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U.S. Army's 234th Birthday


"On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress created a volunteer Continental Army to defend our fledgling republic. Spurred to defend the noble ideals of liberty and freedom, the first American citizen-Soldiers found meaning in something greater than themselves. In securing our Nation's independence, they embodied a spirit of service. As we observe our Army's 234th birthday we reflect on the sacrifices of our predecessors, celebrate their service, and honor the brave men and women serving in our ranks today.

View the complete 2009 Senior Leader 234th Army Birthday Message

Senior Leader Army Birthday Messages (Audio):

Secretary of the Army

Seargant Major of the Army


Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"Leading by example is the best way to lead Soldiers. When you set the example for them, and show them what's right, there is no question in their minds as to what it is they need to do. You can counsel someone, but actions speak louder than words."

- Staff Sgt. Christopher Massey, NCO Academy, small group leader

Oldest NCO Academy in the Army mold's tomorrow's leaders


June 2009:

- National Safety Month

June 6: D-Day Anniversary

June 13: 90th Anniversary Transcontinental Motor Convoy

June 14: 234th U.S. Army Birthday

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant


Army Professional Writing


U.S. Army's 234th Birthday

What is this?

As we observe our Army's 234th birthday, we reflect on the sacrifices of our predecessors, celebrate their service and honor the brave men and women serving in our ranks today.

What has the Army done?

Since 2009 is the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, the Army will highlight the NCO in coordination with Army Birthday events throughout the National Capital Region and Army-wide. This celebration includes a Pentagon cake-cutting with an NCO induction ceremony, displays including vintage vehicles from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association June convoy event commemorating the 90th anniversary Army Transcontinental Convoy, musical performances, wreath laying by the chief of staff of the Army at Arlington Cemetery, book readings by senior Army leaders to military kids, and various public events and displays located at the Pentagon, Fort Meade, and Capitol Hill. The Army ball will be held at the Washington Hilton on June 13, with Soldier entertainment for its guests.

Why is this important to the Army?

Soldiers, civilians, Army families and contractors - understand the vital role of the Noncommissioned Officer. The Army birthday is a time to celebrate our heritage, the NCOs who lead from the front, and the Army values that keep us strong.


Coverage of Army Birthday events, Senior Leader Video Messages, Presidential Greeting and other resources: 234th Army Birthday Web page

Public Affairs Guidance, Tri-signed Letter and other resources are posted at the AKO Public Affairs Portal under the Army Birthday tab: Sign into AKO

Army Birthday Ball information: Sign into AKO

90th anniversary Army Transcontinental Convoy

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