News: Third Army re-enlists 31 soldiers on Army’s birthday
Story by Cpl. Christopher Calvert
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Third Army celebrated the Army’s 236th birthday by hosting a re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 14. More than 30 Soldiers took the oath of reenlistment that was administered by Maj. Gen. Peter Vangjel, Third Army’s deputy commanding general.
“Not everybody can say they’ve reenlisted on the Army’s birthday,” said Sgt. Brian Mitchell, 428th Transportation Company, 6th Transportation Battalion, a wheeled vehicle mechanic serving alongside Third Army. “Re-enlisting today makes me feel especially proud, like I’m accomplishing the mission while standing to protect the people of the United States.”
Sgt. Maj. William Hayes, Third Army’s aviation operations senior enlisted advisor and acting Third Army command sergeant major, a Memphis, Tenn., native, spoke during the ceremony and further elaborated on the significance of each soldier’s dedication and commitment to their country.
“The Army is the strength of our nation thanks to the sacrifices of you and your families,” Sgt. Maj. Hayes said. “Soldiers are the nation’s most precious resources. Our mission is enduring, yet we hold fast and answer our nation’s call.”
The reenlistment ceremony took place on the Army’s 236th birthday, showcasing soldiers who have been repeatedly tested in an area of persistent conflict. Their re-enlistment illustrates soldiers who have grown stronger with a deeper commitment to the Army as a profession.
“On the occasion of our birthday, we want to thank each of you who have sacrificed for our freedom,” said Maj. Gen. Vangjel. “These are the soldiers and leaders who are making the commitment to provide the Army with more experience, and to stay part of a team who keeps this country strong and together.”
Third Army soldiers’ commitment to providing leadership has helped pave the way for the U.S. Army to be fully mission capable, ready to sustain the fight, and prepared to shape the future military endeavors.