Pvt. Gregory Oxford, left, and Staff Sgt. Steven Abraham, both with 2nd Cavalry Regiment, cut the cake during 243rd Army Birthday celebration June 14, 2018, at the Stryker Inn Dining Facility on Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. (Photo by Annabelle Arcand, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs)


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria celebrated the U.S. Army’s 243 years of service to our nation June 14, 2018, at the Stryker Inn Dining Facility on Rose Barracks.


Today’s celebration, organized by 2nd Cavalry Regiment, honors the Army’s great history and the heroes from World War I to the present day using the theme “Over There!”


The modern Army was formed on June 14, 1784, by Congress following the American Revolutionary War. The modern Army was built on the roots of the Continental Army, which served during the American Revolution. Since its establishment, the modern-day Army has participated in multiple conflicts, including the Indian War, the Spanish American War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Cold War, as well as more recent efforts such as the war on terrorism.


“Today, the U.S. Army continues to lead the way in the effort to secure a more stable, peaceful world, and as always stands ready and able to defend our Country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” said 2nd Lt. Benjamin Solem, 2CR’s narrator for the event.


As the guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield, USAG Bavaria’s command sergeant major, spoke of the importance of the Army from its foundation to its current status as the key fighting force in the world and honoring our Soldiers’ impacts to today’s Army.


“Throughout our 243 years of history, our Soldiers and civilians supported emergency and humanitarian efforts across the United States, but more importantly across the globe,” said Sutterfield. “We also have optimized our interoperability with our allies and our partner nations.”

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