Army Celebrates its 244th birthday

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The U.S. Army is one of the few institutions that pre-dates the Constitution, and soldiers at JBER were excited to celebrate its 244th birthday bright and early on Thursday morning with a 4-mile run at 6:30 a.m.

“Coming here, it feels just like home and having everybody around you, and you’re always together,” said 18-year-old Janef Grant, a Private Second Class mechanic who helped cut the cake. “I guess it kinda is like having a second family."

The birthday is actually Friday, June 14--the day that the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of riflemen for just a year--but all Army staff have a day off in honor of the anniversary.

The event was also a reminder of sacrifices members of the U.S. Army have made.

"I think of all the people who served and died so we can live like we do today,” said Command Sergeant Major Ryan Dillingham, who participated in the run and also helped cut the cake.

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