Laboratory celebrates the Army's 242ND birthday with a cake cutting ceremony

June 29, 2017

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research laboratory held a cake-cutting ceremony in celebration of the Army's 242nd birthday Wednesday, June 14 at the Adelphi Laboratory Center.
  • ARL senior leaders, military members and civilian personnel gathered to partake in the event where Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, Deputy the Inspector General of the U.S. Army, served as the celebration's keynote speaker.
  • MG Smith's remarks highlighted this year's theme commemorating the WWI Soldier and recognized civilians as part of the Army's Total Force.

ADELPHI, Md. (June 15, 2017) -- The U.S. Army Research laboratory held a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the enduring value of the Army on its 242ND birthday Wednesday, June 14 at the Adelphi Laboratory Center.

Cake cutting ceremonies are a traditional during Army birthday observances. Wednesday's celebration, which was also Flag Day, provided the installation an opportunity to show the camaraderie of ALC and ARL highlighted by a nod of recognition that they all play a role in the Army's distinguished history. Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, Deputy Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Army, served as the event's keynote speaker. In his remarks, Smith highlighted this year's theme commemorating the WWI Soldier and recognized Soldiers and Army Civilians as part of the Army's Total Force.

"Your Army is ready today as it has always been, ready to answer the call to duty. 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 the mighty global force it is today."

In addition to Smith, Todd E. Rosenberger, Director Plans and Programs, Col. Kevin L. Ellison, ARL Military Deputy, Kenneth Noppenberger, ALC Acting Garrison Manager, and Sgt. Maj. Keith L Taylor, ARL Sergeant Major, served as the celebration's official party.

Ellison, keeping tradition with past ALC/ARL Army Birthday celebration, served as ARL's military host. He thanked Army civilian employees for their service, continued support and dedication to the Soldier by ensuring they remain equipped with the right capabilities to get the job done.

"It is an honor for me to stand with you today because we all can take pride in knowing that we each played a part in achieving excellence and it is this mark of excellence that truly makes our Army strong."

In his welcome remarks, Noppenberger, noted that today's Army is not the army of 1775.

"Our soldiers were once untrained farmers, merchants and tradesmen using their own rifles.

Much has changed," Noppenberger said. "Today, our Army has the very best equipment, training, leadership and medical care available. What has not changed is the fighting spirit and values of the American soldier.

Noppenberger also used the occasion to recognize ARL's 25TH Anniversary.

"As special as the Army's 242nd birthday is – the past 25 years of achievement and commitment by the men and women who have been a part of the Army Research Lab is a very special and patriotic thing to do," Noppenberger said. "Every man and woman here today is helping to write a new chapter in ARL's history," he added. "On behalf of the ALC garrison, we thank you for your service."

Smith also spoke about the significance of service and the important history of the day. "Service comes at a price," he said. "That service, whether military or civilian, is something that is honored. It is important that we understand our history, especially with this year's focus being on (the history of) WWI. This means learning from what happened in that time frame then looking forward to do the work that you do here at ARL."

Smith challenged the ARL workforce to "remain vigilant in the quests for scientific advancement and support to the Warfighter and our nation – we need you more now than ever."

Another Army Birthday military tradition took place when Ellison invited the installation's youngest service member to join Smith, Taylor and himself in the ceremonial saber cutting of the cake.

The ceremony ended with the all participants joining together in a joyous caroling of "The Army Song." A special U.S. Army birthday cake, sponsored by NAFIC, the installation's version of the Civilian Welfare Fund, was served to the installation workforce closing out this year's U.S. Army Birthday celebration.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: June 29, 2017