FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Fort Irwin celebrated the Army’s 241st birthday with a special PRE-BIRTHDAY cake cutting ceremony at DFAC No. 1 for the general public and Soldiers June 10.
Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, National Training Center (NTC) commander, was on hand to join the oldest Soldier present (the WACH’s Col. Eric Sabety) and the youngest service member (Corp. Cassidy Veazey) in cutting one of the Army birthday cakes. NTC Command Sgt Maj Edison M. Rebuck also took part in the ceremony. “Tuesday is the Army’s birthday and it’s a day we observe every year to celebrate our heritage all the way back to the Continental Army,” said Martin. “It’s a great day to remember what the Army has done over the past 241 years.”
“It’s like the passing of the torch from one to the other,” said Veazey. “I am looking forward to the cake cutting Tuesday at the hospital DFAC – This is an honor and it means a lot. But more importantly, it’s a time-out to remember the legions of Soldiers and Families who have served beginning in colonial times and over the years.”