Sustainment strong: 10,000-troop run opens Army birthday event
June 20, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. (June 20, 2013) -- An Army Birthday celebration here Friday included more than 10,000 troops participating in an early morning installation-wide run followed by remarks from the commanding general of CASCOM and a cake cutting ceremony.
The run started on the Ordnance Campus with a few thousand military members and several Army Civilians. Leading the pack was Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM CG, Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, CASCOM CSM, and William F. Moore, deputy to the commanding general.
Additional students and faculty from the Quartermaster and Transportation Schools, the Army Logistics University, the Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy and garrison support units, among others, joined the procession along the way. At one point, the column of troops was more than two miles long, and the cadence calls of enthusiastic runners echoed across a large portion of the installation.
The run concluded in a parking lot near the CASCOM headquarters where a group from the 392nd Army Band was playing festive music befitting the celebration. Wyche stepped up to the microphone and wished the troops a happy birthday. He also expressed his pride for the sustainment community.
"Warriors like you are the reason our families can rest at home at 6 o'clock in the morning when we're out here pounding the pavement getting ready for the next fight," he said. "And let there be no doubt in your mind that you are the best logisticians and supporters in the world. Let there be no doubt in your mind that we would not have been able to do what we've done the past 11 years without the remarkable performance of each and every one of you. So, I stand up here before you today to say two simple words on behalf of all your teammates and all of our Soldiers, DA Civilians and contractors who are in harm's way. To you and your families, those two words are simply, thank you."
Wyche also addressed the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment at the conclusion of his remarks. "We've got some challenges teammates," he noted. "Our nation right now has some negative thoughts about what's happening in our ranks, and rightfully so. There are things we've got to police up, and we can do it because we've got each other. Let's get after that team- mates … can I count on you?"
The challenge elicited a resounding "hooah" from the massive troop formation.
As the ceremony drew to a close, all sang "Happy Birthday" to the Army and followed that up with the "Army Song." Six of the youngest and longest serving Soldiers and an Army Civilian then joined the senior leaders on stage for the traditional cutting of the birthday cake, which closed the event.