FT. EISENHOWER, Ga (WFXG) - A big birthday for the United States Army! Ft. Eisenhower celebrated the Army birthday of 249 years Friday morning with a 5K run followed by a traditional cake cutting. 

“No better way to celebrate than to start off with a run around the famous Barton Field that you see, and celebrate with some cake,” said Maj. General Paul T. Stanton.

Nearly 3,500 soldiers and active duty military members showed up for the 5:30am start time to honor the branch.

“Everyone is pumped up, and everyone is motivated. Everybody was sounding off loud and proud. And it is an honor to be a part of such a phenomenal organization and America's premier fighting force,” said Sgt. Maj. Linwood Barrett.

And the cake cutting ceremony is nearly a century old.

“The cake cutting tradition dates back about 100 years. But it's an opportunity for us to remind ourselves that we are the Army's profession. We are army war fighters that live by army values,” said Maj. General Paul T. Stanton.

The early bird gets the worm, but in this case, the early soldier gets the cake!

“I'm pumped up. I'm about to go eat some cupcakes and I can't wait until the next one when we do it again!” said Sgt. Maj. Linwood Barrett.

Next year will be the 250 Army birthday, and soldiers are already excited to celebrate again.

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