Soldiers celebrate Army’s birthday with morning run


Following the run, the soldiers gathered to hear a brief speech from Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett. The day also marked the new commander’s 30th day at the helm of U.S. Army Alaska.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Winstead/U.S. Army Alaska

The Army said approximately 2,000 soldiers and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson civilian employees celebrated the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army (which was June 14) with a four-mile “Esprit de Corps” run on Friday, June 22 following the 6:30 a.m. reveille.

The course ran from the Fort Richardson front gate off post down Glenn bike path, back onto JBER at Arctic Valley and back to the start/finish line at Pershing Field.

The run maintained at a brisk 9-minute per mile pace and required soldiers to sing out with military cadence as they ran.

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