11 July 2017
The U.S. Army Celebrates its 242nd Year

Photo by Seigfried Bruner, USAG Visual Information
Army leaders, Soldiers, civilians and elected officials gathered on the Blue and Grey field at Fort Detrick June 14 to celebrate the U.S. Army's 242nd birthday.

This year's theme is "Over There! A celebration of the World War I Soldier" commemorating the United States' entry into World War I.

The U.S. Army's Birthday is a day to celebrate the total Army force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians and their contributions to national defense.

During the cake cutting portion of the ceremony, Col. Scott Halter, US Army Garrison commander at Fort Detrick (center), Col. Neal Woollen, DOD Biological Select Agents and Toxins Biosafety Program Office director (left) and Pfc. Trevor Reece, the oldest and youngest Soldiers assigned to Fort Detrick, join together for the ceremonial first cut.
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