Commanding General Selected Speeches

 

LTG Caldwell speaks at the IMS Badge Ceremony.

 
On 7 October, LTG Caldwell spoke at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on the release of "Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction".
 
U.S. Institute of Peace "Guiding Principles" Preview
The ambiguity and comlexity of the future security environment require leveraging all elements of our National power with a shared vision, goal, and understanding...understanding that FM 3-07 and "Guiding Principles" now provide.
Remarks As Prepared
Download "Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction"
Download FM 3-07: Stability Operations

 

 

LTG Caldwell speaks at the IMS Badge Ceremony.

 
On 22 September, LTG William Caldwell spoke to the Infantry War Fighting Conference at Fort Benning about Security Force Assistance.
 
Infantry War Fighting Conference (IWFC) 2009
"Security Force Assistance: A Change in Mindset"

As practical problem solvers, we have to know what this version of success looks like on the ground. What are the conditions that have to be established for the desired end state for successful security force assistance? Our doctrine does give us a fair idea of what trained foreign security forces should be able to do.
Be able to provide reasonable security: The Foreign Security Force needs to be able to provide this reasonable security...not us. Their ability to provide reasonable security will go a long way in creating trust with the people they protect. The people need to see their security force providing security.
Be founded on a rule of law: The key in this bullet is - all rule of law. This rule of law may not look exactly like ours and it probably shouldn't. The cultural context will have an impact on what this looks like and how it applies, however; their ability to counter corruption will be tied to long term success and legitimacy of the government.
Be sustainable: In getting to this doctrinal - Point B from the - Point A of here-and-now reality, it is ultimately the Afghans...who must win the fight. We cannot and should not defeat the Taliban for them. It has been said, - we have the watches...the Afghans have the time. Time is not on our side. If we fail, the Afghans will have to live with the consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for us to develop the Afghan security forces with sufficient capability to protect their people, their government, and their borders.
Speech As Delivered

 

 

LTG Caldwell speaks at the IMS Badge Ceremony.

 
On 16 July, 2009, LTG William Caldwell addressed the JFMCC Flag Course.
 
 
Joint Force Maritime Component Commanders (JFMCC) Flag Course
What is different about operating in the information environment of the 21st Century?
  • Today's environment is evolving as quickly as the battle itself. New adversaries with new - all changing faster than you can hit "back-space".
  • News cycles no longer exist. Information is constantly pumped around the world.
  • Technology has enabled individuals to disseminate information incredibly rapidly through various platforms that have become faster and cheaper.
  • Information is no longer in the hands of a few large newspapers and three T.V. networks. New media has abolished these traditional gatekeepers and their roles as agenda setters.
  • Technology has democratized access to information and democratized the dissemination of information. Now, anyone has the power to create and disseminate information. Powerful search engines cull through terabytes of information in fractions of a second.
Speech As Delivered

 

 

LTG Caldwell speaks at the IMS Badge Ceremony.

 
In his speech at the IMS Badge Ceremony June 11, 2009, LTG William Caldwell recognized a couple of "firsts".
 
IMS Badge Ceremony

"As you all know, this year was a first for many different reasons for this CGSC class...first MMAS earned by a Warrant Officer, first class to present an Interagency Award for Excellence, but most relevant to today's ceremony, as you heard Mr. Fain mention, is the first International Military Student from Montenegro, MAJ Dokovic, bringing our number of representative countries to 155...we are looking forward to continuing an educational partnership with Montenegro for years to come."
Speech As Prepared

 

 

2009 Fire Support Seminar

 
On 3 June, 2009, LTG William Caldwell spoke about leadership to the Fires Center of Excellence.
 
2009 Fire Support Seminar

"For over 230 years the Field Artillery has been making historic contributions to our Nation. Throughout the early years of our country, artillerymen were considered the Army's elite and were therefore paid more than the cavalry and infantry - I'm sure there are a few here that wouldn't mind seeing that come around again. In 1784 when all the Army was abolished except for 80 men, those men were artillerymen...making the artillery the only part of the Army which has been in continuous service since the revolution. Yours is a branch with an amazing history -- you have an innate ability to look forward, produce leaders able to synchronize and deliver lethal fires, and to leverage the non-lethal spectrum in unique and powerful ways."
Speech As Delivered

 

 

LTG Caldwell Speaks at WHINSEC Graduation

 
LTG William Caldwell emphasized leadership when he spoke at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation graduation on May 28, 2009.
 
