• FORT GORDON, Ga.--(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon commanding general, 2nd Lt. Jason Rapp, youngest officer, Pvt. Jacob Strine, youngest enlisted Soldier and Command Sgt. Maj. Vernon Praymous, Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy commandant, cut the official Fort Gordon 234th Army birthday cake June 12 at Conrad Hall.

    Fort Gordon cuts birthday cake

    FORT GORDON, Ga.--(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon commanding general, 2nd Lt. Jason Rapp, youngest officer, Pvt. Jacob Strine, youngest enlisted Soldier and Command Sgt. Maj. Vernon Praymous, Regimental...

  • (Left to right) Command Sgt. Major Lori Brown, 116th Military Intelligence Group command sergeant major, Sgt. Nathan Regedanz, the youngest noncommissioned officer in the unit, ceremoniously cut the Army Birthday Cake along with 2nd Lt.
Ashlee Wright, the youngest officer and Col. John Owens, 116th MI Group Commander.

    116th Military Intelligence Group cuts cake

    (Left to right) Command Sgt. Major Lori Brown, 116th Military Intelligence Group command sergeant major, Sgt. Nathan Regedanz, the youngest noncommissioned officer in the unit, ceremoniously cut the Army Birthday Cake along with 2nd Lt. Ashlee Wright...

  • FORT GORDON, Ga.-- Officials from throughout the Central Savannah River Area joined in the on-going activities to celebrate the Army's 234th birthday observance. (Left to right) Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Hussey, local representative for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Nancy Bobbitt, local representative for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Deke Copenhaver, Augusta mayor, Col. Jack Bryant, Fort Gordon chief of staff, John Curry, deputy garrison commander and Jim Green, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director, celebrate with students at  the Fort Gordon Child Development Center on June 16.

    Local Officials join celebration

    FORT GORDON, Ga.-- Officials from throughout the Central Savannah River Area joined in the on-going activities to celebrate the Army's 234th birthday observance. (Left to right) Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Hussey, local representative for U.S. Sen...

Charmain Z. Brackett
Correspondent
FORT GORDON, Ga.--(June 15, 2009) The Soldiers of today have something in common with the patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War and braved the tough winter of Valley Forge.
"It's easy to serve in the Army during peace time. You never have to put your life on the line. It wasn't that way in 1776, and it's not that way now," said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon commanding general at the Army birthday cake cutting ceremony June 12 at Conrad Hall.
"There is no one in the Army today that is a summer Soldier or sunshine patriot," he said.
The ceremony featured a parade of historical uniforms from the Revolutionary War era to the current Army Combat Uniform.
The first uniforms were blue, which was the national color, and were made of wool.
Over the years, they've come in various colors such as olive drab, Army green No. 107, khaki and chocolate chip and materials including rayon, polyester, nylon and cotton.
The ceremony culminated with a cake cutting featuring Foley, Command Sgt. Maj. Vernon Praymous and two of the youngest Army personnel on post, Pvt. Jacob Strine, the youngest Soldier, and 2nd Lt. Jason Rapp, the youngest officer.
The Army's 234th birthday was June 14. It is the oldest military service organization.

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