U.S. Army turns 238
June 13, 2013
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- What do you get the Army that has everything? A celebration full of sugar and spice and everything nice was deemed suitable for the U.S. Army's 238th birthday, here, June 13.
And in commemoration of the occasion, albeit a day early, Pfc. Krystal Helms, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Chaplain (Maj.) Stan Copeland, representing the youngest and oldest active duty Soldiers in USAG Grafenwoehr, respectively, along with Col. Adam Loveless, chief of staff for 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, and USAG Grafenwoehr Command Sgt. Maj. William Berrios took a celebratory slice out of a cake donning the Army logo at the Tower Barracks Dining Facility.
More than 200 Soldiers, civilians and community members attended, celebrating more than two centuries of "Army strong" with a special meal of lobster and steak.
The brief ceremony was the first of its kind for the shy 18-year-old Helms and the fourth year in which Copeland took part as the inveterate Soldier.
"Well, I'm not getting any younger," said the 66-year-old. "But this year will be my last."
Copeland is set to retire from the Army in October, but contributes his prestigious cake-cutting skills solely to the Army birthday event.
"I enjoy being able to participate year after year."
Copeland winked, adding, "and the cake is always good."