 
 
LTG Caldwell Speaks at WHINSEC Graduation

"The challenges you will face after graduation, are shared challenges. We can no longer look at violence, poverty, or corruption occurring inside one country's border as isolated events. The countries of the world are inextricably linked. As you all know, the Armies of the Western Hemisphere are in this together. Our successes will not be easy... and they will not be quick. We must demonstrate patience and resolve and together seek solutions."
Speech As Delivered

 

 

What an Army Leader is.

 
During the Armor Warfighting Conference on 13 May, 2009, LTG William Caldwell delivered a speech about developing agile leaders who could effectively confront the challenges inherent in the transition between different types of operational themes.
 
 

"And what may be more important, for our leaders, will be the ability to anticipate and manage the transitions that occur between these - weight classes - that is between MCO and IW or IW and Stability Operations or somewhere in the grey area between these categories. Our adversaries have shown the ability to make these transitions rapidly and use dynamic combinations across the spectrum of conflict in the form of hybrid threats. We must develop leaders capable of meeting these challenges. The Armor branch is no stranger to being agile and adaptive...and leaders in this branch know about transitions. You have leaders that might be in a tank unit in one assignment, in a Hummer as a part of a RSTA in a light infantry unit, or in a Stryker in the next assignment."
Speech As Delivered

 

 

What an Army Leader is.

 
On April 23, LTG William Caldwell addressed a group of engineers at the Manuever Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood. He emphasized the diverse missions engineers are involved with, among other issues such as leadership.
 
 

"We need agile and adaptive leaders broad enough to handle the challenges of full spectrum operations in this era of persistent conflict. These agile and adaptive leaders must be creative and critical thinkers, they must be confident and competent communicators, and they must be capable of operating with a comprehensive approach to meet these emerging challenges. These critical attributes will enable our leaders to contend with offensive, defensive, and stability operations simultaneously…leaders that can integrate combined arms, integrate with host nation forces, and perceptive enough to discern changes in the operational environment in order to anticipate transitions."
Speech As Delivered

 

 

Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp LTG William Caldwell IV says a few words at the Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter chartering ceremony Dec. 14, 2008, at Main Post Chapel, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

LTG William Caldwell addressed the 2011 West Point Class on March 26, 2009. He spoke about the need to develop adaptive leaders among other issues.
 
 
"Thus, our first responsibility remains to master our trade. This is your core competency - to fight and win our Nation's wars. As you prioritize your precious time between studying, physical fitness, personal reflection, and fun these next two years, never lose sight of the incredible sacrifices of so many. Our Soldiers truly deserve your absolute best. YOU are that leader they are looking for."
Speech As Delivered

 

 

Lincoln Lecture Series at the University of Saint Mary

On the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, February 12, 2009, LTG Caldwell talked about discipline, devotion, and avoiding division.
 
 

LTG Caldwell spoke at the University of Saint Mary as part of the Lincoln Lecture Series.

"Despite these attacks, Lincoln remained above the fray. He once quipped, 'If I were to try to read, much less answer all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.' Clearly, this demonstrates again that even in the face of harsh criticism he remained resolute."
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On 11 February, 2009 LTG Caldwell spoke to an AUSA breakfast in Washington, D.C. He focused on how CAC is driving Army change.

On 11 February, 2009 LTG Caldwell spoke to an AUSA breakfast in Washington, D.C. He focused on how CAC is driving Army change.
 
 
LTG William Caldwell explained how three CAC priorities--forming agile and adaptive leaders, fueling a comprehensive approach to operations and fostering a culture of engagement--are changing Army education and training.

"The ambiguity of future conflicts will also require leaders who are creative and critical thinkers who can confidently fight and win our Nations' wars and who do apply a comprehensive approach to warfighting.

So, how are we forming the next generation of versatile middleweight fighters...the creative and adaptive leaders who will guide our Army into the future?"
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What an Army Leader is.

On January 30, 2009, LTG William Caldwell spoke to an audience at West Point about the human element of leadership.
 
 

LTG Caldwell spoke at the West Point Global Leadership Conference. His speech, "Understanding the Human Dimension in an Era of Persistent Volatility," emphasized the need for the Army to develop strong leaders.

"Can we change learning styles in order to speed up the learning process given the number of attributes and competencies we want Leaders to have and the limited time allocated to conduct professional military education and training? Also, how do we foster an environment of self-evaluation and independent learning, where leaders are able to identify their areas of weakness and actively seek opportunities on their own that will help them to improve? "
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Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp LTG William Caldwell IV says a few words at the Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter chartering ceremony Dec. 14, 2008, at Main Post Chapel, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp LTG William Caldwell IV says a few words at the Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter chartering ceremony Dec. 14, 2008, at Main Post Chapel, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
 
 
"Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, said, 'It is for us the living... to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.'"
"That's what we are doing here today. Your dedication to the unfinished work of your sons is unrivaled. You honor your loved ones daily by your work with the American Gold Star Mothers, and we are truly humbled by that devotion."
 
Speech As Delivered

 

LTG Caldwell (left) and LTG Budde, Chief of Staff of the German Army

LTG Caldwell speaks to the graduating international students at CGSC.
 
 
"Without question this college has seen the world's best and brightest warriors pass through its doors. Their participation in our college has contributed greatly to the strength of our alliances and to the professional development of our officer corps. Many of you have, or will fight along side us in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are grateful for your contributions."
 
Speech As Delivered

 

LTG Caldwell (left) and LTG Budde, Chief of Staff of the German Army

LTG William Caldwell speaks to a conference about servant leadership.
 
 
LTG William Caldwell addressed over 80 senior corporate executives from around the country on the principles of servant leadership at a John Maxwell senior executive coaching seminar hosted by GIANT LEADERS in Washington D.C. on 13 NOV 2008
"When this opportunity presented itself for me, I was thrilled. I cannot think of anyone who understands leadership any better than John Maxwell. It is a real honor to be here in DC we are surrounded by monuments to our forefathers and to our brave Soldiers, which set a stage I’m afraid I’m not worthy of speaking from…. yet it reminds us of their leadership, selfless service, and heroic virtue they represent."
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LTG Caldwell (left) and LTG Budde, Chief of Staff of the German Army

LTG Caldwell (left) and LTG Budde, Chief of Staff of the German Army. LTG Budde is a 1983 CGSC graduate and 2005 CGSC International Hall of Fame inductee.
 
 
At the Fall Conference of the European Armies, LTG William Caldwell delivered a speech that focused on developing junior leaders through education, training and organization requirements.

 

"Each month I engage with students at all levels and the prevailing comment is the necessity to continually empower subordinates. Today's complex environment demands senior leaders to delegate to junior leaders more authority while in theater. For Soldiers who have served in theater this is a positive culture and we need to find a way to continue this after redeployment."
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LTG Caldwell CGSC Student Badge Ceremony

 
 
LTG William Caldwell's Question and Answer Session at the Foreign Press Center at the State Department

 

LTG Caldwell answered questions from foreign media with LTC Steve Leonard after the release of FM 3-07, "Stability Operations."

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LTG Caldwell and AMB Herbst

LTG Caldwell and AMB Herbst
 
 
LTG William Caldwell Participated in a Panel Discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

"This [Stability Operations] doctrine is a powerful force for change, crafted through a unique community of practice, ensuring the nation is prepared for the challenges of an uncertain future, an era of persistent conflict where the unflagging bravery and commitment of our civil servants and Soldiers will continue to carry the banner of freedom, hope, and opportunity to the people of the world."

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LTG Caldwell CGSC Student Badge Ceremony

 
 
 
LTG Caldwell introduces ret. Army COL Roger Donlon to the Command and General Staff Students before Donlon gives his Medal of Honor to CGSC for safekeeping.
 

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LTG Caldwell CGSC Student Badge Ceremony

 
 
 
LTG Caldwell delivers a change of command speech at the Wester Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
 

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LTG Caldwell CGSC Student Badge Ceremony

LTG Caldwell's Remarks at the CGSC International Military Student Badge Ceremony.
"I trust that your year at Fort Leavenworth - and the cultural and professional exchange you have experienced - will help you to serve...and will help you to lead your country in a way which respects and enhances the livelihood of others."

"Your badge represents a long tradition. It is a tradition of achievement and of service. You represent the best from each of your armies and you have demonstrated this excellence here."

