FORT BELVOIR, Va., The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) celebrated the 247th Army birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony held in the Nolan Building, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, June 14.
On June 14, units at all levels across the Army host ceremonies celebrating the Second Continental Congress passing a resolution that created the Continental Army, and 247 years after that resolution passed, the U.S. Army continues to fight and win America's wars.
Col. Michael G. Dhunjishah, INSCOM deputy commander, presided over the ceremony. He spoke about this year's theme of 'Defending America 24/7' and the people serving in our all-volunteer Army.
"Today, we commemorate all who have answered the call to service since the Army's founding in 1775," said Dhunjishah. "Today, we celebrate the men and women who have chosen to serve their nation.”
Knowing that Soldiers wouldn’t be as successful without support, Dhunjishah was quick to thank Soldiers’ families for their contributions and sacrifices to our great nation.
“Let's not forget the families who are supporting their Soldiers,” said Dhunjishah. “We greatly appreciate the parents, spouses, and children for their contributions and sacrifices as their Soldiers train and deploy to defend our country."
Dhunjishah and John M. Bradsher, INSCOM acting chief of staff, cut the ceremonial birthday cake. At the ceremony's conclusion, Dhunjishah invited INSCOM's Soldiers, civilians and guests who attended to enjoy a piece of cake.
June 14 is more than just the Army's birthday. June 14 is also Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution officially creating the first American flag. It consisted of 13 stripes alternating in red and white and 13 white stars on a blue field. Over 100 years later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day.