Army salutes a community of future servicemen

June 13, 2016

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • As part of the annual Armed Forces Week celebrations, engineers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory joined past and present military personnel, families and friends to honor new recruits at the Our Community Salutes ceremony held at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Recreation Center.
  • The ceremony was designed to honor the commitment made by young men and women who volunteered to serve the nation as future Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
  • ARL's showcased exhibits included Social Media Exploitation; Tactical HPC; Advanced Protection Technologies; Augmented Reality Sandtable and the Man Portable Doppler LIDAR system that measures vertical wind profiles in support of personnel and equipment airdrop.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 17, 2016) -- As part of the annual Armed Forces Week celebrations, engineers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory joined past and present military personnel, families and friends to honor new recruits at the Our Community Salutes ceremony held at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Recreation Center May 17.

The ceremony was designed to honor the commitment made by young men and women who volunteered to serve the nation as future Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

During his opening remarks, the Senior Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, thanked the recruits for their commitment to service and discussed the privilege of leading.

"Each one of you will leader. Never allow yourself to forget that leading is a privilege; it's not an entitlement," Crawford said. "You will be in charge of people at some point in your career. Your ability to take care of them will be a linked to the fact that it is a privilege and an honor."

Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, offered the future recruits some advice to achieve success throughout the duration of their careers as service members.

"Set personal and professional goals; find a mentor to help you achieve the goals you have set; be eager to observe, listen and learn; remain humble and professional and finally, listen to your Non-commissioned officers," he said.

The event concluded with Crawford providing the U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment to the group of future enlistees consisting of eight Marine Corps, 25 Navy, 11 Air Force and 14 Army recruits.

Recruits and their families were also able to observe and interact with an array of ARL technologies, materials and equipment used by service members both on and off the battlefield.

Other Armed Forces Week celebrations earlier in the week included 39th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon, the Run to Honor 5-mile run/5K walk and the GIs of Comedy show.

Armed Forces Week is an annual celebration that pays tribute to men and women who serve the United States' armed forces.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 13, 2016