Command Sgt. Major retired Henry N.J. Lee represented U.S. Army past,
Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Leota and Wiercinski represented U.S. Army present as the most senior noncommissioned officer and commissioned officer of the evening, and Pfc. Craig Brownrepresented U.S. Army future as they joined hands on the saber and made the ceremonial first cut of the birthday cake.