American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2012 – The military’s top commissioned and noncommissioned officers have joined forces to urge service members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his senior enlisted advisor, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, recorded a video message for distribution throughout the Defense Department.
“Throughout history, the men and women of our Armed Forces have fought to protect and defend our constitution, including our right to vote,” Dempsey said in the message. “Voting is indeed democracy in action, and it defines, in no small part, what it means to be an American.”
Battaglia emphasized that service members have every opportunity to vote. “Whether overseas or at your home station, absentee ballot or the polling station, voting has never been easier for you and your family,” he said. “And we strongly encourage each of you to exercise your right. If needed, your unit voting assistance officer stands ready to help.”
Dempsey noted that even as service members participate in the election, their mission remains unchanged.
“As we cast our ballot and leaders are elected, we will all continue to proudly serve with loyalty and honor,” he said. “It simply reaffirms our dedication and trust as members of this great profession. Thank you for your service.”