Pacific Theater Army Week celebrates Army’s 239th birthday

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
WAIKIKI — Soldiers from USARPAC Headquarters Support Company dress in historically accurate uniforms from various periods of Army history for the "Legacy of Honor" concert, a free two-night sunset musical performance held at Fort DeRussy during Pacific Theater Army Week, held in celebration of the U.S. Army's 239th birthday.

WAIKIKI — Soldiers from USARPAC Headquarters Support Company dress in historically accurate uniforms from various periods of Army history for the “Legacy of Honor” concert, a free two-night sunset musical performance held at Fort DeRussy during Pacific Theater Army Week, held in celebration of the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday.

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack
U.S.Army-Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The U.S. Army-Pacific celebrated the Army’s 239th birthday with Pacific Theater Army Week, June 9-13, in a series of command and community events leading to the formal birthday commemoration.

The theme for the week was “America’s Army: Our Profession.”

Events focused on the past, present and future of USARPAC.

“On the occasion of the Army’s 239th birthday and 116 years of the Army in the Pacific, we are proud to serve in a command with such professional men and women, Army and civilian, and such dedicated families who are the U.S. Army-Pacific,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, leads his command on a 1.5-mile family fun run, starting at the Palm Circle, here, June 9. The run marked the start of the Pacific Theater Army Week, which symbolizes the Army’s 116-year presence in the Pacific region.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, leads his command on a 1.5-mile family fun run, starting at the Palm Circle, here, June 9. The run marked the start of the Pacific Theater Army Week, which symbolizes the Army’s 116-year presence in the Pacific region.

The week kicked off with a family fun run at Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle, an outreach at the Veterans Affairs Center for Aging and the four-day annual Best Warrior Competition, a competition designed to find the best noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted in the Pacific, which also kicked off June 9. Soldiers from across the Pacific convened at Schofield Barracks where their Army knowledge and physical and mental stamina were tested.

The 25th Inf. Div. band performed two “Legacy of Honor” concerts at Fort DeRussy, June 10-11, featuring Army period costumes, a patriotic musical selection and dancers from the Ha’a Hui dance group.

The week also featured a golf scramble, the annual senior leaders softball game — the First Sergeant/Master Sergeant team won.

Female veterans from multiple conflicts of the past were also honored guests at the PTAW Sisters in Arms meeting. There, Eugenia Woodward, Christine Tucker and Teddy Harrison shared their individual stories and how they each contributed to the armed forces during different times and attitudes towards women in uniform. The veterans were thanked by Brooks, who spoke during the meeting of his experiences with the first graduating class that included women at U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

WAIKIKI — Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, USARPAC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (left), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, are joined by the oldest and youngest Soldiers for the official cutting of the Army’s 239th birthday cake at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, June 13.

WAIKIKI — Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, USARPAC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (left), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, are joined by the oldest and youngest Soldiers for the official cutting of the Army’s 239th birthday cake at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, June 13.

The week’s events culminated at the Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki. An official cake was cut by the youngest and oldest Soldiers attending, who were joined by Brooks and USARPAC Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota.

The evening’s entertainment included the official announcements of the USARPAC Soldier and NCO of the Year and the 2014 recipient of the Mana o ke Koa award.

The Mana o Ke Koa “Spirit of the Warrior” award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by their steadfast support of Soldiers, their families and the Army community. This year’s winner is David P. Carey III, president and CEO, Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.

With all the events of the week, Brooks spoke about the magnanimous spirit that characterizes the USARPAC Soldier.

“We honor the history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and look to continue the great legacy in our current operations,” said Brooks. “Your commitment to your chosen profession allows us to continue to build upon the proud heritage the Army has in the region.”

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