239 Years Army Strong
On June 14, 2014, the United States Army celebrates its 239th birthday. And it is truly a day for celebration. Ever since it was first created in 1775, the Army has been Ready and Resilient, and it has successfully protected the great United States since our country’s inception. It will continue to do so for centuries to come; and Family and MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs) is proud to celebrate its commitment to every Soldier and Family.
On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress created the Continental Army, just two months after the battles of Lexington and Concord. The new forces were charged with coordinating the efforts of what were still thirteen largely separate colonies. A day later, the Continental Congress appointed a new leader for the new military – George Washington. Under Washington's leadership, the disparate colonial groups slowly came together into a cohesive fighting force.
The tradition of great leadership and service established in 1775 has only grown in the nearly two and a half centuries since the American Revolution. From that first incarnation under George Washington, to the Legion of the United States, to the modern-day United States Army, our troops have protected the American people and the American homeland in every conflict since the nation was founded.
The strength of the United States comes from the Soldiers and Families that have supported us. As General Raymond T. Odierno, current Chief of Staff, said, "the strength of our Nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers is our Families. That is what makes us Army Strong." We are nothing without the people who choose to serve.
That’s why MWR aims to help every Soldier, Retiree, and Family member achieve the same quality of life they strive to protect, whether they are on active duty, stationed at home or abroad, in the reserves, or retired. From programs for children of Soldiers to sports to entertainment that boosts morale, MWR helps to ensure our Soldiers are happy and healthy, Ready and Resilient.
That was important two hundred and thirty eight years ago, and it’s important today. That’s why we have MWR: to protect that foundation of Family and strength. It’s what makes us Army Strong.
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