Army Birthday: America's Army: Our Profession Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy

Special to GUIDON 

Service members, leaders, civilians, Families and teammates:

On Saturday, we will celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Army.  


On this historic day we will honor those — the men and women of America’s Army, our profession — who have proudly worn the Army uniform past and present.  

As members of the nation’s longest-serving military force, it is our duty to safeguard our foundation of trust; to uphold our values, customs and courtesies and to set new challenges for those Americans who will raise their right hands and follow us in service to the nation.

As we celebrate the Army birthday, it is  appropriate to reflect upon what we have accomplished in the past, while always looking toward the future.  

The Army of today is much different than your father’s and grandfather’s Army, and it will be much different two decades from now.  

It is our duty as leaders to ensure that we lead, train and develop people of character, competence, and commitment within our  profession. 

Each and every one of you is an integral part of the Fort Leonard Wood team, and we are proud to serve with you.  

Happy 239th birthday Army.

Maneuver support starts here. Army strong!

(Editor’s note: Smith is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Murphy is MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2014 )