Army

June 14, 2012

Army is 237 today and growing stronger

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Compiled by Robert Anderson
Staff Writer

“America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation” — Army Strong goes beyond physical endurance and mental preparedness. It encompasses an indomitable spirit and high ethical and moral values. These are not only desirable traits in a person but in a Nation that wishes to live up to the ideals and vision of its founders.

 

The following events will take place to celebrate the Army’s 237th Birthday:

Special Army Birthday library program

Fort Huachuca is celebrating the Army’s Birthday with a special story time for children today, 2 – 3 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma.

The program will be in the Mona Bishop Room. Representatives from the installation will read the “Army Birthday Book,” as well as “Sam the Army Dog.” There will also be music, crafts and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 458.4225.

 

Celebrate Army’s birthday

The U. S. Army Garrison and partner organizations will host the 237th Army Birthday Celebration on Friday starting at 6 a.m. on Warrior-Sentinel Fields. The event will consist of a run, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony. The run will form up at 5:30 a.m.

The public is invited to take place in both events.

Motorists should expect disruption to the flow of traffic on the morning of the event through its conclusion and participants’ departure.
 

1775 – 1783

American Revolutionary War

April 19, 1775: “Shot heard ‘round the world.’” Start of the American War for Independence.

June 14, 1775: Second Continental Congress makes the decision to establishing a permanent standing army to fight against Great Britain.

June 15, 1775: General George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, formally taking command on July 3, 1775.

 

June 18, 1812 – February 1815

The War of 1812

The United States again engaged in a conflict with Great Britain. Although the United States suffered losses at the hands of British, Canadian and Native Americans, the American Army was able to repel major advances of its enemy forces proving the value of a professional, well-trained standing Army.

 

Civil war Union Signal Tower at Cobb’s Hill, near New Market, Va., 1864.

 
 
 
 

April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865

American Civil War

The United States Army fought to mend the fractured Union. Won key victories over the Confederate army, while protecting the citizens of the south.
 
 
 
 
 

 

1864 – 1912

American Expansion and Settlement of the Southwest

The United States Army established camps and permanent forts between the Midwestern states and territories and California. Soldiers protect settlers as they move west.

 

Soldiers sit in the trenches during World War I.

 
 
 
 

1917 – 1919

World War I

April 1917: The U.S. declares war on Germany.
 
July 1918 – July 1919: approximately 2,000,000 soldiers served overseas under General John Pershing in the American Expeditionary Force.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

D-Day Landing, Soldiers wade through surf and Nazi gunfire to secure a beachhead during the Allied Invasion, June 6, 1944.

1941 – 1945

World War II

December 7, 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
 
1942 – 1945: The Island-hopping Campaign, led by Army General Douglas MacArthur, pushes across the Pacific islands to take them back from Japan.
 
June 6, 1944: D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Europe. The U.S. Army led the way by securing more than 50 miles of the French coastline to begin the push through Europe.

 

UH-1D helicopter of the 1st Cavalry arrive at a landing zone during Vietnam War.

 
 

1945 – 1991

Cold War

1950 – 1953: Korean War.
 
1965 – 1973: Vietnam War.
 
1991: Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
 
 
 

 

International Security Assistance Force service members conduct a patrol at an Afghan border patrol site during a mission in Karis Shorabak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2011.

 

2001 – Present

Global War on Terrorism

September 11, 2001: Attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon are the first large-scale terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
 
October 7, 2001 – Present: Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
March 20, 2003 – December 15, 2011: Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 




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