It is no exaggeration to state that if we take our foot off the pedal now, we risk a widespread resurgence of a disease that we have worked so hard to defeat.
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
The delay to the review, historic increases to defence spending and rumoured cuts to troop numbers paint a picture of an organisation in flux.
Those sitting at Number Ten may wish to be reminded that they are ready, willing and able to redeploy at unlimited liability.
As we approach the 75th Anniversary this week, please spare a thought for those who gave so much to protect our freedoms.
There is not only an overwhelming moral case for supporting ex-servicemen and women, but a strong political one too.