WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. — Watervliet Arsenal celebrated 208 years of service and support to America’s military with a cake-cutting ceremony lead by the arsenal's 61st commander Col. Earl B. Schonberg Jr. July 14.
Members of the arsenal workforce joined Schonberg and arsenal leaders in recognizing the significant contributions the arsenal has made to the nation's defense throughout its history.
“As the oldest continuously active arsenal in the United States, Watervliet Arsenal has provided much needed ordnance and materiel in all but one of America’s conflicts—the Revolutionary War,” Schonberg said during remarks to members of the arsenal workforce. “I am confident, with your hard work, America will be able to continue relying on Watervliet Arsenal and our critical mission to support our nation’s defense.”
Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest continuously active arsenal in the United States, having begun operations during the War of 1812. Today's arsenal is relied upon by the U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannons, howitzers and mortar systems.