World War II veteran, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Sylvester, regales paratroopers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command at the American cemetery in Normandy, France, June 6, 2011. These paratroopers are members of Task Force Normandy, which is a multinational force of U.S., U.K., French, and German soldiers, sailors, and airmen in a combined effort to remember and celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the D-Day operations.
Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez won the James E. Sullivan Award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States. Andrew is the sixth football player to win the award, and third from Army, joining Doc Blanchard (1945) and Arnold Tucker (1946).
On June 20, 1952 the 10th Special Forces Group, was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. President John F. Kennedy saw the value of maintaining Special Forces as an important capability in the Army. As a result, on April 11, 1962, President Kennedy authorized the green beret for wear by Army Special Forces. Today, we celebrate the generations of Special Forces Soldiers who have proudly served our Nation.
The US Army World Class Athlete Program- WCAP provides outstanding Soldier-athletes the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions leading to Olympic and Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career. This year, 10 Soldiers have qualified to represent our Nation at the 2012 Olympic Games and there are another 6 Soldiers (Hopefuls) that may also make the Olympic Team. Army Strong!