• Third Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, add campaign streamers to the 3rd ID guidon during the Army's 237th birthday ceremony on Fort Stewart, June 14.

    Army Birthday at Fort Stewart

    Third Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, add campaign streamers to the 3rd ID guidon during the Army's 237th birthday ceremony on Fort Stewart, June 14.

  • In celebration of the Army's 237th birthday, Third Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, and the division's oldest and youngest Soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble and Pvt. John Gilbert, cut into a cake with the noncommissioned officer sword during a ceremony on Fort Stewart, June 14.

    Army Birthday At Fort Stewart

    In celebration of the Army's 237th birthday, Third Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, and the division's oldest and youngest Soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble and Pvt. John Gilbert, cut...

  • Pfc. Andrew K. McKinley, Spc. Austin H. Heffelmire, Pvt. Kimberly R. Frye and Pfc. Cody T. Sizemore, Soldiers with 4IBCT, 3rd ID, honor the nation's colors during the playing of the National Anthem, June 14, at the start of the Marne division's Army birthday ceremony, on Fort Stewart, Ga. Seven 'Vanguard' Soldiers, dressed in uniforms representing the various wars the Army has participated in throughout history, participated in the event.

    Army Birthday at Fort Stewart

    Pfc. Andrew K. McKinley, Spc. Austin H. Heffelmire, Pvt. Kimberly R. Frye and Pfc. Cody T. Sizemore, Soldiers with 4IBCT, 3rd ID, honor the nation's colors during the playing of the National Anthem, June 14, at the start of the Marne division's Army...

FORT STEWART, Ga. - In 1775, even before the establishment of the United States, Congress voted to establish an Army. Granting them $2,000,000 and forming ten companies of riflemen, the Army was thrown instantly into action during the American Revolution. Today, two-hundred and thirty seven years later, the Army has grown to over one million Soldiers serving in more than 150 countries around the world.

To celebrate the history and future of the Army, Soldiers, Family Members, and civilians gathered on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field for a ceremony and cake cutting, June 14.

"Today we celebrate 237 years of America's Army," said Third Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams. "It is more than a celebration of our institution; it is a celebration of our history, our heritage, and our people, and every man and woman serving in uniform today are helping us write a new chapter in our glorious history. Soldiers aren't in the Army, Soldiers are the Army."

The celebration allowed a chance to reflect not only on the history, but the current status of the Marne Division and its Soldiers.

"[This year] is even more special because every headquarters in the division is currently home," said Third ID Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson. "This is the first time in almost 10 years that all the brigade elements are at home. However, some of our battalions and other elements are overseas and we can never forget our Soldiers in harm's way."

For the official cake cutting, a competition was held between cooks from across Fort Stewart. The entry from Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion took the honors, with decorations referencing all the major conflicts and Fallen Soldiers.

"I designed the cake, and did all the decorations," said Spc. Cachmerie Cruz, a Cayey, Puerto Rico, native with HHC, DHHB. "We don't get to do this kind of thing often. I have been here for three years, and I had never heard of this competition until this year, so winning it felt great. It made me proud."

Assisting in the cake cutting with Maj. Gen. Abrams and Command Sgt. Maj. Watson were the youngest and oldest Soldiers within the division, Pvt. John Gilbert and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Noble.

"After being in the Army for almost 38 years, my commitment to my country has never wavered," said Warrant Officer 5 Noble, the senior maintenance technician for the division. To be a part of the Army's birthday is such a great honor and to understand the significance of events like this; to recognize those who have given their all to this country over the past 237 years."

A few civilians from the local area also attended to show their support.

"I am a native of this area, started working here on post in 1967 and retired after 30 plus years," said Charlotte Webb, whose husband served in the military for more than 30 years. "We have seen everything happen around here from the old WWII buildings to what it is now, and it is absolutely fabulous. The great men and women who make up our military here at Fort Stewart are just fantastic, and we are very proud of everybody."

As the ceremony came to a close, the attendees shared memories, laughter and slices of cake. Surrounded by rows of Eastern Red Bud trees, it was hard not to reflect on the sacrifices servicemembers make on a daily basis.

Remembering the Fallen, and supporting those currently serving overseas is all that the senior leaders ask.

"As we sit here today and we celebrate the Army's birthday, I would like to remind everyone about the Soldiers who are deployed, and the Families who wait back here," concluded Command Sgt. Maj. Watson. "There is a Soldier somewhere in the world who is standing guard right now, and every night, protecting us at all times, so we can be free."

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