IZMIR, Turkey – Approximately 5,252 miles due east of Washington D.C., the U.S. Contingent of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) celebrated the 244th Army Birthday at the LANDCOM Headquarters on June 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. At the remote location in Western Turkey and the eastern most U.S. Contingent of NATO, 45 U.S. LANDCOM personnel gathered to sing the Army song and cut the Army birthday cake. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. "JT" Thomson, the LANDCOM Commander, gave a few remarks before cutting the cake.
Thomson explained, 244 years ago, the 22,000 members of the American militia were engaged in a fight against the British and things were not going too well. "The Army colors are adorned with 190 battle streamers… colors of courage… from campaigns that American Soldiers sweated for, bled for, and died for… at places like Yorktown, Gettysburg, Utah Beach, the Mekong Delta, Baghdad and the Korengal Valley. Many of you wear patches on your right sleeve from some of these campaigns."
The group gathered to socialize for 30-minutes and enjoy the chocolate and yellow cake
and red berry juice in the hot, Izmir sun.
By U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Olson, LANDCOM Public Affairs