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NEWS | June 15, 2022

U.S. Army North celebrates U.S. Army’s 247th birthday, inducts new ‘Distinguished Quartermasters’

By Pfc. Noelani Keene U.S. Army North Public Affairs

U.S. Army North celebrated the U.S. Army’s 247th birthday in a June 14 ceremony, which included the induction of new Distinguished Quartermasters and the traditional cutting of the birthday cake at the historic Quadrangle at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

The ceremony, hosted by Lt. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., U.S. Army North commanding general, celebrated Army history and culture, which commemorates and reflects on the accomplishments of the total army force.

“This is who we are. We are very proud of our lineage,” Evans said. “It’s important that we think about, and we remember, what it means to have an Army that serves the people.”

During the birthday celebration, service members reflected the history of the Army through the wear of period uniforms from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm and the modern era. Then four community members were inducted as Distinguished Quartermasters.   

“I always looked up to the Distinguished Quartermasters. Their support of the military is something I’ve always admired,” said Erwin J. De Luna, president of the board of directors for the United San Antonio Pow Wow, Inc., and one of the four new Distinguished Quartermasters inducted during the ceremony. 

Bill Kingman, Caren Soto, and Jeff Wells were also inducted into the Distinguished Quartermasters for their contributions to service members, veterans, and military families.

Since its establishment in 1775, U.S. Army Soldiers, families, and civilians alike have greatly supported our nation and its constitution. Distinguished Quartermasters greatly reflect exceptional contribution to the Army mission through their tireless support to military programs and the San Antonio community.

“It’s an absolute honor to stand side by side with the other amazing Distinguished Quartermaster inductees,” said Jeff Wells, president and founder of Wish for our Heroes, and another inductee. “I feel a sense of honor and thankfulness to all those volunteers and members of Army North, along with the San Antonio community who come together to support our military community.” 

This year’s Army Birthday celebrated the people – Soldiers, families, and civilians – who make defending America 24/7 possible