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Lieutenant Colonel Bonnie Kovach (Lt. to R), Staff Sergeant. Bruno Valdez and Command Sergeant. Major Julie Steward cuts a birthday cake with a sword at the Allied Forces North Battalion’s 247th Military Birthday Ceremony in Casto, Belgium.
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The Allied Forces South Battalion began the 247th Military Birthday celebrations with physical fitness training at Lago de Patria, Italy.
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Larry Haynes III, a member of the Army family and son of Anita Haynes, HHC Administrative Assistant, goes for a touchdown during the final Frisbee competition of the US Army NATO Brigade’s 247th Army Birthday Celebration in Sembach, Germany.
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Staff Sergeant. Physical safety expert Jemal Fasen throws a bag during the Cornhole competition at the US Army NATO Brigade’s 247th Army Birthday Celebration in Sembach, Germany.
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Capt. Brandon Robinson, Secretary of General Staff, answers a question during a trivial contest at the U.S. Army NATO Brigade’s 247th Army Birthday Celebration in Sembach, Germany.
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SEMBACH, Germany – Soldiers, families and civilian personnel in the U.S. Army NATO Brigade took time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the Army’s 247 years of loyal service to their country during the Army’s birthday with games and games.

The Continental Congress formed the Army on 14 June 1775, making the Army one year older than the Declaration of Independence and 13 years older than the Constitution.

“For 247 years, the US Army has responded to the call to defend and support the United States against both foreign and domestic challenges, and we will continue to do so in the future,” said Capt. Tessa Barbie, HHC, commander of the US Army NATO Brigade. . “In both war and peace, it is important to celebrate the Army’s birthday to glorify the organization and its history.”

“Because of the brigade’s unique mission, we have the opportunity to celebrate the military with our NATO partners throughout the European theater,” she said. “Here at Sembach, our headquarters company chose to celebrate by participating in Sports Day where our diverse population is coming together to boost morale and build the Esprit de Corps.”

The goal of the US Army NATO Brigade is to provide ready and flexible troops for the NATO alliance so that US Army soldiers and their families assigned to NATO billets receive the support they need to thrive in 81 different locations across 22 countries across Europe. .

“The military’s global reach and the ability of our troops to operate anywhere in the world play a big role in their ability to defend the United States 24/7,” Barbie said. “But, today you can take some well-earned hours to celebrate our military together with our soldiers, our military civilian personnel, families and friends.”

Leah Christie, an Army civilian in the US Army NATO Brigade G1 section, spent the morning playing in the high-tempo, enthusiastic final Frisbee tournament.

Christie said, “Today is a great day to hang out with my colleagues and fellow service members. “This is a great day for the Esprit de Corps and to bring our hair down and celebrate the Army’s 247th birthday.”

U.S. soldiers work hard, train hard, and play hard, based on the final Frisbee tournament of the day.

“We greatly appreciate the contributions and sacrifices of Army spouses, children and other family members in training their soldiers and sometimes deploying them to defend our country,” Barbie said. “We look forward to having them with us today.”

Una Vazquez is a member of the military family and the wife of Capt. Brennan Vazquez, a U.S. Army NATO Brigade staff judge lawyer.

“It’s a pleasure to have a good time with the soldiers who have been working hard all the time,” said Una. “Happy Birthday to the Army on its 247th Birthday.”

Marcela Melendez, a member of the Army family and wife of HHC First Sergeant, Sergeant. First-class Jafet Melendez said she appreciates the opportunity to spend time with the unit.

“I love the community, it’s very family oriented and the game and team building is really good,” she said. “We just feel part of a community.”

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