TORUN, Poland -- Eric Fanning, the 22nd Secretary of the Army, visited the Knights Brigade, June 14, to help celebrate the Army's 241st birthday and learn the many ways the 16th Sustainment Brigade is 'Sustaining a Strong Europe'.
The Knights Brigade had been sharing #EarnYourCake clips, a campaign encouraged by Sgt. Maj of the Army Daniel Dailey, and the secretary of the Army decided to make an impromptu visit and verify that 16th Sustainment Brigade was Army Strong.
Fanning was given a tour of Logistical Support Area Warhammer, which houses a ration break point, water supply point, and fuel system supply point supporting all combat units participating in Anakonda 16.
Fanning also showed off his driving skills by loading a 20-ft container onto a trailer with a rough terrain container handler, also known as a RTCH with the help of Soldiers from 240th Quartermaster Company.
"It was an honor to host Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning," said Col. Michelle M.T. Letcher, brigade commander for 16th Sust. Bde. "His engaged leadership during the visit inspired young leaders and allowed the brigade an opportunity to explain our diverse mission set."
During his tour, junior leaders in the Brigade briefed Fanning.
"I was given the opportunity to share my experiences building our fuel capabilities with our Allies through interoperability of our equipment," said Spc. Juan Gonzalez, a motor vehicle operator in 515th Transportation Company. "I would never imagine myself briefing the Secretary of the Army in Poland."
Fanning then helped celebrate the Army's 241st Birthday by cutting the cake.
"I'm very happy to be here and thank you for showing me all the things that you do that people literally can't live without," said Fanning. "After hearing all of the things you do, it is clear to me that you have all earned your cake."
Fanning's visit was a great Army birthday finale displaying all of the hard work the Soldiers of the 16th have contributed to Anakonda 16 and 'Strong Europe'.