• Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of ASC, share a moment of friendship with William Schmutz, director/community liaision City of Chicago, after the signing of the Army Community Covenant during Army birthday celebrations in Chicago June 14.

    ASC commander celebrates Army birthday in Chicago

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of ASC, share a moment of friendship with William Schmutz, director/community liaision City of Chicago, after the signing of the Army Community Covenant during Army birthday celebrations in Chicago June 14.

  • Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of ASC,  Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., participates in the cake-cutting ceremony at Daley Plaza in Chicago June 14. Assisting Fontaine is an Army cadet (center) and an Army noncommissioned officer.

    ASC commander celebrates Army birthday in Chicago

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of ASC, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., participates in the cake-cutting ceremony at Daley Plaza in Chicago June 14. Assisting Fontaine is an Army cadet (center) and an Army noncommissioned officer.

  • Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general ASC, delivers the keynote speech during Army birthday activities in Chicago June 14.

    ASC commander celebrates Army birthday in Chicago

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general ASC, delivers the keynote speech during Army birthday activities in Chicago June 14.

  • Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general ASC, along with aide Capt. Grady A. Adkins, observe the Junior ROTC Silent Drill Team, Chicago, during ceremonies celebrating the Army\'s birthday June 14.

    ASC commander celebrates Army birthday in Chicago

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general ASC, along with aide Capt. Grady A. Adkins, observe the Junior ROTC Silent Drill Team, Chicago, during ceremonies celebrating the Army\'s birthday June 14.

CHICAGO, Ill.-The U.S. Army turned 235 years old on June 14 marking the occasion with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Daley Plaza here.

During the event, Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, signed a community covenant with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The community covenant is a formal commitment of support by communities to Soldiers and families of the Army -- Active, Guard and Reserve.

"This document strengthens and formalizes the bonds between the Army and you, the community, and calls on us to live out our obligations to one another," said Fontaine. "The covenant provides us with a foundation we can build on - more importantly, it represents a sacred trust that commits us to action."

The ceremony included performances by the 101st Rock Division, 85th Army and USO bands, Jesse White Tumblers, and Chicago Junior Reserve Officer Training Command Silent Drill Team. It also served as the end point for the Wounded Warrior Project's Midwest Region five-day bicycle ride.

Those in attendance included retired Army Maj. Gen. John Scully, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Illinois; U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, from Illinois' 5th District; Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.; Dan Grant, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; and William Schmutz, community liaison for the city of Chicago.

Following the ceremonial cake-cutting by the most junior military member in attendance, the ceremony concluded with a group participation in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the "Army Song."

For queries, contact the Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs Office at rock-amsas-pa@conus.army.mil or by phone at 309-782-5421.

For current ASC news, go to www.aschq.army.mil.

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