INSCOM Celebrates the ARMY Birthday during COVID19

INSCOM celebrates the 245th Army Birthday. The event typically taps the oldest, or wisest, member of the command, and the youngest, to cut a birthday cake with a ceremonial saber. From left, Col. Howard F. Cantrell, chaplain; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin G. Boughton, command chief warrant officer; Maj. Gen. Gary W. Johnston, commanding general; Sgt. Maj. Stanley L. Hall, Jr., acting command sergeant major; and Pfc. Tyrell I. Jones, supply specialist, participated in the ceremony.

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, INSCOM, celebrated the 245th Army birthday, with a virtual ceremony at Belvoir’s Nolan Building, last week.

The event, which includes a cake-cutting, is celebrated annually throughout the Army.

The official party, led by Maj. Gen. Gary W. Johnston, INSCOM commanding general, included Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin G. Boughton; Sgt. Maj. Stanley L. Hall, Jr., acting command sergeant major; Col. Howard F. Cantrell, chaplain and wisest member; and Pfc. Tyrell I. Jones, supply specialist and youngest command member.

Normally attended by hundreds of command members and honored guests, due to social distancing requirements, this year’s ceremony was recorded for the command to celebrate online.

In his remarks, Johnston wished a happy birthday to every Soldier, civilian and family member at INSCOM and across the entire Army.

“This is your birthday, because it is you, the people, who give the U.S. Army its heartbeat,” said Johnston. “It is you who give it life. It is you who make the U.S. Army the special organization it is today.”

The Army theme for this year is “Our People” highlighting the message, “America’s Army: When We Are Needed, We Are There.”

On June 14, 1775, the Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for the purpose of common defense; and, on June 14, 2020, we recognize 245 years of defending and protecting America, and salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve.