FORT MOORE, Ga. – Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders held a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Army’s 248th Birthday, June 14, in observance of Army Heritage Month at Marshall Auditorium.
For 248 years America’s Army has challenged, empowered, and equipped our Soldiers to be all they can be, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Simmering, Armor School Commandant, who presided over the Army Cake-Cutting Ceremony.
Not only did the MCoE celebrate the legacy of the Army, its Army Heritage observance also commemorated the diverse cultures and backgrounds of the individuals who serve within its ranks.
“June is Army Heritage Month, and this year we set up display tables to some of the different diversities that make up our Army,” said Master Sgt. Jonathan Kloberdanz, an Equal Opportunity Program Manager.
Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor all who have served the nation by serving in the Army.
“It’s important to remember people first and to treat everyone the same equally. So, dignity and respect come from our leaders. Then everything else comes together as professional[s] serving in the Army,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michelle McCants, an Eye Specialist at Martin Army Community Hospital.
“Our display table is about Hispanic Heritage Month," said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Davila, an Infantry Mortarman. “We have Soldiers that come from different cultures, and we learn from each other’s cultures, and that diversity makes our community stronger and makes the Army stronger,” Davila said.
“Our display table is about the 761st Tank Battalion ‘Black Panthers,’ [the] first black tank battalion that served in World War II that saw combat. It’s covering Black history month – of (African Americans) and what they had to go through coming into the Army,” said Staff Sgt. Leonard Little, a Calvary Scout with 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment.
In addition to Hispanic heritage and African American/Black history, Heritage observance tables also featured women’s equality, Juneteenth Freedom Day, Native American heritage, LGBTQ Pride, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage.