Leaders Honor Army's 235th Birthday

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • The official cake for the Army's 235th birthday celebration awaits the beginning of festivities in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. More than 30 million men and women have served in the Army since Continental Congress established the service on June 14, 1775. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • From left to right, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston; Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.; Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrive at the Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. Gates later joined Army leaders in making the first cut to a giant birthday cake. DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. delivers opening remarks at the observance of the Army's  235th birthday at the Pentagon, June 14, 2010. Other speakers included Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, seated left, and Army Secretary John M. McHugh. DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. reenlists soldiers during the Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • From left to right, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.; Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston pass the sword after they collectively cut the cake for the Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr, second from left, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston cut a cake to mark the Army’s 235th birthday during a ceremony at the Pentagon, June 14, 2010.  DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Servicemembers and Defense Department employees enjoy a slice of cake during the  Army's 235th birthday celebration in the Pentagon's courtyard, June 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen