HOUSTON, Texas –
June 14, 2023
On April 19, 1775, approximately 80 militiamen fought a larger, better equipped, and highly trained force hailing from one of the most powerful empires in history. Though these outnumbered and outgunned warriors gave ground at Lexington, they rallied and defeated their foe at Concord; a pivotal battle that gave rise to the War of Independence.
Lexington not only laid claim to the "shot heard 'round the world," but it gave birth to the finest Army in the world. Forged by duty, honor, courage, and other core values that are cherished by millions of troops who served across the globe for more than two and a half centuries, the United States Army stands as a testament to what a nation can achieve when it empowers you - the American Soldier - to be all you can be.
For 248 years, the United States Army has dedicated itself to fighting and winning our nation's wars. It has shaped America in the defense of democratic values. These values remain steadfast by generations of Soldiers who set aside their personal endeavors - and sometimes sacrificed their very lives - in the name of freedom.
Today's Soldiers carry the tradition of transforming obstacles into opportunities. I see firsthand how the men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve Innovation Command shape the Army of tomorrow. They channel cutting-edge military and civilian skills to design and deliver a future force that will overpower our adversaries with unmatched capabilities.
The best gift we can give the U.S. Army is to share our stories of personal and professional growth to the next great generation of leaders. Encourage those who recently launched their military careers, as well as those who seek a higher calling to explore the limitless possibilities that come with service to our fellow Americans. By building cohesive teams that are trained, disciplined, and fit, we remain ready to fight and win our nation's wars.
Happy 248th Birthday, U.S. Army. May it remain a symbol of hope and strength for our families, for our country, and for our world.
Martin F. Klein
Major General, USA