By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Friday we will celebrate the Army’s 244th birthday with the theme “America’s Army: Honoring the call to service from D-Day to today.”
Since 1775, Soldiers have given themselves over to a calling — a profession unlike any other in the world — and they have selflessly protected and defended our nation against all enemies.
They have stood for freedom and for the banner that has flown through 190 campaigns in order to preserve these United States.
As we enjoy our freedoms and celebrate our birthday, let us remember our flag and let us remember those dauntless forces from America, Great Britain and Canada who, 75 years ago, landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Over 160,000 Allied forces conducted one of the largest multinational amphibious military assaults in history, leading to both victory on the battlefield and enduring alliances.
On that morning, General Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged the troops saying, “I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill.”
Seventy-five years later, you — our Soldiers in uniform — continue to earn the trust of your chain of command and of the American people. Your desire to put service above self, your willingness to go into harm’s way for our citizens, your character, skills, and training make you worthy of our confidence as well as our gratitude.
To our military members, civilian workforce and family members, thank you for your service and for making this the greatest team on Earth.
We appreciate you and are so proud to serve with you.
Happy birthday, Army. This we’ll defend.
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.)