• Soldiers assigned to the 85th Support Command celebrate the U.S. Army's 238th birthday during their battle assembly, including (from left on platform) Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general, 85th Support command, and deputy-commanding general for support, First Army Division West, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Greene, 85th Support Command, and Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, 85th Support Command, stand as the color guard posts the colors to begin the ceremony at Arlinton Heights, Ill., June 1, 2013.

    238th Army birthday celebration

    Soldiers assigned to the 85th Support Command celebrate the U.S. Army's 238th birthday during their battle assembly, including (from left on platform) Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general, 85th Support command, and deputy-commanding general...

  • Spc. Necory Smith presents a saber to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general of the 85th Support Command, for the cake-cutting portion of the 238th Army birthday celebration at the unit's headquarters. Dunn then passed the saber to retired Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, who was honored as the "most senior" noncommissioned officer to participate in the cake cutting. Pfc. Yvette Leon also participated in the cake cutting as the "most junior" Soldier of the unit. Following the cake cutting, the unit sang "The Birthday Song," accompanied by a brass ensemble from the 85th Army Band, 88th Regional Support Command.

    238th Army birthday cake-cutting presentation

    Spc. Necory Smith presents a saber to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general of the 85th Support Command, for the cake-cutting portion of the 238th Army birthday celebration at the unit's headquarters. Dunn then passed the saber to retired...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Maggie Cloud, 85th Support Command Color Guard, presented retired Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, former interim G-1 sergeant major, 85th Support Command, with the flag that was folded in his honor of service to the U.S. Army, June 1, 2013.  Kreinbring entered the Army in July 1976 shortly after graduating high school, serving a total of 33 years between active duty, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. During his retirement ceremony, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Retired Reserve lapel pin and a letter of appreciation for his service from President Barack Obama. Presiding over the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, dual assigned commanding general of the 85th Support Command and deputy-commanding general of First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Greene, command sergeant major, 85th Support Command, both pictured in the background.

    Soldier honored after 33 years of service

    Sgt. 1st Class Maggie Cloud, 85th Support Command Color Guard, presented retired Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, former interim G-1 sergeant major, 85th Support Command, with the flag that was folded in his honor of service to the U.S. Army, June 1...

  • Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, assigned to the 85th Support Command, is presented the Meritorious Service medal by Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general of the 85th Support Command and deputy-commanding general of First Army Division West, during Kreinbring's retirement ceremony at Arlington Heights, Ill, June 1, 2013.

    MSM award presentation

    Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, assigned to the 85th Support Command, is presented the Meritorious Service medal by Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, commanding general of the 85th Support Command and deputy-commanding general of First Army Division West...

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 5, 2013) -- Members of the 85th Support Command, which is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago, held a cake-cutting ceremony, June 1, in honor of the Army's 238th Birthday.

The official party for the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, dual assigned as commanding general of the 85th Support Command, and deputy-commanding general for support, First Army Division West - Fort Hood, Texas, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Greene, command sergeant major, 85th Support Command and Master Sgt. Michael Kreinbring, who was a part of a retirement ceremony also being held in his honor after 33 years of service.

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, the Continental Army was established, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this country and its citizens.

Carrying on with the historical traditions of the Army, Greene deferred the honor, as the most senior noncommissioned officer, of cutting the birthday cake to Kreinbring as his last act as a U.S. Soldier. The most junior enlisted Soldier to assist him in the cake cutting was Pfc. Yvette Leon, a human resource specialist with the 85th Support Command.

The birthday cake-cutting ceremony is important to all Soldiers, as it is an annual celebration of the formation of the Army and a renewal of each Soldier's commitment to the unit.

The cake is traditionally cut with a sword, as a reminder that Soldiers are a band of warriors, committed to carry the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.

Immediately following the cake cutting, the Soldiers sang "The Birthday Song" accompanied by music from the 85th Army Band brass and percussion ensemble.

Concluding the ceremony as tradition dictates, "The Army Song" closed the ceremony.

Prior to singing, Dunn, joyfully, announced that this was the first time that the 85th Support Command along with the 85th Army Band would premiere the new arrangement of "The Army Song."

"Not only do we recognize the 238th Army birthday today," said Dunn, "we would also like to honor a Soldier who says 'goodbye' to the Army after a distinguished career spanning three decades."

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