JTF Carson celebrates Army's 239th birthday
June 14, 2014
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- (June 12, 2014) "I hear the choppers hovering. They're hovering overhead," and many other cadences could be heard on Fort Carson, June 12, 2014, as Joint Task Force-Carson held an installation run to celebrate the Army's 239th birthday.
Acting Senior Commander Col. Mike Tarsa, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, spoke to the Soldiers about leadership and Army Values.
"This year's theme for the Army's Birthday is 'America's Army: Our Profession.' As we celebrate, I have three points I want to talk to you about. The first one is about leadership. Three things define leaders across the Army. You have to be a person of character, you have to be competent, and you have to be committed," Tarsa said. "Those three things encapsulate our expectations for leaders in today's Army. My second point is that across the spectrum of our nation's defense, it is still the Army that is the decisive arm of our military. We are professionals, and we are the force that wins with boots on the ground.
"The last point I want to make is that Army leaders, Army soldiers, and everyone who is privileged to wear this uniform, is accountable to our Army Values and we are all part of something bigger than ourselves. Happy birthday to the Army. HOOAH!"
The Army was formed June 14, 1775, as the need arose for the militias to form one united army to face Britain's seasoned troops during the Revolutionary War.
The Army birthday means many things to many different Soldiers.
"Two hundred and thirty-nine years, how many other organizations can say they have been around that long in America," said Spc. Pedro Berroa, computer detection systems repairer, Company H, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
"What I would like for people to celebrate most, are the Soldiers that are downrange keeping us safe, and to remember all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free," Berroa said. "It is not all kicking in doors and shooting weapons. The deployed and departed Soldiers are not here to celebrate this great day with their Family and friends."
Another Soldier sees it as a time to reflect on those of the past, and be proud of where they are now.
"Two hundred and thirty-nine years is a long time," said Sgt. Shea Wallin, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard. "To me, it is a time to remember why we were formed. It is a time to remember all of those who gave their lives defending the Constitution."
Wallin said that the Army is a necessary profession.
"People do not fully understand that we are more than just a fighting force," he said. "We are a supporting and defending force for what, as Americans, we all hold dear -- freedom."