper said.
Esper said a few years ago, 15 percent of the Army could not deploy, not it's down to six percent.
"I think the 4th Infantry is doing even better than that," Esper said. "So I'm very pleased where we're going and I think soldiers understand what's required."
Another big push under the current administration is to get the military equipped to handle any fight.
Esper said funding from Congress has helped make that a reality.
"2019 was particularly good because not only did we get sufficient funding, but on time, prior to the fiscal year," Esper said.
But with the election just days away there's a chance Democrats take the majority in Congress which could make funding for the military decline.
"Going forward I make no assumptions or presumptions about what happens, but I will tell you the armed services, the Army, has typically enjoyed bi-partisan, bi-cameral support from the Congress," Esper said.