Army is still ‘strength of the nation’ after 236 years of history

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers enjoy a slice of a colossal Army birthday cake, June 14, 2010, in the Pentagon courtyard. The Army’s 236th birthday is this year, and Army commands worldwide will be celebrating more than 200 years of strong history and service to the nation with special commemorations of their own. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers enjoy a slice of a colossal Army birthday cake, June 14, 2010, in the Pentagon courtyard. The Army’s 236th birthday is this year, and Army commands worldwide will be celebrating more than 200 years of strong history and service to the nation with special commemorations of their own. (Courtesy Photo)

Erin O. Stattel
Army News Service 

ARLINGTON, Va. — Combat and humanitarian assistance are just a few of the roles some 1 million members of the U.S. Army perform today, and have been performing for more than 200 years.

The Army celebrates its 236th birthday, June 14, and Army garrisons worldwide will be celebrating 236 years of strong service to the nation.

“From the first battles at Lexington and Concord, to the streets of Mosul and Kandahar, Soldiers have always defended freedom and epitomized what is best about America,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, referring to the past and present role of the U.S. Army.

Dempsey said that as the Army moves forward, it will continue to be the strength of the nation.

“We will remain the nation’s decisive force, the clearest symbol of America’s commitment to freedom and the country’s pre-eminent leadership experience,” he said. “We will remain America’s Army — the strength of the nation.”

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler reminded everyone that while the Army celebrates, Soldiers are still engaged in theater.

“As we celebrate our Army’s birthday, remember that we still have more than 120,000 Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Chandler said. “Happy birthday to those who make the Army what it is today, the premier fighting force in the free world. You are America’s Army and you are ‘Army Strong.’”

Congress created the Army, June 14, 1775, and $2 million was allocated to support forces positioned around New York and Boston. Congress also voted to bring forth a uniform set of rules and regulations to the newly formed Army, and it authorized the formation of 10 companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, who would later become known as the 1st Continental Regiment.

Soldiers, family members and Army civilians all over the U.S. and overseas will mark the Army’s 236th birthday with celebrations of their own.

Army Commemoration 

U.S. Army-Pacific invites Soldiers, Army civilians and government contractors, retirees, ROTC cadets and family members to celebrate 236 years of Army tradition at the Army Commemoration, 6 p.m., June 10, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel’s Coral Ballroom, Waikiki.

The evening includes dining, dancing and entertainment. Call 271-5561 or visit www.usarpac.army.mil/236birthday.

Attire for military is Army Dress Blues/Mess; for civilians, formal evening wear. Rooms can be reserved at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for $149, plus tax. Call 949-4321 or visit www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com for reservations and ask for the “Army Birthday Commemoration.”

For additional information or resources like free Army ringtones, visit www.army.mil/birthday/236.

Army Birthday Menu

In celebration of the Army’s birthday, several dining facilities will have a special menu for their lunch meal, June 14. The cost of the meal is $7.

Participating DFACs include 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Schofield Barracks; K Quad, Schofield Barracks; 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield; and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, East Range.

Menu items include salmon primavera, grilled streak, Asian barbecue turkey, eggplant parmesan, shrimp salad, barbecued pork sandwiches and chicken fajitas, along with sides such as salads, fruits, vegetables, desserts and standard options. Call 655-8799.

 

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