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