WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- This year marks the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army, which was established June 14, 1775, to secure the nation’s independence.

Since then, generations of Americans have stepped forward to defend our freedoms and security.

From the Revolutionary War to today’s current operations, Soldiers have remained committed to the Army’s values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Soldiers have selflessly and continuously defended our rights at home, and they have protected the rights of our friends and allies in various conflicts throughout the world. In addition, the Army has contributed to society with science, exploration and medicine.

The Army will continue defending the nation, while assisting the global community in promoting peace and playing an important part in humanitarian assistance, civil support, security assistance and counter-terrorism.

“We will chart a path for America’s Army that preserves our legacy … as we face the challenges ahead,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

The Army’s birthday is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of the nation, and it gives us a chance to thank the Soldiers, civilians, families and veterans who have worked tirelessly to achieve a level of excellence.

Locally, U.S. Army-Pacific celebrated the occasion during its Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in Waikiki; dining facilities, here, at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks honored the observance with special birthday menus; and the Fort Shafter Child Development Center hosted a dance for children and their parents, where the 25th Infantry Division's Configurations Jazz Combo supplied music.

Downrange, Hawaii's deployed units also celebrated with birthday meals, and they participated in organized runs commemorating the Army's 236th birthday.

(Information was compiled from U.S. Army news releases.)

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