• Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (middle) cuts into the Army's 239th birthday cake with Col. Thomas Palmatier, a 37-year veteran and native of Ballston Spa, N.Y. (right), and Pvt. Naiquan Walker, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard (left) on June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y. Traditionally, senior leaders cut into the cake with one the Army's longest-serving Soldiers and one of its newest Soldiers by their side.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (middle) cuts into the Army's 239th birthday cake with Col. Thomas Palmatier, a 37-year veteran and native of Ballston Spa, N.Y. (right), and Pvt. Naiquan Walker, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army...

  • Being sworn in by the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, approximately 20 future Soldiers repeat their Oath of Enlistment at a public swearing in ceremony during the events commemorating the Army's 239th birthday, June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Being sworn in by the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, approximately 20 future Soldiers repeat their Oath of Enlistment at a public swearing in ceremony during the events commemorating the Army's 239th birthday, June 13, 2014, in...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno renders a hand salute during a rendition of the national anthem before the opening of events commemorating the Army's 239th birthday themed -- "America's Army: Our Profession," June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park, Manhattan.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno renders a hand salute during a rendition of the national anthem before the opening of events commemorating the Army's 239th birthday themed -- "America's Army: Our Profession," June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park...

  • Staff Sgt. Martha Krabill, a United States Army Band Vocalist, performs before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs; in order to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Staff Sgt. Martha Krabill, a United States Army Band Vocalist, performs before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"...

  • Performers from the USO Show Troupe, sing and dance before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y., during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. USO Show Troupe is part of an entertainment tradition that goes back more than 70 years to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific. Today, the pride and passion that fueled that early music lives on through the USO Show Troupe.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Performers from the USO Show Troupe, sing and dance before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y., during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. USO Show Troupe is part of an entertainment tradition that...

  • Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3d Infantry (The Old Guard), perform before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y., during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. The U.S. Army Drill Team is a precision drill platoon with the primary mission of showcasing the U.S. Army both nationally and internationally through breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3d Infantry (The Old Guard), perform before distinguished guests and a public crowd in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y., during the Army's 239th birthday celebration, June 13, 2014. The U.S. Army Drill Team is a...

  • Soldiers of the New York Recruiting Battalion talk with passersby during a pre-ceremony event, "Coffee with Joe," June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y.

    Army Birthday in New York City, 2014

    Soldiers of the New York Recruiting Battalion talk with passersby during a pre-ceremony event, "Coffee with Joe," June 13, 2014, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, N.Y.

NEW YORK (Army News Service, June 13, 2014) -- The United States Army and the people of New York City today commemorated the Army's 239th birthday, which is June 14, and celebrated this year's theme -- "America's Army: Our Profession."

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno delivered the keynote address during the event held today in Bryant Park, Manhattan. Odierno thanked the people of New York City for opening their arms to the Army as it celebrates its 239th year.

During the event, approximately 20 future Soldiers were sworn into the Army by Odierno.

Alongside Odierno, Col. Thomas Palmatier, a 37-year veteran and native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Pvt. Naiquan Walker, with the 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, took part in a cake-cutting ceremony. Traditionally, senior leaders cut into the cake with one of the Army's longest-serving Soldiers and one of its newest Soldiers by their side.

The birthday cake used during the event was donated by the International Culinary Center of Soho, N.Y. The ICC is a veteran-friendly institution that offers a $5 million Military Scholarship Program that provides tuition assistance to veterans of the United States armed forces.

The celebration included performances by the U.S. Army Band Downrange, U.S. Army Drill Team, 3d Infantry (The Old Guard), The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Military Academy's Hellcats, the USO Show Troupe and more.

Not to be forgotten were the Soldiers currently deployed.

"As we sit here today, I ask you to think about the thousands of men and women who are deployed and away from their families, and say a little prayer for them as they continue to protect our freedoms," Odierno said.

For more information about the Army's 239th birthday go to www.army.mil/birthday/239

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