Army celebrates 235 years of tradition

| June 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army-Pacific
News Release

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – U.S. Army–Pacific invites the public to join in celebrating 235 years of Army tradition at the Army Commemoration 6 p.m., June 12, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel’s Coral Ballroom.

The evening honors Soldiers and their families stationed in the Pacific.  This year’s commemoration theme “Strength in the Pacific” honors 235 years of service in defense of the U.S. and its citizens. 

“As the U.S. Army reaches its 235th birthday, the U.S. Army, Pacific nears its 20th anniversary in its current structure,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin  Mixon, USARPAC commander. “Soldiers and family members from Alaska to Japan are the foundation of the Army in the Pacific.

“USARPAC represents the finest America has to offer – diversity, value-based and caring Soldiers, families and Department of the Army civilians,” Mixon said.

Mixon added that “our Army remains strong — Army Strong — and this strength comes from our greatest asset: the American Soldier.” 

The evening includes dining, dancing and patriotic music performed by The U.S. Army Strings, a 20-member ensemble from Washington, D.C., that performs as mixed chamber ensembles, The U.S. Army Orchestra, and The U.S. Army Strolling Strings. The 25th Infantry Division Jazz Band will add a different beat to the evening. 

Significant to the celebration is the naming of the 2010 Mana O Ke Koa Award, “Spirit of the Warrior” Award, presented annually to a Hawaii resident who has made significant contributions to the Army’s partnership with state and local communities. 

Ken Bailey, one of the most valued supporters of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and member of the Military Advisory Committee to the Chamber of Commerce, is the 2010 recipient. 

Additionally, the naming of USARPAC’s Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year will take place around 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $80 each. For tickets and information, call 808-366-3557. Rooms can be reserved at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for $149 plus tax to attendees. Call (808) 949-4321 or visit the Hilton Hawaiian Village website for reservations. Request the Army Birthday Commemoration.  Dress is formal.

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