Association of the United States Army

Arsenal of Democracy Chapter

Event Recap – 240th Army Birthday Ball

30 July 2015

The 240th Army Birthday was celebrated at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI, on 19 June. The evening kicked off with a no‐host cocktail reception and receiving line, allowing guests the opportunity to have their keepsake formal portrait taken and enjoy breathtaking views from the veranda while listening to light jazz and meeting AUSA hosts and TACOM LCMC leadership. Under the guidance of Emcee Keith Appling, this was followed by the ceremonial Call to Mess, Posting of Colors, singing of the National Anthem by CPT Alexis Jackson, Invocation by SGT Kendall Jackson, traditional toasts and Welcome by AUSA Arsenal of Democracy President, George Patten. During dinner, live entertainment was provided by the 338th United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) Jazz Combo, under the Leadership of CW4 Ron Kuntz.

Following dinner, TACOM LCMC Commanding General MG Gwen Bingham and Command Sergeant Major Jesse Sharpe were joined by the youngest Soldier in attendance, SGT Anthony Meadcabral, to cut the Army Birthday Cake. MG Bingham then introduced guest speaker, MG Jimmie O. Keenan, Deputy Commanding General (Operations), United States Army Medical Command Chief, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, who provided her unique insight to Army challenges and opportunities. Following thank yous, singing of the Army Song, Benediction and Retiring of Colors, guests spent the rest of the evening dancing, posing in the photo booth, and taking advantage of the beautiful June night. By all accounts, it was a spectacular evening. Thank you to the generous attendees who participated in the “Sponsor a Soldier” program, to our many sponsors identified below, and to our volunteers who contributed to the evening’s success: Susan Davis‐Kienscherf; BG (R) Mark A. Montjar; Mary Lamparter; Sam Homsy; Ryan Myers; Judy Fraley; Alan Parks; Kelley Baringer; Nancy Mitchell; Tracy Mitchell; Helen Parmer; and Darin Pemberton. We are in the early planning stages for the 241st Army Ball and will announce the date and location once finalized. We hope to see you there!

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