Army celebrates 238th birthday

Story submitted by the Fort Campbell Courier

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – For 238 years, the U.S. Army has been the strength of our nation. The establishment of the Continental Army began our noble calling as Soldiers in defending our country and citizenry. We’ve done this through continued honor, loyalty and bravery no matter the challenge or conflict.

The way we train, deploy, fight and redeploy is much more intensive that what our colonial counterparts experienced and encountered. At the same time, they endured their own hardships and sacrifices. Yet, we are the same in the way we have remained true in the defense of our country.

The Minutemen and local militias of our original colonies, who won our hard fought freedom, have grown into an Army with a presence encompassing nearly 150 countries on six of seven continents.

Our core values, competence, adaptability and resolute commitment define us as professionals and ensure that we successfully defend our shores, defeat our enemies abroad and help mankind in times of natural disaster. The Army as a profession continues to set itself apart and earn the respect and admiration of our Nation.

We are especially fortunate at Fort Campbell to be surrounded by supportive communities in which our Soldiers and their Families reside. Know that they too celebrate our Army’s birthday and have much to do with making Fort Campbell a wonderful place to live, work and retire.

Yes, the Army of today is vastly different from that of the Continental Army. We have been at war for more than a decade. Technology has changed the way we operate on the battlefield. It is often difficult to distinguish between friend and foe. But common to both then and now, American Soldiers have always bravely stepped forward, marched toward the sound of battle, and given everything to provide for our security, thus giving all Americans a better, safer future. Our Soldiers, Families and civilians have done everything this country has asked of them and more.

As we celebrate the Army’s birthday, I urge you to reflect on our rich heritage of core values, beliefs and resiliency. Thank you for your service to our country and the sacrifices you and your Family make to keep our nation free and strong. And thank you for all you do in making Fort Campbell a world class Army Home.

Happy birthday Army…Hooah, Air Assault and Army Strong!