• Post celebrates Army’s 242nd birthday

  • Army celebrates 242nd birthday.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Commanding General Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy officiated the celebration of the U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday with the re-enlistments of 11 soldiers combined with a cake-cutting ceremony June 14 at Grant Auditorium.
    Lundy said the birthday celebration was significant considering the Army is older than the nation. He said it was important to reflect upon sacrifices made by soldiers in uniform and their families.
    “The Army was founded the year before we signed the Declaration of Independence. As we think about an institution that is older than the nation it supports, it’s important to reflect upon sacrifices,” Lundy said. “It is important to remember the sacrifices of our Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in defense of freedom.”
    Lundy said sacrifice has always been part of the fabric of the nation. He said it is important to recall what the Army has done, but more important to reflect on the Army’s role in service to the entire nation.
    “The purpose of our Army is to serve the people of our country, and we are an Army made up of the people as well,” Lundy said. “That linkage is necessary for us to always remember in our profession because it shows we understand the responsibility of doing so instills confidence in us from the American people.”
    Lundy said he was honored to re-enlist “11 great Americans who have chosen to continue in the noble profession” of service. He said the ceremony allows the Army to retain its best, and then administered the re-enlistment oath to Sgt. 1st Class David Royer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks; Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Temple, HHC, Joint Regional Correctional Facility; Staff Sgt. Melissa French, HHC, Combined Arms Center; Staff Sgt. Michael Chesney, HHC, JRCF; Staff Sgt. Joshua Major, HHC, 705th Military Police Battalion (Detention); Sgt. Jesse Brown, 500th Military Police Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, CAC; Sgt. Monica Gonzalez, HHC, CAC; Sgt. Jacob Mahan, HHC, 705th; Spc. Devon Keiper, 67th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), Special Troops Battalion; Spc. Justin Peyton, 67th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), Special Troops Battalion; and, Spc. Thalik McDaniel, Mission Command Training Program.
    Fort Leavenworth Career Counselor Master Sgt. Germinie Turner assisted Lundy and CAC Command Sgt. Maj. David Turnbull with the presentation of the individual re-enlistment certificates. Lundy also presented each soldier with a commanding general’s coin.
    “It is a great way to recognize the importance of both occasions combining the 11 re-enlistments with the Army’s birthday celebration,” Turner said.
    Assisting Lundy and Turnbull with the ceremonial cutting of the Army birthday cake was Pvt. Austin Cochran, HHC, 705th, who was the youngest soldier present, at 18 years old.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I have been in the Army eight months and am working as a corrections specialist at the JRCF,” Cochran said. “It was a little bit intimidating to cut the cake with the commanding general, but it was a privilege and honor to be part of the ceremony.”
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