By Gini SinclairJune 27, 2011
ILLESHEIM, Germany - The U.S. Army turned 236 on Tuesday and U. S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the day in style with a community-wide birthday party on and around the pedestrian zone at Storck Barracks here. The party kicked off at 2:36 p.m.
Community organizations provided information on programs such as substance abuse, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, military police conducted a bicycle registry and distributed child identity kits. Games and food rounded out the event.
Games included a climbing wall, bungee cord rides, jumping castles, paintball, a dunking booth and an electronic game of skill where players touched colored lighted discs. Family Readiness Groups set up food booths and sold nachos, gumbo, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, French fries and pretzels.
Just like every birthday party this one was not complete without a cake. Pfc. LaBrea Barnfield, task organizer, S-3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, cut the cake as the youngest Soldier assigned here. Following the cake cutting Barnfield led the group in singing a rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the U.S. Army.
The weather didn’t cooperate, sending spotty rain showers but the rides and fun continued.
In the evening both Col. Christopher M. Hickey, commander, USAG Ansbach and Col. Robert C. Doerer, commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, took a turn in the dunk tank, set up and run by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. A hypnotist demonstrated his skills in the newly dedicated Colonel Louis J. Storck Community Activity Center.