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June 22, 2012

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McCoy celebrates Army’s 237th Birthday with June 14 events

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy helped the Army celebrate its 237th birthday June 14 with an event that included the traditional cake-cutting, a history of the Army’s creation and the installation’s Army Birthday celebrations, and a number of Morale, Welfare and Recreation events.
PHOTO: he Army Birthday cake is cut at the June 14 Army Birthday event. Photo by Rob Schuette
The Army Birthday cake is cut at the June 14 Army Birthday event at Constitution Park at Fort McCoy. Participating (from left to right) are Al Fournier, deputy to the garrison commander; 1st Sgt. Justin Maloney, first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company; U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy; Pvt. 2 Skye Kirk, 86th Training Division, the most-junior-ranking Fort McCoy Soldier; and Col. Steven W. Nott, garrison commander. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
PHOTO: Motorists going through the drive-thru breakfast are served at the June 14 Army Birthday celebration.
Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff and volunteers serve motorists going through the drive-thru breakfast at the June 14 Army Birthday celebration at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Liz Weaver)
PHOTO: Col. Steven W. Nott poses with the youngest runner to beat his time in the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. Contributed photo
Col. Steven W. Nott poses with the youngest runner to beat his time in the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. (Contributed photo)
PHOTO: Runners approach the finish line at the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. Photo by Sgt Tracy Ellingsen
Capt. Katherine Jarmusz, from the 9th Finance Management Company, approaches the finish line at the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. She was the first female runner to finish the race. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen)

Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott led the lunch-time ceremony at Constitution Park.

Nott, along with 1st Sgt. Justin Maloney of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy; Al Fournier, deputy to the garrison commander; and Pvt. 2 Skye Kirk of the 86th Training Division, cut the cake.

After recounting the history of the Army’s creation, Nott recapped Army Birthday celebrations held at the installation, including the first-recorded observance at then-Camp McCoy in 1958.

The day became an annual event at Fort McCoy in 1989 and has been celebrated in a variety of ways.

Fort McCoy celebrates the Army Birthday by recognizing that Soldiers are the most-crucial element to the country’s national strategy and strategic success, Nott said.

“And we still rely upon a healthy dose of rugged individualism, clarity of moral purpose and the acknowledgement of American exceptionalism and our unique way of life if we are to secure freedom for future generations,” Nott said. “Our Army is the guarantor of the legacy of the ideals that define America. It is most appropriate to celebrate its birth.”

The cutting of the cake reflects that the Army’s success relies on the entire Army team.

“Equally symbolic, our most-junior-ranking Soldier represents the passing of the Army’s tradition of honor and success from one generation to the next,” Nott said of Kirk’s participation in the cake-cutting ceremony.

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) coordinated the day’s events, which began with the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. A record 283 competitors participated in the event.

Members of the Fort McCoy work force also enjoyed a free drive-thru breakfast, plus a free T-shirt.

Other DFMWR events included a free automatic car wash, a free lunch and free bowling at McCoy’s Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.

Youth and staff from the Child Development Center and School Age Services also collaborated to hold an Army Birthday carnival June 15.

Sponsors of the June 14 event included: Alliant Energy, A.L.M. Charities, American Family Insurance, Buffalo Wild Wings, Case Construction, CenturyLink, Culver’s, Enterprise, EconoLodge, Harter’s Quick Clean-Up, LHI, Microtel, Oshkosh Defense, Reinhart Food Service, RIA Federal Credit Union, Ripp Distributing Company, Inc., TCI Architects Engineers Contractor, and USAA. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information about DFMWR events call the Event Line at 877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com

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