Army birthday installation run
These Soldiers have no problem singing cadence as they run in the installation Army birthday run at Fort Polk June 14.
Soldiers participate in Fort Polk's installation run, held June 14 in honor of the Army's 237th birthday.
Col. David Dunning, commander, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, (left of flag), as well as hundreds of Fort Polk Soldiers, kicked off the Army's 237th birthday celebration June 14 with an early morning 4-mile run, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony on Mountain Field. Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, and Command Sgt. Maj. Lamarquis Knowles, led the run, picking up units along the route. The run was only the beginning of the birthday celebration. After the run, a cake-cutting ceremony was held at Mountain Field, with the oldest and youngest Soldier on the installation doing the honors. At 10 a.m., the official Army birthday celebration was held, in conjunction with the opening of the Warrior Transition Unit barracks –– the first Americans with Disabilities-compliant WTU barracks in the Army. Jim Hill, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, and Chuck Kleckley, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, were the keynote speakers.