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241st Army Birthday: SMA Dailey

241st Army Birthday: SMA Dailey


June 14th is established as the Army’s Birthday.
241 years. Our Army is actually one year older than our nation itself. So, while you’re
getting ready for that Army Birthday battalion or division run in order to “hashtag earn
your cake” this year. I thought it might be good to remind you where
you came from. The birth of our Army is linked to the amalgamation of New England militia
forces around Boston in the spring of 1775. The militia that became the Continental Army
– our forerunners – evolved from a collection of colonial companies and regiments into a
structured army authorized by the Continental Congress. That transformation from volunteer
militia to a more professional army can be traced to several Continental Congress actions. Number one was the resolution consolidating
forces to be employed in the areas surrounding Boston, where much of the so-called “rebel”
unrest against the Red Coats was centered, and number two was the commissioning of George
Washington as the General and Commander in chief of the “United Colonies.” It was on June 14th 1775, that the Continental
Congress, seated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, resolved that six companies of rifleman would
be formed and dispatched to the forces surrounding Boston. This is the first case of the Revolutionary
War in which the military units were specifically authorized by a central governing body rather
than by the individual colonies. As such is it considered the birth of the United States
Army. And, a few days later, on June 19th, the Continental
Congress appointed George Washington the new Army’s leader, “… for the Defence of
American Liberty …” In his commissioning document congress tells General Washington,
“and we do also enjoin and require you, to be careful in executing the great trust
reposed in you, by causing strict discipline and order to be observed in the army, and
that the soldiers be duly exercised, and provided with all convenient necessaries.” Trust
– discipline – taking care of our Soldiers … our tasks haven’t changed much since
1775. It is still our duty, 241 years later, as leaders, to establish unit cohesion through
mutual trust, maintain discipline by modeling the Army Ethic and for taking care of our
Soldiers with regulations, policies and everyday practices that show them they – you – are
an integral part of the Army team. Happy Birthday U.S. Army! Thank each and every one of you for your service
to this great nation. God Bless you. This We’ll Defend!


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