• From left to right, 1st Sgt. David Thornton, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airbone Brigade Combat Team, Pfc. Tyler Siegrest, 173rd STB, 173rd ABCT, and Maj. Seamus Garrett, Provost Marshal for Warner Barracks, cut a birthday cake for the Army’s 236th birthday at the Freedom Fitness Facility June 14. The Army tradition is to have the youngest, Siegrest, and oldest, Thornton, Soldiers cut the cake.

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    From left to right, 1st Sgt. David Thornton, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airbone Brigade Combat Team, Pfc. Tyler Siegrest, 173rd STB, 173rd ABCT, and Maj. Seamus Garrett, Provost Marshal for Warner Barracks, cut a birthday cake for the...

  • Soldier’s wait in line to get a piece of the Army Birthday cake at the Freedom Fitness Facility June 14.

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    Soldier’s wait in line to get a piece of the Army Birthday cake at the Freedom Fitness Facility June 14.

  • Children sing happy birthday for the Army’s 236th birthday at the Freedom Fitness Facility June 14.

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    Children sing happy birthday for the Army’s 236th birthday at the Freedom Fitness Facility June 14.

BAMBERG, Germany -- Soldiers, civilians and family members on Warner Barracks celebrated the Army's 236th birthday June 14 during a ceremony at the Freedom Fitness Facility here.

More than 150 people listened to children sing the Happy Birthday song, the Provost Marshal, Maj. Seamus Garrett give a speech.

"The Army's story is America's story," Garrett said. "For 236 years, the nation has entrusted the Army with preserving its peace and freedom, and defending its democracy. Today, we proudly celebrate the United States Army's 236th birthday.

"In the last 10 years, we have been repeatedly tested and today's Soldiers have emerged stronger with a deeper sense of commitment to the Army as a profession," he said. "We still must remember that we are an Army of people - not just Soldiers, but Families as well." From the beginning, the Army has relied on the strength of its Families. Since the time Molly Pitcher took over her husband's cannon at the Battle of Monmouth, Army family members have been crucial to our success. Now, they play an increasingly important role in the readiness of our all-volunteer force.

The Army 's history began in 1775 with the Continental Army. The youngest and oldest Soldiers, Pfc. Tyler Siegrest, and oldest, 1st Sgt. David Thornton, both from 173rd Special Troops Battalion, cut the cake with Garrett.

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