STAND-TO! Edition: Friday June 14, 2013

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Happy 238th Birthday, U.S. Army!

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, we celebrate the continued strength, professionalism and bravery of our ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force. Following more than 12 years of war, the U.S. Army remains committed to the readiness, training and advancement of the total Army. Our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a lifelong commitment to our core values and beliefs.

Birthday greetings from senior leaders on the Army's 238th Birthday: Celebrating Service to the Nation and Strength for the Future.

President Barack Obama

I am inspired by our Soldiers and their extraordinary families who serve alongside them. On behalf of a grateful nation, I salute the United States Army on 238 years of service. May God bless and protect you and your loved ones, and may God bless the United States of America.

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh

It's my privilege to send best wishes to our formations around the globe as our Soldiers, civilians, and families celebrate the Army's 238th Birthday. America's Soldiers make us all immensely proud. Your deep commitment, abiding patriotism, and warrior spirit are truly inspiring. Thank you for your dedication to the Army Profession. Your sacrifices ensure the nation's trust and confidence in America's Army proudly endures.

Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal

After all these years of deployments and combat operations, this remains the best Army ... the strongest Army ... and the most experienced Army in the world. One of the things our service has effectively done over our nearly 238 year history is effectively adapt to change ... To all those who serve both at home and abroad, to their families who continue to endure, and to the civilians who support them - I'm proud to wish a happy 238th to the greatest Army in the world.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell

Our Army remains a clear symbol of America's commitment to freedom, and their dedication makes them the strength of our Army and the strength of our nation. Happy Birthday, Army! Hooah!

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III

For 238 years, even before our country was founded, we have had an Army. Both on this continent and around the world, we have gone into harm's way to meet the needs of the American people and to support and defend our Constitution.

Additional birthday messages can be viewed at the Army Birthday site.

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Chief of Staff of the Army's Birthday Wishes

As we celebrate our 238th birthday, let us remember the nearly 80,000 Soldiers deployed and more than 91,000 Soldiers forward stationed in almost 150 countries. Let us also remember the millions who have gone before us, and made us the best Army in the world. We stand on their shoulders as we write the next chapter in our Army's history.

I am incredibly proud of your successes and I thank each of you for your service to our nation.

To all Soldiers past and present, Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier!

Happy Birthday United States Army!

- Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

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