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LTG Caldwell Fires Seminar

LTG Caldwell Delivers Address at the Fires Seminar - Ft. Sill, OK - June 4, 2008.
"The ability of our young leaders to adapt and be creative just amazes me."
"In previous generations, we had the luxury of having artillery SOPs and contingency plans for templated enemies, but this predictable era no longer exists; we may never have this level of certainty again. There are no longer only military solutions to conflicts - we must embrace a whole of government approach to problem solving. "
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LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

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Don Middleton
 
 
LTG Caldwell's Remarks at the induction ceremony of GEN (Ret) Richardson and GEN (Ret) Franks into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame.
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LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

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Department of Defense photo
 
 
LTG Caldwell provides opening remarks for the Corps/Division "How to Fight" seminar on Monday 22 April 2008.
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LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

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Department of Defense photo
On April 16, 2008 LTG Caldwell addressed students in the Public Leadership Center at Harvard University's JFK School of Government on his thoughts on Servant Leadership. LTG Caldwell also spoke to students in The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy regarding relations between the press corps and the military.
"We are in the people business, so you must get to know your people. Being oriented on people rather than on profit, will set a tone of caring and concern throughout your organization."
"When dealing with derailment and adversity, don't be discouraged. The key is to remain open to discussion and dialogue with those around you. This allows you to stay focused on your goals and the goals of your organization. "
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LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

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Department of Defense
by SSG Kyran V. Adams
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, addresses students at the Defense Information School located on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on April 7, 2008. Caldwell is the Commanding General for the Combined Arms Center on Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., who came to visit DINFOS and speak to students attending the Public Affairs Qualification Course and Joint Senior Public Affairs Course.
"Describing his tour as MNFI spokesman as a "life changing event," Caldwell explained how his perception of both military public affairs and independent media changed. In his current position, which includes responsibilities as Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he passes along key lessons to Army leaders, emphasizing being open and honest, responsive, proactive and relevant in “sharing your story."
"he had heard the phrase strategic corporal in years past, but now strategic private is more appropriate. He encourages Soldiers to share their story, "If not you, then who?"
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LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

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LTG Caldwell Receives the Honorary Rock of the Year Award from the National Rocks Organization
"In that same spirit of service and camaraderie that saw the birth of the original chapter of Rocks at Fort Leavenworth in the mid 1960s known then as the "Blue Geese," I am proud to report our Fort Leavenworth chapter is still thriving under the superb leadership of MAJ David Woods."
"Thank you for choosing me to be the 2008 "Honorary Rock of the Year." This is truly a great honor and I am very humbled to accept it on behalf of all of the fantastic Soldiers I have had the privilege of working with - they are the true heroes."

LTG Caldwell addressing the second Cultural Summit

Photo courtesy Sierra Vista Herald

 

LTG Caldwell addresses the second Cultural Summit in Ft Huachuca, AZ. The summit brings together experts from the Army, DOD, coalition partners, outside organizations, and academia to discuss ways to better train our military members to be culturally astute.
" There is a cultural gap with a people who speak a different language ... have different customs ... and ... religion ... and values. We must constantly contend with a large cultural gap. The key to crossing this cultural gap is through building relationships by developing leaders who are culturally astute."
" Do we want leaders who are students of the world or do we want leaders who wear the uniform and happen to know something about the world? "
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Slide Presentation.

 

LTG Caldwell visiting NYC

Photo by SFC Jennifer K. Yancey
 
 
During a recent visit to New York City, LTG Caldwell addresses the Members of the New York Business Executives for Nation Defense and visits with New York's "finest".
" It has been said that for a well-equipped and well-trained military winning the war is comparatively easy: it is winning the peace that is often very difficult."
" We need a “whole of government” approach in exerting our influence abroad. Our military can set the conditions for success, but they can never win the peace alone."
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LTG Caldwell addressing the Army War College

 

