The U.S. Armymarks its 238th birthday on June 14. To help the Army celebrate the occasion, four students from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, who are also veterans have been preparing a special birthday cake. The cake will be cut during a birthday ceremony at 10 a.m. that day in Father Duffy Square in New York City.
General John Campbell, the vice chief of staff of the Army will be joined by the oldest and youngest soldier in that branch of the military for the cake cutting. An Army saber will be used to slice the cake, and invited guests will then be able to enjoy a piece of the birthday cake—which will be transported to Manhattan from the CIA's campus early on the morning of June 14. The CIA's relationship with the U.S. military dates to the college's founding in 1946, when its primary goal was to train veterans returning from World War II to enter the post-war workforce. Today, about 150 veterans from all five branches of the armed forces are enrolled in the CIA's associate and bachelor's degree programs, supported by the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.