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.