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.

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.