Staff Sgt. Nancy DeWeese
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific, and his wife, Rhonda, will host a night of dining, dancing and entertainment in commemoration of the U.S. Army’s 235th birthday, June 12, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.
This year’s commemoration will celebrate “Strength in the Pacific” and is dedicated to all Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians, government contractors, veterans, retirees and family members who contribute to USARPAC’s success.
Observing the Army’s birthday is important because of the Army’s proud history, said Sgt. Maj. William Mason Jr., executive engagement services directorate, USARPAC.
“This marks the day that our country was able to recognize the true meaning of freedom and the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made in maintaining that freedom,” Mason said. “More than two centuries later, we are still a dedicated and well-trained force to be reckoned with.
“We continue to maintain the strength and service that our Army leaders before us held; that strength is engraved in the hearts of our military men and women across the world,” Mason added.
In this spirit, all those who add to the strength of USARPAC are welcome to celebrate the Army’s history at the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Those interested in attending should contact their unit representative to purchase tickets.
Check-in and no-host cocktails will begin at 4:30 p.m.; ballroom doors open at 6 p.m.
Guests will be treated to music from Pershing’s Own, the U.S. Army Strolling Strings, and the 25th Infantry Division Jazz Band.
Visit www.usarpac.army.mil/235Birthday/ or call the event coordinator at 366-3557 for more details.