Image description: An Afghan farmer shows a diseased plant to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Tara Robertson, a Minnesota Army National Guardsman serving with the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team in Zabul province, Afghanistan. The team features Minnesotan citizen-soldiers with expertise in agribusiness, such as veterinarians, hydrologists, and livestock specialists.
Image by Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer, courtesy of the Department of Defense.
Image description: Happy 237th Birthday, U.S. Army!
From the Army:
Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, our Nation’s leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens.
Today, we celebrate the continued honor, loyalty and bravery of our Soldiers in this noble calling.
Our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 237th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, families and civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong.
We also celebrate our local communities for their steadfast support of our Soldiers and families.
We are “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation.”
Image description: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Stokes pauses while on patrol in a local village near Combat Outpost Terezayi on April 10.
Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eric-James Estrada
Image description: Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, VA prepare to return home from Kuwait upon completion of an eight-month deployment. The battalion proved crucial support to the successful transfer of equipment and supplies out of Iraq as part of the troop drawdown last December.
Photo by Spc. Jhansene Lopez, 53rd Transportation Battalion
Image description: Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry joined the Army in the fall of 2010. Before Kyle’s first deployment, he had the text “For those I love, I will sacrifice” tattooed on his right side. He said, “‘Those I love’ is for everyone — for my parents, my brother and all my family but it really for everyone in the country.”
Kyle left for Afghanistan in February 2011. Less than four months later, he was seriously injured. A blast from an improvised explosive device cost Kyle both legs and his left arm.
Read more of Kyle’s story.
Photo by Mollie Miller, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs, U.S. Army