• CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ronald Ross (left) and Spc. Victor Castro participate in the long-standing tradition of the youngest and oldest to cut the cake at the Army's 235th Birthday celebration June 5. Ross is a member of the Army's 353rd Civil Affairs Battalion and Castro is a member of the Army's 1-65th Battalion, Delta Company, both attached to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. CJTF-HOA includes more than 700 U.S. Army active, reserve and National Guard members. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Larry Foos/Released).

    U.S. Army Soldiers in Djibouti celebrate Army birthday

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ronald Ross (left) and Spc. Victor Castro participate in the long-standing tradition of the youngest and oldest to cut the cake at the Army's 235th Birthday celebration June 5. Ross is a member...

  • CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 5, 2010) - The 418th Civil Affairs Battalion and 1/65th Infantry Battalion participated in a U.S. Army birthday run around the camp, June 5. This event was part of the U.S. Army's 235th birthday celebration, represented on camp by the 418th CABN and 1/65th Infantry Battalion. Other events included a weapons system exhibit and a talent show.

    U.S. Army Soldiers in Djibouti celebrate Army birthday

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 5, 2010) - The 418th Civil Affairs Battalion and 1/65th Infantry Battalion participated in a U.S. Army birthday run around the camp, June 5. This event was part of the U.S. Army's 235th birthday celebration, represented...

  • CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) - U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Owens, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) deputy commander, kicks off ceremonies for the Army's 235th Birthday celebrations at the camp's recreation hall June 5. More than 700 U.S. Army active, reserve and National Guard members provide the camp’s security and civil affairs teams assigned to CJTF-HOA in Djibouti and around the Horn of Africa.

    Army Birthday comes early for Soldiers in Djibouti

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) - U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Owens, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) deputy commander, kicks off ceremonies for the Army's 235th Birthday celebrations at the camp's recreation hall June 5. More...

  • CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) - Members of the U.S. Army 1-65th Battalion unveil their wall crest during celebrations of the Army’s 235th birthday June 5. The battalion from Puerto Rico served as the security force for Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) the past year and is getting ready to return home. More than 700 U.S. Army active, reserve and National Guard members provide the camp’s security and civil affairs teams assigned to CJTF-HOA in Djibouti and around the Horn of Africa.

    Army Birthday comes early for Soldiers in Djibouti

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jun. 5, 2010) - Members of the U.S. Army 1-65th Battalion unveil their wall crest during celebrations of the Army’s 235th birthday June 5. The battalion from Puerto Rico served as the security force for Camp Lemonnier and...

  • CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 5, 2010) - The 418th Civil Affairs Battalion and 1/65th Infantry Battalion participated in a U.S. Army birthday run around the camp, June 5. This event was part of the U.S. Army's 235th birthday celebration, represented on camp by the 418th CABN and 1/65th Infantry Battalion. Other events included a weapons system exhibit and a talent show.

    Army Birthday comes early for Soldiers in Djibouti

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 5, 2010) - The 418th Civil Affairs Battalion and 1/65th Infantry Battalion participated in a U.S. Army birthday run around the camp, June 5. This event was part of the U.S. Army's 235th birthday celebration, represented...

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - The Army's birthday came a little early this year for Soldiers serving with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

In fact, the Soldiers assigned to the task force - U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs and U.S. Army National Guard infantrymen from Puerto Rico- took the first two weeks of June to celebrate the Army's birthday.

A movie night included screenings of "We Were Soldiers," the Mel Gibson movie about a U.S. Army cavalry unit fighting North Vietnamese in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, plus an Army documentary on the Puerto Rico National Guard's 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, about the unit's combat actions during the Korean War.

On the morning of June 5, Soldiers strapped on running shoes for laps around the post.

"We sang cadence and woke up the camp with over 275 runners," said Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Page, 418th Civil Affairs Battalion command sergeant major.

Soldiers also staged volleyball and basketball tournaments during the week. On June 14, Soldiers will take part in another run - five kilometers around the camp.

In the camp's recreation center, Soldiers set up exhibits on Army history, weapons, ordinance disposal gear, photos and food.

The evening of June 5, they held a dinner and ceremony. More than 330 people attended. A talent show hosted by the U.S. Army followed, participants were from all branches of service.

"The celebration was very elegant, professional and gave pride to those on Camp Lemonnier who served in the Army. The ambiance and feeling in the room was amazing," said Spc. Tiffany Mellers.

When it came down to celebrating the event, they had plenty of help from the other military services based at Camp Lemonnier. Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, CJTF-HOA commander and senior officers from foreign services, to include the Japanese contingent, also took part. U.S. Ambassador James Swan and Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Wong represented the U.S. Embassy staff.

"This Army Birthday was like no other that I've experienced. To sit in a room with Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, coalition and interagency partners to celebrate 235 years of Army truly shows why the Army is the 'Strength of our Nation'," said Maj. Timothy Brennan.

Soldiers celebrated the Army's proud tradition of protecting and preserving our freedom, said Brig. Gen. James Owens, a U.S. Army Reserve officer who serves as CJTF-HOA's deputy commander.

"It also gave Soldiers opportunities to build camaraderie with other armed forces and coalition partners," Owens said.

It was 235 years ago, June 14, that the U.S. Congress authorized a continental army to fight the British during the Revolutionary War.

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