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Happy Birthday Army & USACE

Happy birthday, and thank you to all who have served in the Army and Corps of Engineers.

On June 14th, 1775, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army.

Two days later on June 16th, Congress authorized a Chief Engineer for the Army.

Two hundred and forty-two years later we’re still entrusted with protecting our fellow compatriots and our Nation’s resources.

We certainly have a reason to celebrate when you consider our line of work and what it takes to accomplish the mission.

America expects our all-volunteer Army to protect our nation and its vital strategic interests through various means, including, building partnerships around the world, deferring and defeating our enemies, defending the homeland, and conducting global operations.

On the Corps side, it’s important to note the Engineer Regiment’s significant contributions to our Nation’s history. Army engineers have played a crucial role in the growth of our young republic by surveying routes for canals and railroads and serving as explorers, surveyors, and map makers who opened the American West.

The Corps continues its storied history by delivering innovative solutions to our Nation’s toughest engineering challenges, whether in our communities or supporting our national security.

Serving alongside the Army for two-hundred and forty-two years, the Corps’ highly skilled workforce has provided significant value to the nation, the economy, security and quality of life.

So Happy Birthday Army and Corps of Engineers. It’s my honor to wear this uniform and serve alongside each and every one of you.



David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

For generations Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have manifested a legacy that reflects the spirit of our great Nation.

In recognition of their unwavering spirit the month of May is set aside as a time to acknowledge the achievements and contributions to American heritage by more than 56 different ethnicities, with over 100 languages, from Asia and the Pacific Islands who live in the United States.

May was chosen to honor the arrival of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843. It was also chosen to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders heritage and communities span the globe their success stories are uniquely American.

The story of American history and our rapid rise to global prominence would be very different without the technical expertise, cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented by Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Attached is a slide show that highlights several Asian American and Pacific Islanders that played an integral role in shaping and defending our Nation.

My hope is that you’ll take the time to honor their sacrifices and contributions by flipping through the presentation. So many of them were born in foreign lands, traveled to America, and pursued the American way of live through military and civil service.

This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month theme is “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.”

Please join with me in commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islanders who strive for a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

As a team lets commit ourselves to embracing the diversity that makes this country great and ensure everyone has a chance to pursue their goals and succeed in this great Nation.


David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Building Strong…Army Strong!”