Ints Kalnins/REUTERSParatroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the U.S. Army in Europe take part in the “Black Arrow” military exercise in Rukla, May 14, 2014June 14
is the US Army’s Birthday. The Army traces its roots to the foundation of the Continental Army which was formed on June 14, 1775, from a combination of state militias.
From this inauspicious start, the US Army has gone on to become the strongest fighting force in the world.
The US Army is the largest of the branches on the United States Armed Forces, and it is responsible for land-based operations. Despite this, the Army still has access to some of the best technology in the world, including planes, helicopters, and mechanized infantry.
As the US Army withdraws from the War in Afghanistan and funding is cut, the Army is slated to be reduced to its smallest size since before World War II. Despite its smaller nature, the Army will still be ready to deploy wherever it is needed.
To celebrate America’s Army, we’ve pulled out some of the coolest photos from the archives.