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CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea--Camp Humphreys kicked off the Army's 244th Birthday Celebration with a bang, in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Downtown Plaza, here, June 14.

The day-long celebration featured various activities, including inflatable board games and mini golf, healthy food tastings, food trucks, local vendors, trivia games, and crafts.

Col. Scott W. Mueller, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander, along with USAG Humphreys Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation leadership, participated in the event welcoming patrons.

"This Army celebration is for the Humphreys community," he said. "We are here because of the sacrifices that men and women made for our country and our Army. That is why it was important to ask the community to actually help cut the ribbon and the Army birthday cake."

This year's birthday theme is "America's Army: Honoring the Call to Service from D-Day to Today." This theme allows the Army to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of its total force.

According to the U.S. Army website, since its establishment, the Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of the nation. Readiness remains the Army's number one priority, and has been the cornerstone of the Army's ability to serve wherever needed during its 244-year legacy.

After the cake cutting ceremony, the event continued as the patrons viewed the brand new building signs for the Downtown Lanes Bowling Center, Arts and Crafts, and the Recreation Center. They were also challenged to "Ride the Bull" at Texas Roadhouse, also located in the plaza.

The Eighth Army Band performed a few song selections for attendees, including children from the Child Development Center, wearing their "Party Animal" shirts, donated by FMWR.

"This is a good experience for the kids to celebrate the Army," said Marie Turner, a military spouse at the event. "They really love the water fountain and I appreciate all the work it took to put this event together just for the Humphreys community."

Kimberly Williams, an FMWR marketing and advertising specialist, and coordinator for the event, shared the importance of community partnerships when planning an event of this magnitude.

"The process of planning this event further emphasized the importance of collaboration and the necessity for partnerships," she said. "This event would not have been as great as it was, without the support of our friends at the Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency, and the USAG Humphreys Department of Public Works. Their enthusiasm and willingness to assist with the development and execution of the event was a testament to the power of partnerships, enhanced synergy and esprit de corps."

"It was great seeing the community come together, and our hope is to continue to establish and deliver elite programs and services to USAG Humphreys," Williams added.

Humphreys Family Movie Theater, the Exchange shopping center, and the Commissary are also located in the Downtown area.

For more information on FMWR social and dining experiences at Camp Humphreys, please visit