Sunday, June 14, 2015

US Army 240th Year

Happy birthday: Killeen celebrates 240 years of U.S. Army 
Killeen Daily Herald
JC Jones
June 14, 2015
Army Birthday Celebration
Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper, Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker and retired Gen. Paul Funk use a cavalry saber to cut into a birthday cake June 13, 2015, during the Army Birthday Celebration event held in downtown Killeen.
The city of Killeen hosted a celebration Saturday to honor the Army’s 240th birthday, as well as its relationship to the local community through Fort Hood.

City and Fort Hood officials, veterans, active-duty soldiers, family members and local residents gathered downtown for a day of festivities, which included a cake-cutting ceremony, food trucks and vendors, a barbecue cook-off, a dunking booth, live music, children’s activities and various displays of military art, cars and motorcycles.

“It is important for us to celebrate the birthday and to reflect on the accomplishments of our Army,” said Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper. “Our Army today is serving literally all over the world, lending a helping hand, providing peace among chaos and fighting where necessary.”

Camp Hood was established in Killeen in 1942, later becoming Fort Hood in 1950. Since that time, Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, 1st Cavalry Division commander, said the local community has contributed to the success of the installation through its support.
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