News: ‘First in Support’ command celebrates 238th Army Birthday
Story by Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Soldiers of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command celebrated the Army birthday, which was founded June 14, 1775, with several events throughout the Kaiserslautern Military Community, June 13.
The festivities began with an early morning ‘esprit de corps’ run at Rhine Ordnance Barracks. Soldiers from the 21st TSC headquarters, 7th Civil Support Command, 18th Military Police Brigade and the 409th Contracting Support Brigade ran and sang cadence on the six-kilometer route. The run ended with a refreshing spray of water provided by two local fire trucks.
“We are here this morning to enjoy a little run in celebration of the Army’s 238th birthday. For 238-years-old you all look outstanding,” Maj. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, the commanding general of the 21st TSC, told the formation. “The goal this morning was to have fun and build morale, I think we accomplished that.”
Later that morning on Panzer Field, the ‘First in Support’ command hosted a cake-cutting and birthday ceremony with a historical twist. Before cutting into the birthday cake, soldiers dressed in Army uniforms from throughout history hung campaign streamers on the Army colors.
“This morning we’ll honor the Army flag by recounting the rich and glorious history of our Army for the past 238 years,” said Staff Sgt. Nubia Asca, the 21st TSC schools noncommissioned officer and a native of Miami. “These streamers are a reflection of this nation’s will to preserve freedom, no matter what the cost.”
Soldiers from the 21st TSC dressed in uniforms from the Revolutionary War to Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple campaigns in between came forward and hung their streamers. With each group of streamers came music from that time period and a brief history of the Army’s contributions to the fight.
“This is a great way to celebrate the Army’s birthday and show its history,” said Pfc. Shane T. Waite, a 21st TSC intelligence analyst and a native of Cleveland. “It’s great to let everyone here know how the Army developed and all the great things we have done.”
The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775 as a revolutionary force prepared to confront the British. Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee to regulate their new Army.