• Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command addresses the audience at Fort Belvoir's 236th Army Birthday Celebration Tuesday June 14 in front of Abbott Hall, Fort Belvoir Garrison Headquarters.

    Fort Belvoir celebrates Army’s 236th birthday

    Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command addresses the audience at Fort Belvoir's 236th Army Birthday Celebration Tuesday June 14 in front of Abbott Hall, Fort Belvoir Garrison Headquarters.

  • Spc. Chad Osinga and Spc. Seth Field, Headquarters Battalion Soldiers read the 2nd Continental Congress orders at Fort Belvoir's Army Birthday Celebration June 14 in front of Abbott Hall.

    Fort Belvoir celebrates Army’s 236th birthday

    Spc. Chad Osinga and Spc. Seth Field, Headquarters Battalion Soldiers read the 2nd Continental Congress orders at Fort Belvoir's Army Birthday Celebration June 14 in front of Abbott Hall.

  • A four ship formation of 12th Aviation Lakota helicopters perform a flyover above Abbott Hall during the 236th Army Birthday celebration at Fort Belvoir June 14.

    Fort Belvoir helicopter fly over

    A four ship formation of 12th Aviation Lakota helicopters perform a flyover above Abbott Hall during the 236th Army Birthday celebration at Fort Belvoir June 14.

  • Fort Belvoir's annual Army Birthday Celebration culminated with a photo of audience members and participants on the front stairs of Abbott Hall, Garrison Headquarters June 14.

    Party attendees

    Fort Belvoir's annual Army Birthday Celebration culminated with a photo of audience members and participants on the front stairs of Abbott Hall, Garrison Headquarters June 14.

  • Wendy Strycula and Connie Berhane cut the Army Birthday cake at Fort Belvoir's annual Army Birthday celebration June 14 in front of Abbott Hall.    photo by Marny Malin

    Sweet celebration

    Wendy Strycula and Connie Berhane cut the Army Birthday cake at Fort Belvoir's annual Army Birthday celebration June 14 in front of Abbott Hall. photo by Marny Malin

  • Living historians wore the uniforms of Soldiers throughout the years at Fort Belvoir's Army Birthday Celebration held at Abbott Hall, Garrison Headquarters Tuesday June 14.

    Living History

    Living historians wore the uniforms of Soldiers throughout the years at Fort Belvoir's Army Birthday Celebration held at Abbott Hall, Garrison Headquarters Tuesday June 14.

  • A child waves a flag while participating in Fort Belvoir's Flag Day parade at Fort Belvoir' s Pullen Field. Children from Child and Youth Services filled the field and sang the Army song, June 14.

    Flag Day Parade

    A child waves a flag while participating in Fort Belvoir's Flag Day parade at Fort Belvoir' s Pullen Field. Children from Child and Youth Services filled the field and sang the Army song, June 14.

  • A child in an Army Combat Uniform parades around Fort Belvoir's Pullen Field during the Child Youth and School Services celebration of Army Birthday and Flag Day June 14.

    Flag Day Parade

    A child in an Army Combat Uniform parades around Fort Belvoir's Pullen Field during the Child Youth and School Services celebration of Army Birthday and Flag Day June 14.

Fort Belvoir Garrison celebrated the Army’s 236th birthday and the 234th birthday of the American flag, Tuesday at Abbott Hall.
Col. John Strycula, garrison commander, hosted the event and guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, Army Cyber Command, commanding general, shared his thoughts on what it means to be a Soldier in today’s Army.
Strycula spoke about National Flag Day, designated by President Woodrow Wilson on June 14, 1916. The colonel said he views the day as an opportunity to reflect on the freedom that the flag represents.
“I was trying to get across the importance of the U.S. flag and what it has meant to the Army over the years,” said Strycula. “It’s interesting that they both have the same birthday of June 14, because the Army fights and supports under that flag.”
Celebrating the Army is also special to Strycula as a career officer.
“The Army’s an enduring enterprise,” he said. “It has traditions and it’s going to continue into the future, but (today the Army) remembers where it came from.”
Hernandez, who said he was celebrating his 40th Army birthday in uniform, began his speech with an enthusiastic “Happy Birthday.” then spoke about the formation of the Army in 1775, the sacrifices of Soldiers throughout history, and asked that everyone keep the Soldiers who are currently serving overseas in their prayers.
“Be proud that you’re part of the most disciplined, competent, and fit force in the world,” said Hernandez. “Maintain the trust that unites us as Soldiers and Americans.”
Installation Historian, Gus Person, gave a history of Army uniforms from the beginning of the Army to the present. He had the help of re-enactors dressed in uniforms throughout the ages.
Headquarters Battalion Soldiers Sgt. Chad Osinga and Spc. Seth Field, read the Act of the 2nd Continental Congress.
Person gave the history of the 1st Virginia Regiment, the 4th U.S. Infantry, the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion and the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry.
Sgt. Charles Groffel, assigned to the DeWitt Hospital Army Healthcare Network, represented the 1st Bn. 508th Parachute Inf.
“It’s another great example of how the Army is big on traditions and remembering its history,” said Strycula.
Celebrating his 23rd Army birthday, Strycula was pleased with the ceremony and all the effort that went into putting it together.
“It’s a great day to celebrate what the Army’s done,” Strycula said.

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