Happy Birthday US Army! Celebrate 237 Years of Service

Move America Forward | June 16, 2012 

HONOR OUR TROOPS TODAY! 1775-2012                                               
Please take some time today to honor our troops. Not only is today “Flag Day”, commemorating our adoption of the Stars and Stripes, it’s also the birthday of the US Army.
In 1775 the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia officially recognized the need for a formal continental army and ordered a committee be formed to organize the drafting and provisioning of the first US Army. It has served bravely ever since, protecting our Nation in conflict after conflict.
Help celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday by sending some care packages to some of our troops in Afghanistan who really need our help!


WHAT IS ANSWER THE CALL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?                                                                                                                                                                           Every summer, Move America Forward spends a month focusing on supporting one particular unit deployed in Afghanistan. We select this unit based on the difficulty of their mission and the danger level in the region of Afghanistan in which they are fighting.                                                                                                                  We have selected 800 Soldiers from the 17th Infantry Regiment to support and we’ll continue raising money until we have enough to send support to all 800 of these troops who are operating in one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan.                                                                                                                  So far we have raised enough to help only 379 troops – that means 421 soldiers in Afghanistan will receive nothing unless people sponsor more packages now!                                                                                                                  The Soldiers of the 17th Infantry  are fighting to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda. We must support them!                                                         





                                             PRESIDENT OBAMA ABSENT FROM                                              WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY *AGAIN*                                                                                         

 Army Secretary John McHugh participated in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the Army’s 237th  birthday. President Obama was in Cleveland, Ohio raising money for his own re-election campaign and later in New York with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, also fundraising for his campaign.

U.S. troops return to Afghanistan’s “lost province”                                                         

With U.S. intelligence pointing to a possible attack by as many as 1,800 Taliban, the soldiers set up weapons over a backyard-sized square, while Afghan army soldiers in camouflage and plastic sandals pointed out fires and torchlight in the distance in the chill night air.
“We’ll get some eyes overhead to check it out. If it’s Taliban, we’ll get a plane up in the morning and drop a bomb on it,” said U.S. Major Jared Bordwell as some of his men from the Infantry Regiment dropped down in the dust and tried to get some sleep.                                                                                                                  American soldiers withdrew from Nuristan, or the “land of light”, after around 300 insurgents overran an isolated combat outpost near Kamdesh village – below where Bordwell’s men were huddled – on October 3, 2009, killing eight soldiers and wounding 22.

As many as 2,500 Taliban are thought to be in the province, controlling most districts, and around 300 are foreign, mostly Pakistanis or Chechens, Afghan commanders say.

                                                         -  06/13/2012



 The 17th Infantry Regiment,  part of 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is a group of Army  combat teams “responsible for ground operations” in the  very dangerous Kandahar province, and surrounding areas, specifically  areas on the wild and lawless Afghanistan/Pakistan border, where the the  last vestiges of Al-Qaeda hide.

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