Fort Gordon celebrates Army's 243rd birthday

Fort Gordon celebrates Army's 243rd birthday
Soldiers march at Fort Gordon (WFXG)

FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army, which is turning 243 years old!

The celebration began this morning with a post-wide run that started at 6:30 a.m. All Fort Gordon Units, including the Air Force, Navy, and Marines participated in the celebratory run.

The run was led by Major General John B Morrison Jr. who is the Commanding General for U.S. Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon. The run began in front of Signal Towers and participants ran around the main portion of the installation.

At 11 a.m., there was a cake cutting ceremony. The ceremony included a short video, giving a glimpse of the Army's past followed by the Fort Gordon installation platoon displaying the transformation that the Army uniform has undergone in its 243 years.
There was a short speech by Brigadier General Neil S. Hersey, and of course, the cake cutting. Both the youngest enlisted soldier and youngest officer on the installation assisted Major General John B. Morrison, Jr. and Command Sergeant Major Carlos M. Simmons with cutting the cake.
After the ceremony, everyone in attendance was able to try the cake, and the Alee Shriner's Club of Augusta even handed out 2,000 free homemade hot chicken dinners to the service members on a first come, first serve basis. 
The Fort Gordon Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) hosted the event. 

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