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Brig. Gen. Jack Haley, Chief of Ordnance, leads his troops through a shower of water as they approach the finish line of the 2014 Army Birthday Run here Tuesday morning. Most of the troops cheered the cool spray on the warm summer morning. It was provided by a pumper truck from the Fort Lee Fire Department. (Photo by Patrick Buffett)

FORT LEE, Va. (June 4, 2015) -- Fort Lee will observe the Army’s 240th birthday with a variety of events June 12, culminating with a community celebration in the Lee Theater at 11:30 a.m.

The day begins with a 6 a.m. post-wide run led by Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commanding general, CASCOM and Fort Lee. Thousands of military members from the major Army schools on post – Quartermaster, Ordnance, Transportation and the Army Logistics University – will participate in the run along with other units and tenant organizations. Civilian employees are welcome to participate with their assigned organization as well.

The run will begin at the Ordnance Circle and other units will join the procession along the B Avenue and Shop Road route. At approximately 7:15 a.m., Lyons will speak to the mass formation of troops near the CASCOM headquarters building.

Post commuters should expect significant traffic delays at the locations where the runners will cross A Avenue at 11th and 20th streets, and a large portion of the CASCOM main parking lot will be closed during the event.

The Lee Theater celebration is open to everyone in the community, including civilian employees and family members. Seating will be limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early for the hour-long program.

The event will include a traditional cake-cutting ceremony with the newest and longest-serving Soldiers and DOD Civilians, in addition to top leaders from Fort Lee. After that, attendees will sing “Happy Birthday” and the “Army Song” with music by the 392nd Army Band.

“The 240th birthday of the U.S. Army is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Sgt. Maj. Forbes Daniels, CASCOM G5/7 sergeant major. “It promotes esprit de corps and spotlights the Army’s 240-year tradition of protecting the nation.”

A special Web presentation for the birthday observance is available at www.army.mil/birthday/. It includes a commemorative message from the service’s top leaders, a historical perspective, birthday posters and the Army Birthday children’s book.