Celebrating Army's 233rd Birthday

By Ms. Jacqueline Hames (ARNEWS)June 16, 2008

Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of Multi-National Force - Iraq, takes a stroll through a market in downtown Hawijah, Iraq with key Kirkuk Provincial and its Security Forces' leadership during a "Battle Field Circulation" of northern Iraq on the Army's 233rd birthday, June 14. This was Petraeus' first visit to this northeastern district in the Kirkuk Province which was once considered the 'Anbar of the North' and has seen around a 90 percent drop in violent acts against Iraqi Security Forces, civilians, and the coalition force since the arrival of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division to this region in September.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of Multi-National Force - Iraq, takes a stroll through a market in downtown Hawijah, Iraq with key Kirkuk Provincial and its Security Forces' leadership during a "Battle Field Circulation" of northern Iraq on the Army's 233rd birthday, June 14. This was Petraeus' first visit to this northeastern district in the Kirkuk Province which was once considered the 'Anbar of the North' and has seen around a 90 percent drop in violent acts against Iraqi Security Forces, civilians, and the coalition force since the arrival of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division to this region in September. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mtn. Div., Public Affiars Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of Multi-National Force - Iraq, speaks to the men and women of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Forward Operating Base McHenry in Hawijah, Iraq, June 14, during a battle field circulation of northern Iraq. "It's only fitting during the U.S. Army's 233rd birthday, that I share this day with the men and women of the 10th Mountain," Petraeus said. He told the Task Force Summit Soldiers that they have proven to the skeptics, that a year ago thought a walk through Hawijah would not be possible, that they are wrong.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of Multi-National Force - Iraq, speaks to the men and women of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Forward Operating Base McHenry in Hawijah, Iraq, June 14, during a battle field circulation of northern Iraq. "It's only fitting during the U.S. Army's 233rd birthday, that I share this day with the men and women of the 10th Mountain," Petraeus said. He told the Task Force Summit Soldiers that they have proven to the skeptics, that a year ago thought a walk through Hawijah would not be possible, that they are wrong. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mtn. Div., Public Affiars Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Scott West, commanding general of Tank Automotive Command joins Mark Martin, U.S. Army NASCAR driver, and John Story, vice president Dale Earnhardt Inc., cut a birthday cake at Michigan International Speedway for the Army's 233rd Birthday. Behind the cutting-table guests is the U.S. Army Quartet, who sang a stirring rendition of Happy Birthday U.S. Army.
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Scott West, commanding general of Tank Automotive Command joins Mark Martin, U.S. Army NASCAR driver, and John Story, vice president Dale Earnhardt Inc., cut a birthday cake at Michigan International Speedway for the Army's 233rd Birthday. Behind the cutting-table guests is the U.S. Army Quartet, who sang a stirring rendition of Happy Birthday U.S. Army. (Photo Credit: David Ferroni) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers are joined by Family members during a mass reenlistment during the 233rd Army Birthday Celebration held June 13 at Fort Lee, Va.
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers are joined by Family members during a mass reenlistment during the 233rd Army Birthday Celebration held June 13 at Fort Lee, Va. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
The National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif., celebrated the U.S. Army's 233rd birthday June 12 with a post-wide fun run and a cake-cutting ceremony. Army Family members from the post's Child Development Center joined Brig. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general, NTC and Fort Irwin, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Moore, NTC and Fort Irwin command sergeant major, in the cake-cutting ceremony.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif., celebrated the U.S. Army's 233rd birthday June 12 with a post-wide fun run and a cake-cutting ceremony. Army Family members from the post's Child Development Center joined Brig. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general, NTC and Fort Irwin, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Moore, NTC and Fort Irwin command sergeant major, in the cake-cutting ceremony. (Photo Credit: Vickey Mouze, National Training Center Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall (left) reads the Army story to toddlers and preschoolers at the Child Development Center on June 13 to celebrate the Army's 233rd birthday the next day.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall (left) reads the Army story to toddlers and preschoolers at the Child Development Center on June 13 to celebrate the Army's 233rd birthday the next day. (Photo Credit: David McNally, USAG-Yongsan) VIEW ORIGINAL
Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson keeps almost everyone enraptured with the Army birthday storybook while at the post's Child Development Center June 13.
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson keeps almost everyone enraptured with the Army birthday storybook while at the post's Child Development Center June 13. (Photo Credit: Tom Zimmerman) VIEW ORIGINAL
From left, Pvt. Jesus Ramirez, 17, the youngest Soldier at Fort Drum, Col. Kevin Mangum, Fort Drum's new division rear commander, and Lt. Col. Ken Pruitt, 61, the oldest Soldier at Fort Drum, cut the cake in honor of the Army's 233rd birthday.
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, Pvt. Jesus Ramirez, 17, the youngest Soldier at Fort Drum, Col. Kevin Mangum, Fort Drum's new division rear commander, and Lt. Col. Ken Pruitt, 61, the oldest Soldier at Fort Drum, cut the cake in honor of the Army's 233rd birthday. (Photo Credit: Hannah Hayner, Fort Drum Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
A unit from the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs at Continental Park, Fort Monroe, Va., during the installation's 2008 Army Birthday Celebration and Battle Streamer Ceremony on June 12. The evening's host was The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. During the Battle Streamer Ceremony, Soldiers dressed in period costumes, from the colonial era to present day, presented the battle streamer from their time period and they were added one by one to the Army flag.
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A unit from the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs at Continental Park, Fort Monroe, Va., during the installation's 2008 Army Birthday Celebration and Battle Streamer Ceremony on June 12. The evening's host was The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. During the Battle Streamer Ceremony, Soldiers dressed in period costumes, from the colonial era to present day, presented the battle streamer from their time period and they were added one by one to the Army flag. (Photo Credit: Patrick Buffett, U.S. Armt Garrison Fort Monroe, Installation Management Command-Northeast) VIEW ORIGINAL