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Vandenberg celebrates Army’s 242nd birthday

Retired Army Col. Geoff Moran, Army Col. Brian Moore, Joint Functional Component Command for Space director of operations and exercises, and Army Spc. Alan Mason, Joint Space Operations Center defensive duty technician, cut a birthday cake for the Army’s 242nd birthday, June 14, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Members from all branches were in attendance to celebrate the impact and contributions of soldiers dating all the way back to 1775. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

Retired Army Col. Geoff Moran, Army Col. Brian Moore, Joint Functional Component Command for Space director of operations and exercises, and Army Spc. Alan Mason, Joint Space Operations Center defensive duty technician, cut a birthday cake for the Army’s 242nd birthday, June 14, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Members from all branches were in attendance to celebrate the impact and contributions of soldiers dating all the way back to 1775. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Vandenberg celebrated the 242nd birthday of the U.S. Army, here, June 14.

Members from all branches were in attendance to celebrate the impact and contributions of soldiers dating all the way back to 1775.

“The Army has served the nation for 242 years, and I find it fitting that we share this day with another observance across our nation – Flag Day,” said Army Col. Brian Moore, Joint Functional Component Command for Space director of operations and exercises. “Both observances recognize the anniversary of acts of the Second Continental Congress, the creation of the Army on June 14, 1775, and the adoption of a national flag, the Stars and Stripes, two years later.”

The theme of this year’s birthday was “Over there! A Celebration of the WWI Soldier.” At this time 100 years ago, the U.S. joined the fight in World War I – making this year’s birthday especially significant.

“Under the command of Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, more than two million of our soldiers fought on battlefields across Europe,” said Moore. “Just as the Continental Army secured the freedom of our nation, the doughboys of WWI secured the freedom of Europe, and our nation’s place in the world. America stood up for freedom and self-government, and through that transformative experience, our Army became the world’s most lethal, adaptive, and competent land force in history.

Given this important milestone, it is appropriate that this year’s Army Birthday theme is – “Over there! A Celebration of the WWI Soldier.”

Though Vandenberg is inhabited by mostly Air Force personnel, the roles of their Army counterparts are just as important.

“I am proud to be able to help represent the Army as a member of JFCC Space,” said Army Capt. Austin C. Baker, JFCC Space Laser Clearinghouse operations officer. “Serving alongside other joint personnel each day provides unique professional development and an opportunity to tackle hard problems in support of warfighters across the globe. The Army’s abilities as a lethal fighting force will depend on capabilities provided by or routed through the space domain, as well as the ability to defend those capabilities. The work of the men and women of Team Vandenberg is sincerely appreciated and I look forward to taking knowledge of joint planning and operations to my next Army assignment.”

Though technology has changed, and the styles of combat have modernized, the Army is just as capable and prepared as its forefathers were 242 years ago.

“Your Army is as ready today as it has always been, ready to answer the call to duty,” said Moore. “I ask that you join me in celebrating this milestone and take time to reflect on what the Army means to America, from its humble beginnings in 1775, to its first foray into a major world war in 1917, to the mighty global force it is today. Happy 242nd birthday, United States Army!”