U.S. Army Celebrates 248th Birthday
Reported By 1SG C.Brock
Today, the Army celebrates over two centuries of service to our nation. The Continental Congress established the Army on June 14th, 1775, making it the oldest branch of service.
First formed as 10 Rifle Companies to unify Colonial forces, the Army has grown exponentially over the course of its history. It currently numbers over 1 million Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard personnel, with more than 140,000 stationed in over 140 countries.
Throughout United States history, American Soldiers have fought in dozens of conflicts, facing off against countless enemies around the globe. These men and women have always stood true, protecting the freedoms and opportunities the men before them earned the hard way. From the very beginning, the Army has earned the respect of a proud nation and a grateful world.
Always working to improve itself, the U.S. Army continues to develop its organization, personnel, and military capabilities. Currently undergoing a renaissance after two decades of combat, Army leaders are always preparing for whatever may come their way. Despite the uncertainties of an ever-changing world, today’s Soldiers stand ready to close with and engage any and all potential enemies of the future.
As General George Washington once wrote: “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.”
Happy birthday, Army!