• Lt. Col. Kevin McKenna, commander of Headquarters Battalion, Fort Belvoir, holds up an Army birthday card presented to him by pre-school students at the South Post Child Development Center June 18.

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    Lt. Col. Kevin McKenna, commander of Headquarters Battalion, Fort Belvoir, holds up an Army birthday card presented to him by pre-school students at the South Post Child Development Center June 18.

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston reads the new book, "Sam the Army Dog," to children at Fort Belvoir's North Post Child Development Center June 18 to help celebrate the Army's 234th birthday. After the reading, Preston called the installation a great example of small-town U.S.A. "I tell people that if you want to see what an Army post is all about, then you should visit Fort Belvoir," Preston said.

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    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston reads the new book, "Sam the Army Dog," to children at Fort Belvoir's North Post Child Development Center June 18 to help celebrate the Army's 234th birthday. After the reading, Preston called the installation a...

  • Staff Sgt. Karina Solis admires the patriotic decoration painted on the face of her son, Kenneth, 2, at Fort Belvoir's annual children's parade June 18. The parade is a Child, Youth and School Services event held for children in Family Child Care to celebrate both the Army Birthday and the birthday of the U.S. flag. The event is normally held outdoors at Belvoir's Pullen Field, but rainy weather moved it to the field house.

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    Staff Sgt. Karina Solis admires the patriotic decoration painted on the face of her son, Kenneth, 2, at Fort Belvoir's annual children's parade June 18. The parade is a Child, Youth and School Services event held for children in Family Child Care to...

FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 18--Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston visited Fort Belvoir's North Post Child Development Center today to help celebrate the Army's 234th birthday. Preston read the new Army Birthday book, "Sam the Army Dog," to a group of children before having some birthday cake with his young friends. Shane Hildebrand, one of the parents attending the reading, was flattered by Preston's visit. "I think it's impressive that someone like him will take the time to come here and read to the kids," Hildebrand said. "He was a lot of fun. I know the children had a blast." After thanking the many teachers and volunteers at the center, Preston said Belvoir is everything a community should be. "I tell people that if you want to see what an Army post is all about, then you should visit Fort Belvoir," Preston said. "This is a great example of small-town U.S.A. "The community is very inviting and I know the Army is very proud of this installation," he said. Preston added it's always fun spending time with children and that it was a pleasure to visit.

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