• A Task Force Marne Soldier wearing a World War II era U.S. Army uniform attaches the campaign streamers earned during World War II to the Army flag, as Spc. Amber Borths, an information systems technician for the TF Marne G-6 section, held the colors steady during TF Marne's 235th Army Birthday celebration at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13. The celebration also coincides with 3rd Infantry Divisions' 235th day in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, TF Marne Public Affairs.)

    3rd Infantry Division celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    A Task Force Marne Soldier wearing a World War II era U.S. Army uniform attaches the campaign streamers earned during World War II to the Army flag, as Spc. Amber Borths, an information systems technician for the TF Marne G-6 section, held the colors...

  • The Division Special Troops Battalion color guard and Soldiers wearing uniforms from former and current wars stand together during the Army's 235th birthday celebration held at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13. The ceremony included a cake cutting and was followed by a barbecue and concert by the TF Marne rock band, Sasquatch. The celebration was conducted June 13, but the official Army birthday is June 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, TF Marne Public Affairs.)

    3rd Infantry Division celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    The Division Special Troops Battalion color guard and Soldiers wearing uniforms from former and current wars stand together during the Army's 235th birthday celebration held at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13. The ceremony included a cake...

  • (left to right) Major General Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble, the oldest Soldier in the division and the senior maintenance officer for the TF Marne G-4; Pfc. Deonne Dore, the division's youngest Soldier and an intelligence Soldier with the TF Marne G-2; and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews, the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding general, cut the ceremonial cake during the celebration of the Army's 235th birthday at Contingency Operation Base Speicher, June 13. The celebration was conducted June 13, but the official Army birthday is June 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, TF Marne Public Affairs.)

    3rd Infantry Division celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    (left to right) Major General Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble, the oldest Soldier in the division and the senior maintenance officer for the TF Marne G-4; Pfc. Deonne Dore, the division's youngest...

  • Sasquatch, Task Force Marne's rock band, performs for servicemembers during the celebration of the Army's 235th birthday at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13. The celebration also coincides with 3rd Infantry Divisions' 235th day in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, TF Marne Public Affairs.)

    3rd Infantry Division celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    Sasquatch, Task Force Marne's rock band, performs for servicemembers during the celebration of the Army's 235th birthday at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13. The celebration also coincides with 3rd Infantry Divisions' 235th day in Iraq...

U. S. Division-North Public Affairs Office
Sgt. Johnathon Jobson, TF Marne Public Affairs


Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq Aca,!" Birthdays are a guarantee in life; however, it is how they are celebrated that makes them memorable. More than 200 Soldiers from Task Force Marne celebrated the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 235th birthday at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, June 13, with a trip through the ArmyAca,!a,,cs history.
While the ArmyAca,!a,,cs official birthday is June 14, the decision was made to hold the celebration a day early due to significant events happening in Iraq.
Aca,!A"Now you might be sitting there thinking, Aca,!EoeBut sir, youAca,!a,,cre a day early, tomorrow is the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Birthday,Aca,!a,,cAca,!A? and youAca,!a,,cd be right,Aca,!A? said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of TF Marne and 3rd Infantry Division. Aca,!A"I scheduled it today because tomorrow is a special day for Iraq, a day in which you all can take personal, quiet pride. Tomorrow is the first seating of the newly elected council of representatives.Aca,!A?
As Iraq makes history, TF Marne recognized its service to the world.
To commemorate the rich past of the United StatesAca,!a,,c oldest fighting force, Soldiers from the Task Force Marne G-6, or communications section, and the Division Special Troops Battalion color guard attached 178 campaign streamers to the Army flag, while a brief history of each conflict was given.
The streamers, earned for participation in the campaigns, were broken down into 20 groups based on the major conflict they were part of; from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to the World Wars and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
To emphasize the history behind the streamers, four Soldiers were dressed in World War I, World War II, Korean War and modern combat uniforms. These Soldiers placed the main sets of streamers from the time period they represented.
Aca,!A"Those streamers hung today and those uniforms represented here from World War I forward show how after a hundred-plus years of being the most free nation on Earth, as the 20th century dawned, we could not stand by and let others be slaves to tyranny or oppression,Aca,!A? expressed Maj. Gen. Cucolo.
Aca,!A"Each streamer represents hundreds if not thousands of lives lost, more Americans, just like you, who left their homes and the United States saying, Aca,!EoeI will not stand by and let this happen. I am one more American since those who came forward in 1775 who will fight to make things right.Aca,!a,,cAca,!A?
Following the streamer presentation, the youngest and oldest Soldiers from TF Marne cut the ArmyAca,!a,,cs birthday cake. Alongside Maj. Gen Cucolo and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews, the TF Marne command sergeant major were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble, the senior maintenance officer for the task force, from Savannah, Ga., and Pfc. Deonne Dore, an intelligence Soldier from G-2 and a native of Miami.
The cake cutting portion of the ceremony is an important part of the ceremony because it represents experienced Soldiers passing on history to younger troops.
Aca,!A"We are celebrating our traditions, what makes us special and different,Aca,!A? Maj. Gen. Cucolo said. Aca,!A"We are celebrating the self-sacrifice of others over the last 235 years. All 178 battle streamers on the Army colors represent the lives lost and the willingness again to go above and beyond for others. We must pass this tradition on.Aca,!A?
With the formal birthday ceremony complete, all attendees were invited to take part in festivities outside that included a barbecue and live music from, Sasquatch, the TF Marne rock band.
Aca,!A"I would say everything has gone very well,Aca,!A? stated Capt. Charles Gaines-Hager, the TF Marne G-6 network operations battle captain, from Gainesville, Fla. Aca,!A"Throughout the event I have counted over 200 attendees. This is a great turnout.Aca,!A?
Soldiers showed their support and dedication to their service and were able to enjoy some of the comforts of home. The celebration also coincided with the divisionAca,!a,,cs 235th day in Iraq for this deployment.
Aca,!A"This felt a lot like being at home,Aca,!A? said Spc. Paul Vendt, an intelligence analyst with the TF Marne G-2 and a native of St. Louis, Mo. Aca,!A"Obviously, at home everyone is not wearing the same thing or carrying a weapon, but you can still close your eyes taste the barbecue, listen to the music and itAca,!a,,cs almost like home. ItAca,!a,,cs great for morale.Aca,!A?

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