FAIRBANKS, Alaska Fort Wainwright held their annual Army Birthday run Wednesday morning, with over two thousand soldiers participating. Colonel Adam Lang, deputy commander for sustainment, with U.S. Army Alaska says the army has a tremendous legacy.
Fort Wainwright held their annual Army Birthday run Wednesday morning, with over two thousand soldiers participating.
"We're the oldest service in the Department of Defense, and as I talked to the formation about, 244 years ago, the second congress authorized about 48,000 of the first professional soldiers to help defend our nation and we've been doing that for 244 years since," said Lang.
Combat engineer Private First Class Khristle Flake says running with her fellow soldiers reminds her she's not alone. "We all go through the same things, and each day we strap on our boots, and give 110% and having us all come together and seeing that, it just motivates you more," said Flake.
Lang says units also get excited to show off their unit's chants and morale. "Everybody likes to get out and show off their unit, everyone's proud of their organization and what it is that they do, and then we come together, there's a little bit of competition between the formations, but ultimately we're all just proud to be soldiers in the United States Army."
A tradition of the celebration is that the youngest and oldest soldiers there cut the birthday cake.