6/13/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy salute the Army on its 236th birthday June 14.
Secretary Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating:
"Congratulations to you and all of your Soldiers as the Army celebrates 236 years of service to our great nation. Without fail, the men and women of the Army still carry on the hallowed traditions of loyalty, honor and noble sacrifice that have defined your service since its inception. Thank you for all that you and your Soldiers do in defense of our country and its most cherished tenets.
"Our Airmen salute you and wish you the best on the Army's 236th birthday. Here's to another great year ahead!"
General Schwartz wrote a letter to the chief of staff of the Army stating:
"On behalf of the 690,000 Total Force Airmen, I congratulate you and the Soldiers of the U.S. Army as you celebrate 236 years of selfless service to our great nation. We are thankful for brave Soldiers who, since 1775, have helped preserve the cherished freedoms that are guaranteed to us by the United States Constitution.
"America's Airmen are proud to serve alongside you and your Soldiers as part of the joint team that brings unequaled military capability to today's fight and tomorrow's challenges. As we serve, the great courage and skill of our nation's Soldiers are unceasingly on display, and we are grateful for our steadfast partnership."
Chief Roy wrote a letter to the sergeant major of the Army stating:
Happy Birthday to all the Soldiers of the U.S. Army on 236 years of loyal service to our great nation.
Since 1775, U.S. Soldiers have selflessly performed their duty as guardians and defenders of our country, our friends and our interests abroad. There are few acts more noble then putting your country before yourself, and for that I am extremely proud to serve alongside every Soldier. From the newest recruits to the most respected senior leaders, today's Soldiers exemplify honor, integrity and personal courage.
In a world of violent extremism, shifting regional balances of power and rapidly advancing technologies, America's Soldiers remain highly motivated, dedicated and ready to answer our nation's call.
On behalf of every Airman, we wish you all the best as you celebrate and look forward to serving alongside you for many years to follow.