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Fort Rucker celebrates Army birthday with events, parade

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson and President of the National Defense University Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, along with the youngest Soldier present at the ceremony, cut an Army Birthday cake during a celebration commemorating the Army’s 239th birthday. The event was held in the Roosevelt Hall Rotunda at the National War College on Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C., June 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson and President of the National Defense University Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, along with the youngest Soldier present at the ceremony, cut an Army Birthday cake during a celebration commemorating the Army’s 239th birthday. The event was held in the Roosevelt Hall Rotunda at the National War College on Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C., June 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

Published: June 13, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (June 13, 2014) -- The Army is celebrating its 239th birthday June 14, and Fort Rucker is getting in on the celebration.

Many events are being held around the installation to give thanks to Soldiers, veterans, retirees and their Families for all the sacrifices they have made for the good of the U.S.

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide several special events to help celebrate the Army’s 239th birthday. Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is proud to be a part of a commitment to our Soldiers providing them with the opportunities to celebrate this historic occasion,” said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director.

Erdlitz said she hopes the entire community can join DFMWR in celebrating the occasion by attending events throughout the month.

People can test their mettle by competing in the Fort Rucker Army Strong Triathlon held June 21 at West Beach, in honor of the Army’s birthday. For more information, call 255-2296.

Rucker Lanes is celebrating the Army’s birthday all month long with xtreme Army birthday bowling. Every Saturday at Rucker Lanes, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., military I.D. card holders and a guest will receive a special two-for-$15 rate. For more information, call 255-9503.

The Landing Zone is celebrating the event with free cake for patrons that stop by June 13 at 11 a.m. Free cake will be given out while supplies last.

“The ceremonial cake cutting at The Landing Zone is just one symbolic way of recognizing the significance of this occasion,” said Erdlitz. “My only wonder is who’s going to blow out all those candles?”

The child development center will be having a celebration parade for Families June 13 at 9:30 a.m. outside the facility.

The two dining facilities will hold an Army birthday celebration June 13 with a cake cutting, a photography display and a special menu, which will be open to retirees, Family members and Department of the Army civilians.

The DFAC in Bldg. 5914 will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Bldg. 6204 will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for lunch is $7.70, and the menu features prime rib, barbeque ribs and shrimp.

“One of the main reasons to have the community and installation celebrate the Army birthday together is to promote a strong and powerful relationship. From this only positive things will grow,” said Gregory Finch, food service specialist.

“Strong ties that emerge from the bonding of Army members and their community counterparts epitomize the objective of fostering local partnerships that improve the quality of life for military members and their Families,” he added. “There is no better way to accomplish this goal than to sit down to a glorious repast at one of our dining facilities.”

Whether it is eating a piece of cake or marching down the street in Army colors, Erdlitz hopes everyone finds a way to celebrate all that the Army has done defending the nation.

“Those who participate in the Army Strong Triathlon are my heroes.  The commitment to endure that event is amazing, and you must be Army Strong to take part in that event,” she said. “However you plan to celebrate the Army’s birthday, we hope to remind you of the strength of our Army, our Soldiers, our Families and hope everyone can enjoy the many celebrations offered this year as we celebrate the Army’s birthday.”

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/127945/

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