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U.S. Army’s 246th Birthday

Monday, June 14, 2021

What is it?

The U.S. Army was established June 14, 1775. This year marks 246 years of America’s Army serving and protecting the nation. The Army commemorates this birthday by: “Honoring the Courage of the American Soldier.” It highlights compelling stories of Soldiers from Active, Guard and Reserve components, as well as Army Families, Army Civilians, retirees and veteran Soldiers for Life. It also celebrates the courage of Army Soldiers to stand behind their oath to protect the American Way of life, a commitment that is part of the Army’s legacy

American Soldiers have a strong bond with the American flag, and June 14 is also Flag Day.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Since its establishment, U.S. Army Soldiers and civilians have shown selfless service in support of the nation bearing true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, their units and fellow team members.

No matter the challenges faced, the Army has always and will always be there when needed to support the nation. Defending the nation requires commitment to the Army values by all Army people, including treating everyone with respect, working and fighting as one team and always doing what’s right. The Army honors all its people for their long-standing legacy of service, generation after generation.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army is evolving in response to increasingly dynamic global challenges by:

  • Placing people first, sustaining readiness by ensuring an inclusive culture and maximizing talent.
  • Leading development and fielding of advanced technology in support of the Joint Force.
  • Opening operational and strategic doors in the Indo-Pacific and Europe via training and developing stronger ally relationships.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is one of America’s first national institution. There is a deep and powerful bond between the Army, the flag and the nation. Army’s history of coming together to get a job done is part of the enduring fabric of America’s legacy.

Soldiers, Army Civilians, retirees and veteran Soldiers for Life embody the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. The Army is proud of all its people for their long-standing courage to answer the call to service and make the communities better.


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Focus Quote for the Day

As we celebrate the 246th Birthday of the United States Army, we honor all those who serve and strive to live up to the legacy of our heroes of generations past. When the nation called, the Army responded. This past year, our Soldiers and civilians have protected the nation from threats around the world while supporting the whole-of-nation fight against the coronavirus, responding to civil unrest, and protecting Americans from hurricanes and wildfires. It is truly a privilege to serve with the greatest Soldiers in the world.

— Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville