YPG celebrates Army’s 240th birthday

YUMA, Ariz. – The U.S. Army is turning 240 and bases like Yuma Proving Ground are celebrating.

“Overall, just to say thank you to the Army itself collectively as a group for what the Army has done for us as a nation,” YPG Commander Col. Randy Murray said.

As tradition goes, the oldest and youngest Soldiers cut the birthday cake together. Lt. Col Kary Redd is the longest serving Soldier at YPG.

“We’ve done a lot of things; we’ve changed a lot of lives, and it’s been a very humbling experience overall,” Lt. Col. Redd said.

Wednesday was the last cake cutting ceremony she will be a part of here. Lt. Col. Redd said she is retiring after 25 years of service.

“I think I’ve become a better person by being in the Army.”

Private Marilyn Secasiu also sliced the cake. She is the newest service member at YPG but says like Redd, she hopes to make it a career.

“I enjoy my job. I get to do fun things like jump out of planes,” Secasiu said.

Soldiers sang “”The Army Goes Rolling Along” to wrap up the ceremony. The song is dedicated to troops that have and will fight for their country.

“People have made the ultimate sacrifice of death, so that we can be free in this world,” Col. Murray said.

George Washington was the first commander of the Army when it was established in 1775.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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