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VIDEO: Dogface soldiers celebrate Army’s 247th birthday

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On June 14, Fort Stewart celebrated the Army’s 247 birthday with a cake cutting in front of the division headquarters.

The cake was cut by Col Ryan McCormack, the 3rd Infantry Division Chief of Staff; Command Sgt. Maj. Quentin Fenderson, 3rd Infantry Division Senior Enlisted Advisor; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Altz, the oldest soldier in the division, born in February 1969; and Pvt. Bryan St. Fleuer, the youngest soldier in the division, born in April 2003.

“When you think about the United States, you think about how we will do this in a couple of weeks to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

You think of things like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and some of the aspects that make our country what it is,” McCormack said, prior to slicing the cake. “Certainly, one of those has to be the birthday of the United States Army. If you think about it, for 247 years, soldiers have been wearing a uniform to serve our country.”

As is custom, the first slice was presented to Altz, the oldest soldier, and the second to the youngest soldier, Fleuer.

The Army’s birthday was also celebrated at the Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market as part of the local celebration on June 16.

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U.S. Army 3rd Infantry soldiers Col. Ryan McCormack, Pvt. Bryan St. Fleuer, Command Sgt. Maj. Quentin Fenderson and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Altz cut a cake to celebrate the 247th Army Birthday on Fort Stewart, Georgia, June 14, 2022. Photo by Spc. Anthony Ford/U.S. Army