its birth on 14 June 1775-over a year before the Declaration of Independence-the
United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development
of our nation. Soldiers have fought more than 10 wars, from the American
Revolution through the Cold War, the Gulf War, to the current Global
War on Terrorism. This 229th Birthday is a recognition of The Armys
history, traditions, and service to the Nation. Our Army At War--Relevant
2004 Army Birthday Message from The President of the United States
2004 Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army Birthday Message
2004 Sergeant Major of the Army Birthday Message
Birthday Week Photos
flies as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz (center) leads
the cutting of the Army's birthday cake in the Pentagon courtyard
Monday. The oldest Soldier, Master Sgt. David Mitchell, left, and
the youngest, Pvt. Micheal Hebert, right, joined Sgt. Maj. of the
Army Kenneth Preston, Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee and
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker in celebrating the Army
229th birthday. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Carmen Burgess.
The 229th Birthday Logo
Our Army At War--Relevant and Ready
Our Army is serving a Nation at war.
The Global War on
Terrorism will not be short and it will require deep and enduring commitment.
To fight this war and ensure our Nation's security into the future,
the Army must provide the Joint Force with relevant and ready capabilities
to support the National Security and
Defense Strategies. Our Army is a campaign-quality Army with a Joint
and Expeditionary Mindset, a proud member of the Joint Force expertly
serving our nation and its citizens for 229 years.
The Army provides the Joint Force with the combat, combat support, and
combat service support capabilities necessary to conduct sustained land
warfare during extended campaigns. This is our unique contribution to
the Joint Team and it will be maintained. The challenge we are addressing
is how to transform our organizations, processes, doctrine and culture
so that we are better able to provide this contribution in a more prompt
and rapid manner.
As it has always been, Soldiers, both active and reserve, are the heart
of the Army. Embued with the Warrior Ethos, our Soldiers are "Warriors
of character" whose seriousness and sense of urgency are characteristic
of an Army at war. Our Soldiers will always place the mission first,
never accept defeat, never quit and will never leave a fallen comrade.
229th Birthday logo reflects who we are as Soldiers and an Army in 2004.--
Our Army At War-- Relevant and Ready.