Fort Benning marks 242nd Army birthday

Soldiers and civilians gathered for the Army birthday cake-cutting ceremony, June 14, 2017, in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. As tradition dictates, Staff Sgt. Michael Wilbanks, 51, from the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, pictured center, represented the oldest Soldier present to help cut the cake while Col. Andrew Cole, Maneuver Center of Excellence Chief of Staff, pictured left, helped cut the cake and delivered remarks during the ceremony. Command Sgt. Major Timothy Metheny, MCoE Command Sgt. Major, looks on. (Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

 

Submitted by Fort Benning Public Affairs Office /

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Fort Benning celebrated the Army’s 242nd birthday June 14 with an observance and cake-cutting ceremony, allowing Soldiers to take a few moments from their day to reflect on the Army’s distinguished history.

Soldiers and civilians gathered for the Army birthday cake-cutting, ceremony, June 14, 2017, in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Pvt. Samuel Baker, 18, assigned to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, pictured right, represented one of the youngest Soldiers on Fort Benning and helped Command Sgt. Major Timothy Metheny, Maneuver Center of Excellence Command Sgt. Major, cut the traditional cake.

Pvt. Samuel Baker, 18, assigned to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, pictured right, represented one of the youngest Soldiers on Fort Benning and helped Command Sgt. Major Timothy Metheny, Maneuver Center of Excellence Command Sgt. Major, cut the traditional Army birthday cake.

Maneuver Center of Excellence Chief of Staff, Col. Andrew Cole, spoke about the importance of remembering all the sacrifices made to keep our country strong.

“It’s our opportunity to remember where we came from. So in our instance, 242 years ago is when the first Continental Army was established. And so that’s where we get our heritage and our lineage from,” said Cole.

In keeping with a unique Army tradition, it is customary for one of the oldest Soldier’s on the installation to share the cake cutting duty with one of the youngest Soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Michael Wilbanks, 51, from the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment and Pvt. Samuel Baker, 18, from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, performed the cake cutting for the Army birthday festivities.

Our Army heritage is a tapestry of rich design, deeply hued with the blood of Soldiers and embroidered with deeds of bravery, service and sacrifice.  It is a heritage recounting valor and dedication to the ideals of duty, honor, and love of country.  Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

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