My SAABs and I
Guess who is turning 237 today?
by, Thu 14 June 2012 at 15:40 (623 Views)
Today is the United States Army's 237th birth day. On 14 June 1775 the Continental Army was established, before the creation of the United States, to meet the demands of the Revolutionary War. In 3 June 1784 the United States Army was officially created by the Congress, and it has its roots on the Continental Army.
Never mind the politics that move the Army and what it does for the United States Government. The United States Army is formed of US citizens and residents that come straight out of the general population, whether they are double master degree literature majors, or high school graduates who joined at seventeen. US Soldiers are a very diverse mix, with diverse national and ethnical backgrounds, gender, and religious beliefs. Almost 20% are foreign born. I have met US Soldiers born in Nepal, Finland, Germany, England, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Mexico, and countless other countries.
In this 237th birthday of the United States Army I would like to congratulate the Army and the millions of Soldiers who have served with distinction, each and every one of them having in some small or large way improved the Army and made it into the professional fighting force it is today.
And of course, let's also not forget our fallen, those who gave the nation their all and are now missed from our ranks. Like my good friend Staff Sergeant Charlie Bagwell of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, who was died on 30 May 2007 when the helicopter he crewed was shot down in Afghanistan. I met Charlie in 2002, we were room mates in our barracks in Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Charlie had a strong southern drawl, and it took me a while to understand his English! He was a very funny guy, always seemed to have a smile on his face. Charlie and countless others knew the dangers of their profession and yet did it day in and day out, answering a call few do. Damned be the merits of the politics that take us to war, praised be the merits of men and women like SSG Bagwell.
So, happy birthday US Army. May you have another 237 years of great men and women serving in your ranks.