LTG Caldwell delivers the Keynote address opening the New Media and the Warfighter Workshop at the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, 15 Jan 08
"The new media has enabled and empowered the rise of a new enemy… this enemy is not constrained by the borders of a nation or the International Laws of War. This new technology allows them to decentralize their command and control and disperse their elements around the globe. They stay loosely connected by an ideology, send cryptic messages across websites and via e-mail and recruit new members using the same new media technologies. "
"When I was the Spokesman for MNF-I we saw not only the power of the new media in the form of the internet and You Tube videos, but we also saw how adeptly the enemy was leveraging that power. I wanted to get in on the action by posting gun tape video showing the awesome power our military can bring to bear… If you could have seen the bureaucratic red tape I… as a MAJOR GENERAL… had to go through to get authorization to do that. But when it was finally approved and posted, I hear that MNF-I videos from Iraq became one of the top ten videos viewed on You Tube for weeks after their posting. I hear that it is true because I wasn’t actually able to view the videos because we were still restricted bureaucratically from viewing You Tube in theater! "
 

LTG Caldwell pinning Silver Star Awards

-The Fayetteville Observer
Remarks to the 5-73 Cavalry "Headhunters" Ball, Fort Bragg, NC, 29 Nov 07
"You were the smallest unit in the brigade. You were spread the thinnest. You sustained the greatest number of casualties and you were able to hold the most ground and accomplish more than any other unit in MND (N)."
"When I read the reports on the actions of the Paratroopers who will receive Silver Stars tonight I was totally amazed. These stories read like something out of a Hollywood script."
Media Coverage
Black Anthem Military News: 3rd Brigade Combat Team Reflects on Mission in Iraq
CNN Video - Silver Star
LTG Caldwell addressing Dole Institute of Politics at KU
Remarks to the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, 14 Nov 07
"We train to execute decisive operations and not strategies of exhaustion....But, if the enemy won’t mass…if they won’ t identify themselves… If there is no definitive chain of command… we can’t fight them that way. So in this case, the enemy has chosen the strategy and we must change to address it."
"Our enemy isn’t after our logistics… they know that we have immense resources and the ability to project those resources around the globe. They know they cannot defeat us militarily. Their goal is to exhaust our will to fight."
"Our enemies are masters at exploiting the media and information to their advantage. They utilize the latest technology to include; the internet and blogs. This technology allows them to reach an audience of millions in real time. They know and exploit the information domain. They play off the 24 hour news cycle, sensationalism and our own democratic principles of a free press."
Media Coverage
Army General: Military Adapting to Modern Wars - Lawrence Journal
Dole Institute Video

 

LTG Caldwell and Mr. Ron Dzwonkowski

Remarks to the National Editorial Writers Convention, Kansas City, MO, 27 Sep 07
When people ask me, “Who do you study and listen to in order to figure out this media stuff?” Clausewitz???.... No! Schwartzkopf??? No, not him either… I tell them Ayman al-Zawahri…

We have all heard the quote “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Also, Napoleon once said “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” There is no era in history when these statements are more accurate than right now. Therefore, it is essential that we in the military foster a relationship of… understanding and… cooperation with the media.

Photo at Left: Lieutenant General Caldwell discusses media - military relations with Mr. Ron Dzwonkowski, the Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit Free Press

LTG Caldwell speaking at 2007 CSI Symposium

Remarks to the 2007 Combat Studies Symposium, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 12 Sep 07
Click on this link to access the presentaion by LTG William Caldwell (Commanding General, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth), to the 2007 Combat Studies Symposium entitled “Strategic Communications: The Information Battlefield” .
"Essentially, the question is whether units are planning and executing operations with Strategic Communications in mind? I believe they should. If they are not, then they should be."
“I pose this question to you today: Given its increased importance, should STRATCOM become a Warfighting Function like Maneuver, Intelligence, Fires, etc?”
LTG Caldwell
Remarks to the 108th Veteran's of Foreign Wars Convention, Kansas City, MO, 22 Aug 07
"From the fields of Europe, to the beaches of the Pacific Islands; from the mountains of Korea, to the rice paddies of Vietnam; from the jungles of Panama and Grenada to the scorching deserts of the Persian Gulf…time and time again our Nation called …………. AND ALL OF YOU ANSWERED THE CALL!"
"Six years ago, our nation was changed yet again by the horrific events of September 11th.  Well let me tell you what didn’t change….  When the call went out, IT WAS ANSWERED!!  It was answered by the men and women who are currently serving our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other places around the world."
LTG Caldwell at Lewis and Clark Dedication
 
 
Remarks inducting Lewis and Clark into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame, 13 Aug 07
“When our Nation and our President had an impossible mission, who did they call on? (Pause)   The army and two young motivated Captains!  I guess the more things change… the more they stay the same.”
 

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