By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
On Sunday, June 14, we celebrate the 245th Army Birthday and National Flag Day to recognize our history and the banner which has flown through 190 campaigns in defense of the United States of America.
The United States Army was founded on June 14, 1775, to fight in the American Revolution which resulted in the foundation of our nation one year later. Then, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act which established an official flag for our new nation.
Since then, we’ve continued to defend our nation and its citizens while living the Army Values of loyalty, duty and respect — no matter the challenge or conflict.
Though our COVID-19 environment requires us to vastly reduce the size of our celebrations this year, we will always recognize and honor the courage of the brave men and women whose selfless service gave way to a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Today, we encourage you to join us via livestream on the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. for the Army Birthday ceremony, cake cutting and retreat.
Thank you for your service to our nation and our Team of Teams. Happy Birthday, Army!
Victory Starts Here…Victory Through Skill!
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)