Happy 240th Birthday, U.S. Army!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two hundred forty 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.

This year, we celebrate 240 years of selfless service to the nation. Selfless service is at the core of what it means to be a Soldier - putting the welfare of others ahead of oneself. The willingness of our Soldiers - to place themselves in harm's way and to protect our nation's freedoms - is what makes us the premier all-volunteer force. The Army has served proudly, faithfully, and selflessly for 240 years, and we remain steadfast in our commitment.

Birthday greetings from Army senior leaders:

Secretary of the Army John McHugh

For more than 240 years, our Army has served America with extraordinary Soldiers, Families and civilians who are committed to selfless service. Today, we celebrate the competence, character and professionalism of these Soldiers - past and present - who make up our nation's premier, all-volunteer Army. On this very special day, on behalf of a grateful nation, we'd like to wish all of you a very Happy Birthday.

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

On our Army's 240th birthday, we remember who we are, Soldiers -- America's trusted professionals. Happy Birthday, United States Army!

Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn

We celebrate 240 years of selfless service to the nation on June 14th, 2015. I'm excited to share in this celebration with an institution that continues to transform itself to meet the needs of our great democracy and still remains the rock of stability in an unpredictable world, we can all be very proud of our Army as we deliver the best trained, best lead and most capable land forces in our history, while developing leaders of incredible competence enduring commitment and extraordinary character to lead in the defense of our nation. Happy Army birthday. God bless you and Army strong.

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

Throughout this nation's history, millions of men and women have fought for our freedoms. Today is no different, as we have over 140,000 Soldiers deployed or forward stationed protecting our nation's freedoms. Happy Birthday, United States Army!


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I believe the Army is the one service that truly represents the diversity and strength of our nation. Our regular Soldiers, our citizen-Soldiers, our dedicated Army civilians represent what is best about our country our diversity and our ability to understand why our nation is different from any other nation in the world because of the freedoms and liberties we fight for.

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno kicked off the cake-cutting, making several points to the audience of congressional and senior Army leaders and their staffs and guests in the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, June 10, for the first of several cake-cuttings throughout the week in celebration of the Army's 240th birthday.

Army's 240th birthday celebrated at U.S. Capitol

Army.mil: 240th Army Birthday!


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