Service members, families turn out in force for Army Birthday celebration
June 13, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany - It's not often you hear a band blasting people awake at 6 a.m., but on the occasion of the Army's 238th Birthday, that was the case on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne June 13. As members of the U.S. Army Europe Band played everybody's favorite hits, thousands of Soldiers, Airmen and civilians warmed up for a special run to mark the occasion.
With Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., U.S. Army Europe commander, leading the charge, units from throughout the Wiesbaden military community fell in, sang cadence and ran to celebrate esprit de corps.
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate our 238th Army Birthday than to come together to do some PT," said USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr.
Following the run, participants filled the Wiesbaden Fitness Center to engage is some friendly push-up competition and to enjoy some Army birthday cake.
"Thank you for what you do every day for this great Army," said Campbell, adding that the celebration is about serving the nation and "making a difference. You are a Soldier and should be proud of it."
Campbell said the U.S. Army is an institution that has adapted and changed over its 238-year history.
He also welcomed a special guest to Wiesbaden's celebration, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little. The Denver Broncos player, who retired in 1976 as the seventh leading rusher in professional football history, said his early schooling at the Bordentown Military Academy in New Jersey greatly influenced his work ethic and values.
"I am truly honored to stand before you … thank you for the commitment and the sacrifices that you make every day. … You are destined to be our future leaders."
Little attributed both his success in football and later as a businessman to the lessons he learned as a youth at the military school.
"The values that I learned are unbelievable," he said, explaining that the main ingredients of those values include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
He also said it's critical to continue to reach for new heights.
"Every day we have to challenge ourselves. … It's what successful people do," he said.
Other important things to keep in mind, he said, were always having a positive attitude, having a goal or dream, having a commitment to win and taking responsibility for whatever happens in one's life.
"I salute you for all you've done for us," he added.