The U.S. Army Research Laboratory celebrates the Army's 241st birthday

June 23, 2016

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Current and former Army leaders gathered with members of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory workforce to commemorate the Army's 241st birthday Tuesday, 14 June at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.
  • The ceremony's guest speaker was retired Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Hunt who served a portion of his more than 30 years of service at ALC. Hunt expressed his appreciation to the Army civilians who remain committed to the advancement of the Soldier.
  • Tradition calls for the oldest Soldier of the U.S Army to cut the ceremonial cake with the youngest Soldier. Ellison took the opportunity to honor the parents of Soldiers currently serving in the Army by inviting them to join the first cut alongside attending Soldiers.

ADELPHI, Md. (June 14, 2016) -- Current and former Army leaders gathered with members of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory workforce to commemorate the Army's 241st birthday 14 June at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.

This year's theme "The American Soldier--Always Ready, Always Leading," celebrated Department of the Army civilians, contractors and their contributions to national defense.

The day's events, which also included a 5K run, brought together both uniformed and civilian participants culminating with the traditional cake cutting ceremony, which served as a historical learning experience for some on the history of the Army.

Among those participating in the ceremony were ARL Military Deputy, Col. Kevin L. Ellison, ARL Sgt. Maj. Kevin M. Connor, Director of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate Dr. John Pellegrino, ALC Garrison Manager Mr. William Cole and host of Soldiers from ALC and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Ellison led the ceremony and thanked attending Army civilians and contractors for their continued support and dedication to the Soldier by ensuring they remain equipped with the right capabilities to get the job done.

"As the Army celebrates 241 years of serving and protecting our nation's freedoms, it is important that our civilian teammates know that every Warfighter who has gone into battle with over matched technology is appreciative. Our longstanding battlefield dominance could not have been achieved without your support," Ellison said. "We know the Army's success for the next 241 years will be heavily dependent on everyone's continued commitment to excellence."

The ceremony's guest speaker was retired Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Hunt, who served a portion of his more than 30 years of service at ALC. Hunt expressed his appreciation to the Army civilians who always remain committed to the advancement of the Soldier.

"America's Army – Soldiers, their families, and Army civilians such as you – epitomize what is best about America. It has been your willingness to provide the technology to win, to sacrifice to build a better future for others and to preserve our way of life that exemplifies Army values," Hunt said.

He continued by commenting on the Army's legacy and how today's Soldiers and their predecessors, since 1775, have engaged in helping keep America safe in defending the ideals and freedoms that are held in high regard.

"From the American Revolution to today's war – American Soldiers have always been the Strength of our Nation, willing to fight for the freedoms and the way of life we enjoy," Hunt said.

With his notable and contagious smile, Hunt added, "This day, as we celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States Army, we reflect the character and the awesome achievements - of the generations of brave Soldiers who have put their boots on the ground, and borne arms in defense of American ideals."


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces and is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it, or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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Last Update / Reviewed: June 23, 2016