• Pvt. 1st Class Melissa McBride, of Enterprise, Ala. helps Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army war College Commandant and Chaplain (Col.) D'Emma, cut the 235th Army Birthday cake, June 11 in Carlisle, Pa.

    Army War College celebrates Army birthday

    Pvt. 1st Class Melissa McBride, of Enterprise, Ala. helps Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army war College Commandant and Chaplain (Col.) D'Emma, cut the 235th Army Birthday cake, June 11 in Carlisle, Pa.

  • Army War College students and National Security Seminar members join in standing ovation for the post’s junior Soldier, Pvt. 1st Class Melissa McBride, of Enterprise, Ala. who helped Maj. Gen. Robert Williams cut the 235th Army Birthday cake, June 11 in Carlisle, Pa. 

"The official date is June 14 - Flag Day - but it will be meaningful for all of us to take this moment together," said USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Robert Williams as a final event for the Army War College class of 2010 before the June 12 graduation. "On Memorial Day last month, most of our [Army War College] students took pause to note that this was one of the few Memorial Days on which they weren't on duty somewhere around the globe. That's why the Army Birthday is a unique moment: we stop everywhere, around the world, for a few minutes ... to tip a beret ... cut a cake ... or sing the Army song. There will be birthday cakes from Fort Bragg to the National Training Center, forwarding operating bases in Iraq and command outposts in Afghanistan. Today, we have 250,790 soldiers deployed or forward-stationed in nearly 80 countries overseas. "We have much to celebrate. For 235 years, generations of american men and women have stepped forward ... At home and abroad ... As soldiers and army civilians ... to defend our freedoms, and those of our friends and our allies. And, generations of army men and women have played central roles in fighting diseases, building infrastructure at home and abroad, organizing disaster relief, offering humanitarian assistance, developing new technologies, and - make no mistake - winning the nation's wars. No matter the mission, they have dedicated themselves to make our Army strong ... and to make our nation strong. "You know, this is my last Army Birthday in uniform and I believe the meaning of this simple symbol is profound," said Williams. "We pass our values from senior to junior, from one generation to the next, and that's an important part of how we maintain this national treasure, the Army."

    Army War College celebrates Army birthday

    Army War College students and National Security Seminar members join in standing ovation for the post’s junior Soldier, Pvt. 1st Class Melissa McBride, of Enterprise, Ala. who helped Maj. Gen. Robert Williams cut the 235th Army Birthday cake, June 11...

Page last updated Fri June 11th, 2010 at 14:23