Fort Hunter Liggett Celebrates U.S. Army's 236th Birthday

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    The feast preparation is underway for the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday at the Fort Hunter Liggett Dining Facility June 14. Staff Sgt. Derrick D. Sims assists Staff Sgt. Amos Finch in barbecuing T- bone steaks for the luncheon feast. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    On June 16, the children from the Fort Hunter Liggett Multi Age Facility March in the Happy Birthday U.S. Army Parade through the Garrison Headquarters and present the U.S. Army’s Birthday Cards to the Garrison Commander Col. James Suriano. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    Sharon Usrey and Al Laxamana, from the Army Community Service, serve cake to attendees during the cake and ice cream reception lunch at the Army Community Services office. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    Colonel Gary Khalil (leading) and Master Sgt. Matthew Walker, both part of the Fort Hunter Liggett Installation Legal Office, running in the early morning as part of the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday Celebrations June 14 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calf. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    Leading the way, Lt. Col. Charles Jenks, starts the 5k Run; part of the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday Celebrations held on June 14 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calf. Jenks went on to win the 5K run. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    (Front to back) In celebration of the U.S. Army’s Birthday, Lt. Col. Charles Jenks, Col. James Suriano, and Col. Gary Khalil and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Newman from the Fort Hunter Liggett Command Staff serve the lunch time feast served June 14. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

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    On June 13, the Pre-School Class and their teacher, Leslee Flores from the Fort Hunter Liggett Multi Age Facility, assist Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Newman in making birthday cards for the U.S. Army. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Jones.

Celebrating 236 years for the U.S. Army Birthday on Fort Hunter Liggett By Eric W. Jones Public Affairs Specialist Fort Hunter Liggett

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. – On June 14, the Army’s 236th Birthday got off to a running start at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calf. The days’ celebrations started with an emphasis on Army fitness with a Walk Bike Run event held with the rising sun in the picturesque hills around the Cantonment area.

No Army can go very far without good food; the next event was at the dining facility where the staff prepared a luncheon feast of barbecued T- bone steaks, ribs and stuffed salmon. The Soldiers had the added benefit of lunch being served by the Garrison Command Staff.

Who loves a birthday party more than children? The Pre-School Class form the post Multi Age Facility got in to the action the day before when they assisted Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Newman in making Birthday cards for the Army, these cards were presented at the cake and ice cream reception following lunch at the Army Community Services office. The cutting of the cake was assisted by the oldest and the youngest Soldiers in attendance. ”The families, know most of all, the sacrifices that are faced everyday and we thank them for those sacrifices,” said the Garrison Commander Col. James Suriano, during the reception thanking the Army Families for their support.

The following day pre-school children got in to the action again with an impromptu Happy Birthday Parade where they marched through the halls and offices of the Garrison Headquarters singing Happy Birthday to the Army waving flags blowing horns and beating drums.

The Army was created by the Continental Congress June 14, 1775, with George Washington as its Commander. The Army birthday is celebrated to honor the spirit of the Army, the Army families and to honor the Nation it serves.

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