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Happy 241ST Army Birthday!

Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.

The U.S. Army's 241st Birthday is June 14, 2016, a day we celebrate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. The American Soldier trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world's premier land force.

The American Soldier -- Always Ready, Always Leading

Today, as in years past, Soldiers serve as the cornerstone of the Army Profession. As Army Professionals, we are grateful for the opportunity to maintain the trust and confidence of the American people while adding to our legacy of 241 years strong.

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    I am reminded that the backbone of our Army team will always be our noncommissioned officers. They truly develop an incredible proficiency and professionalism in our Soldiers.

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army
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    Few understand the missions of the Army. In addition to winning wars, the Army deters enemies, assures allies, builds partner capacity, enables the joint fight through foundational capabilities and responds to national emergencies like we see today with floods and severe weather.

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning
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    Every leader at every level has an obligation to do everything possible to safeguard America's sons and daughters.

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

    SMA Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
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    Our Soldiers are the crown jewel of the Nation; we must love them, protect them and always keep faith with them.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army
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    We must answer the call to live by the Army Values.

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army
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    Our most valued assets, indeed, the Nation's most valued assets, are our Soldiers and our solemn commitment must always be to never send them into harm's way untrained, poorly led, undermanned, or with less than the best equipment we can provide.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army
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    It takes a generation to build an Army. It's not just the privates but the senior enlisted who lead them.

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning
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    Readiness for ground combat is - and will remain - the U.S. Army's #1 priority, and there is no other #1.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army
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    We must answer the call to live by the Army Values.

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army
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    I learned from an early age the importance of service and developed a deep respect and admiration for the sacrifices of those in uniform and their families.

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning
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    No matter where we are around the world, America's Soldiers are displaying courage, commitment and character. We are displaying unparalleled competence and agility.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army
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    The Army profession is built on trust, and holding true to that trust, our Nation expects our competence, commitment and character to reflect our Army Values both at home and abroad.

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

    SMA Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
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    The Army's greatest strength is, of course, its Soldiers; over one million of them in the Active, Guard and Reserve.

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning

    Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning
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    PT might not be the most important thing you do that day, but it is the most important thing you do every day in the United States Army. The bottom line is, wars are won between 6:30 and 9.

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

    SMA Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
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    There is not a military force throughout history that ever succeeded in the crucible of ground combat that has not had good order and discipline in its ranks.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army
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    NCOs are the morale officers. You don't have to be everyone's friend, but you do have to be positive all the time.

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

    SMA Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
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    A ready Army provides America with the strength to deter our most dangerous threats, assure our allies and prepare our force for potential future conflicts.

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army

    Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army
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    Every leader at every level has an obligation to do everything possible to safeguard America's sons and daughters.

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

    SMA Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
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    It is readiness that allows us to close with and destroy the enemies of our country in order to defend and protect our Nation and its people.

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army

    June

    14

    Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, Va.

    0930 - 1000

    June

    15

    Capitol Hill Cake Cutting

    Capitol Visitor Center Atrium

    1400 - 1500

    Twilight Tattoo

    Summerall Field, Ft. Myer, Va.

    1900 - 2000

    June

    15

    Twilight Tattoo

    Summerall Field, Ft. Myer, Va.

    1900 - 2000

    June

    17

    Pentagon Cake Cutting

    Pentagon Courtyard

    1500 - 1600

    June

    17

    ARMY STAFF RUN

    Ft. Myer, Arlington, VA

    0700 - 0800

    June

    18

    Army Birthday Ball

    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

    1700 - 2400

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    Preserving the Army Profession

    America's Army was founded, June 14, 1775. Under the new Constitution enacted in 1789, it became a military department of the federal government, a hierarchical bureaucratic institution. Many decades later, by the early 1900s, generations of foresighted Army leaders slowly transformed the Army into the modern professional entity of which we are members today.

    The first cohort professionalized by today's standards was the officer corps. It developed a codified body of expert military knowledge in land warfare doctrine, instituted formal programs of career-long military education, and cultivated a unique military culture grounded in the Army ethic of honorable service to the nation. Because of these and other such advancements listed above, bonds of trust between the Army and the American people began to grow.

    For many years, some believed that only officers were professionals. But in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, while rebuilding the hollow Army of the 1970s, such status was extended through professional development to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and Army civilians as their vital contributions and value to the profession gained recognition.

    The Army as an institution has a dual character. It is both a governmental occupation within a military department organized as a hierarchical bureaucracy and, more recently, recognized collectively as a military profession. These two aspects of the institution - bureaucracy and profession - have very different characteristics, ethics, and ways of behaving. Both aspects are necessary within the variety of organizations and functions within the Army, but overall the challenge is to keep the predominant culture and climate of the Army as that of a military profession.

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