• Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, front-center, Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, CASCOM CSM, front-right, and William F. Moore, deputy to the commanding general, front-left, lead a formation of more than 10,000 troops during Friday's Army Birthday Run here.

    Birthday run

    Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, front-center, Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, CASCOM CSM, front-right, and William F. Moore, deputy to the commanding general, front-left, lead a formation of...

  • Some of the youngest and longest-serving Soldiers at Fort Lee join the senior leaders of the Sustainment Center of Excellence for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony that was part of the 238th Army Birthday celebration. It concluded with everyone in attendance singing "Happy Birthday" and the "Army Song." The guest participants of the cake-cutting ceremony were Pvt. Rodney Hellam, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Jimenez, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Williams, Capt. Michelle Kimbrough, Spc. Aaron Bailey, Pvt. Herbert Spears and Denita Caffery, an Army Civilian employee.

    Army birthday cake cutting

    Some of the youngest and longest-serving Soldiers at Fort Lee join the senior leaders of the Sustainment Center of Excellence for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony that was part of the 238th Army Birthday celebration. It concluded with everyone in...

  • Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, thanks the Soldiers, advanced individual training students, school cadre, and Army Civilians and contractors for everything they do on a daily basis to support the Sustainment Center of Excellence.

    Army birthday celebration speech

    Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, thanks the Soldiers, advanced individual training students, school cadre, and Army Civilians and contractors for everything they do on a daily basis to support the Sustainment Center of...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Tony Glass runs at the front of the Echo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, formation during Fort Lee's Army Birthday Run Friday. (LEFT) A Quartermaster School advanced individual training student shows her enthusiasm during the run.

    Ten thousand troops strong

    Sgt. 1st Class Tony Glass runs at the front of the Echo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, formation during Fort Lee's Army Birthday Run Friday. (LEFT) A Quartermaster School advanced individual training student shows her enthusiasm during the run.

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.

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