Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem honor 234 years of Army tradition and excellence with celebration at

By James-Denton WyllieJune 18, 2009

Confederate Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Brennan (left), engages Union Soldier Jimmy Manley during a Civil War battle reenactment during the Army birthday celebration festivities  at Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson June 16. In modern times, Brennan serves as the Individual Ready Reserve selective reserve transition NCO for the Army Reserve Career Division. Manley serves as the noncommissioned officer in charge for the G5 Plans Administration, Headquarters, First Army.
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Confederate Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Brennan (left), engages Union Soldier Jimmy Manley during a Civil War battle reenactment during the Army birthday celebration festivities at Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson June 16. In modern times, Brennan serves as the Individual Ready Reserve selective reserve transition NCO for the Army Reserve Career Division. Manley serves as the noncommissioned officer in charge for the G5 Plans Administration, Headquarters, First Army. (Photo Credit: Mr. Kevin Stabinsky (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
World War II and Korean War veterans from the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Veterans Group pose for a photo during Army birthday festivities.
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – World War II and Korean War veterans from the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Veterans Group pose for a photo during Army birthday festivities. (Photo Credit: Mr. Kevin Stabinsky (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Photos by Kevin Stabinsky
The cutting of the Army birthday cake is a tradition held at all Army birthday celebrations and is done by the youngest and oldest Soldier on the installation. This year, the oldest Soldier was Chief Warrent Officer 5 Wayne Ray, 59, a safety evaluator with the Aviation Resource Management Survey team, U.S. Army Forces Command (left) and the youngest was Pfc. Leandra Tessier, 18, a geospatial engineer with the 132nd Engineer Detachment, Fort Gillem (second from right). Also pictured are U.S. Army Garrison commander Col. Deborah Grays (second from left), guest of honor and Navy veteran Cecil Moncreif, 87,who processed through Fort McPherson Reception Center in 1943 (center), and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Carey, FORSCOM command sergeant major(right).
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Photos by Kevin Stabinsky The cutting of the Army birthday cake is a tradition held at all Army birthday celebrations and is done by the youngest and oldest Soldier on the installation. This year, the oldest Soldier was Chief Warrent Officer 5 Wayne Ray, 59, a safety evaluator with the Aviation Resource Management Survey team, U.S. Army Forces Command (left) and the youngest was Pfc. Leandra Tessier, 18, a geospatial engineer with the 132nd Engineer Detachment, Fort Gillem (second from right). Also pictured are U.S. Army Garrison commander Col. Deborah Grays (second from left), guest of honor and Navy veteran Cecil Moncreif, 87,who processed through Fort McPherson Reception Center in 1943 (center), and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Carey, FORSCOM command sergeant major(right). (Photo Credit: Mr. Kevin Stabinsky (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A member of the Team TAC, a civilian air soft tactical recreation team based out of Cleveland, Ohio, dismounts a hummer to provide security during a re-enactment of a special forces extraction of a wounded Soldier.
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A member of the Team TAC, a civilian air soft tactical recreation team based out of Cleveland, Ohio, dismounts a hummer to provide security during a re-enactment of a special forces extraction of a wounded Soldier. (Photo Credit: Mr. Kevin Stabinsky (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Photo by James-Denton Wyllie Staff Sgt. Detrick Traylor, a human resource specialist for G3, U.S. Army Reserve Command; Spc. Luke O\'Neill, an operations specialist with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison; Master Sgt. Mark Lauterbach, the sustainable range program manager for G3, USARC; Staff Sgt. Lavarez Blackwell, mobilization NCO, First Army; and Spc. Nykesha White, an administration specialist for G4, U.S. Army Central Command, represent the different phases of the United States Army throughout its 234-year history during the Army birthday celebration at Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson Tuesday. The post celebrated the day with speeches, demonstrations, displays and interactive event stations.
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Photo by James-Denton Wyllie Staff Sgt. Detrick Traylor, a human resource specialist for G3, U.S. Army Reserve Command; Spc. Luke O\'Neill, an operations specialist with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison; Master Sgt. Mark Lauterbach, the sustainable range program manager for G3, USARC; Staff Sgt. Lavarez Blackwell, mobilization NCO, First Army; and Spc. Nykesha White, an administration specialist for G4, U.S. Army Central Command, represent the different phases of the United States Army throughout its 234-year history during the Army birthday celebration at Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson Tuesday. The post celebrated the day with speeches, demonstrations, displays and interactive event stations. (Photo Credit: James-Denton Wyllie) VIEW ORIGINAL
Aca,!A"The most important thing during the Year of the NCO is talking about NCOs, how NCOs teach Soldiers how to be better Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Carey, FORSCOM command sergeant major
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Aca,!A"The most important thing during the Year of the NCO is talking about NCOs, how NCOs teach Soldiers how to be better Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Carey, FORSCOM command sergeant major (Photo Credit: James-Denton Wyllie) VIEW ORIGINAL
Aca,!A"AmericaAca,!a,,cs Army, the Soldiers, the Families and our invaluable Army civilians, epitomizes what is best about the United States,Aca,!A? said Col. Deborah B. Grays, Garrison commander, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem.
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Aca,!A"AmericaAca,!a,,cs Army, the Soldiers, the Families and our invaluable Army civilians, epitomizes what is best about the United States,Aca,!A? said Col. Deborah B. Grays, Garrison commander, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. (Photo Credit: James-Denton Wyllie) VIEW ORIGINAL

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