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The U.S. Army’s 243rd Birthday

Today is both U.S. Flag Day and the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army was established on June 14, 1775, and On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. Happy birthday to my fellow Army brothers! Be proud of your service in an Army that dates back to 1775, under the command of General George Washington. And today, let us all fly our flags proudly and reflect on our nation’s history and what the flag means to each of us. Let’s remember why this nation was founded, what it took to secure our liberty, and reflect on how many members of our own families served under that flag.  –  Stewart Rhodes

 Thursday, June 14, 2018

What is it?

The U.S. Army was established on June 14, 1775, and this year marks 243 years of continuous defense to the nation while commemorating and focusing on the ongoing WWI centennial milestones.

This year’s Army birthday theme, Over There! A Celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to Present Day, allows the Army to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the force.

What has the Army done / is doing?

The Army entered the world stage as a coalition power during WWI, creating a force of enduring legacy for today’s professional Army. During WWI, the Army also went through a big shift in technology. This war was a catalyst to the Army becoming the worlds’ most adaptive and competent land force in history. Today’s Army is modernizing to innovate and adapt concepts, equipment and training to be ready for the next challenge.

America’s Army has stood ready to serve the nation for 243 years. Today’s Soldiers and civilians stand ready to meet any challenge. Readiness has been the cornerstone of the Army’s ability to serve wherever needed during its 243-year legacy, and readiness remains the Army’s number one priority.

The Army honors its Soldiers and civilians and their legacy of brave service to the nation. In doing so, the Army seeks to increase awareness of its role and mission in support of the nation.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will remain ready to fight, and it will continue to adapt and modernize to remain the most lethal land force in the world. Army Civilians and Soldiers will continue to maintain the trust and confidence of the American people while adding to the proud legacy of the Army.

Why is this important to the Army?

Observing the Army’s 243rd birthday provides an opportunity for everyone in the Army to reach out and tell their Army stories to the nation. In addition, by observing the ongoing WWI centennial milestones, there is opportunity to highlight the contributions of Army heroes from WWI to present day.

More on the U.S. Army here.

Photo: Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, stand in formation at Fort Wainwright’s Hangar 5, Oct. 31, 2017. About 100 Task Force Dragon Soldiers returned to Alaska following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by John Pennell)