On Friday, June 14th, 2019, the United States Army turns 244!
Founded in 1775, the Army is actually older that the nation that is serves. At the time, the United States was still the United Colonies, and the first US soldiers fought for our nation’s independence.
During the beginning of the American Revolution, each colony leaned on their own volunteer militia for protection and service. There was no unification or formal chain of command from colony to colony, so it was a struggle for militias to work together. Before confronting the highly trained, professional British troops near Boston, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress realized they would need help from the other colonies and sought out the Second Continental Congress’s approval to assume authority of the New England army. 10 companies of riflemen from different colonies were combined, thus birthing what we know today as the United States Army.
A couple of fun facts about the United States Army:
George Washington was the first Commander in Chief. He formally took command on July 3rd, 1775.
The Army is the largest branch of the military. It employs over 1 million people and is actually America’s second largest employer, behind Walmart.
There are nearly 160 Army bases around the world. Construction on Fort Leonard Wood, where we are located, began in 1940.
On Fort Leonard Wood, the occasion will be kicked off with the US Army Birthday Run at 5:30 a.m. from Gammon Field. There will then be a cake cutting at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Hall Atrium and the Commanding General’s Army Birthday Golf Scramble at the Piney Valley Golf Course at noon. Join in on the fun - the golf scramble is open to the public ages 18 and up!
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