JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Regional Health Command-Pacific and Madigan Army Medical Center celebrated the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps' 101st anniversary June 29 with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Madigan pond.

Brig. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, commanding general, RHC-P, and an MSC officer, provided brief remarks before cutting a cake alongside the youngest MSC officers in attendance, by age and rank: 1st Lt. Liston Barber, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 62nd Medical Brigade; and 2nd Lt. Jeremy Todd, C Company, Madigan Troop Battalion.

The roots of the Medical Service Corps date back to June 30, 1917, when the Army created the Sanitary Corps in World War I, bringing together diverse medical skills and specialties. Thirty years later, congress officially established the Medical Service Corps, which today boasts about 9,000 Soldiers who ensure the health and wellness of more than 9.4 million beneficiaries.