Hispanic Soldiers Celebrating 230th Army Birthday in Times Square

Hispanic Soldiers Celebrating 230th Army Birthday in Times Square


–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US Newswire)—

ADVISORY for Tuesday, June 14th

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody will be joined by several proud Hispanic Soldiers during a special ceremony in Times Square tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14) from 8-9 a.m. The Army will honor more than 80 Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom veterans by awarding them their respective campaign medals. Eight other Soldiers will reenlist that morning as more than 100 other Soldiers pledge a “Reaffirmation of Duty” on Military Island as part of the Army’s worldwide 230th birthday celebration.

Hispanic Soldiers from the greater New York area will be available for interview after the ceremony. Their names are listed at the end of this release.

Rising country music star Keni Thomas will add the musical element to the Army birthday “salute.” Thomas – a former Army Ranger and Bronze Star recipient for heroic actions in Mogadishu – is celebrating the release of his new single “Gloryland” from his debut album “Flags of Our Fathers: A Soldier’s Story.”


General Cody; 100-plus active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers; and country music artist Keni Thomas.


Gather in Times Square to recognize war veterans and to reaffirm Soldiers’ dedication to defending the nation and America’s Army.


8-9 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 – Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s 230th birthday


Times Square Recruiting Station Island, between 43rd & 44th Streets on Broadway, Manhattan, N.Y.


A dynamic opportunity for Soldiers to celebrate the 230th birthday of America’s Army and rededicate themselves to their commitment as Soldiers.

Since its birth on June 14, 1775 — more than a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed — the United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of our nation. Soldiers have fought more than 10 wars, from the American Revolution through the Cold War, the Gulf War, to the current Global War on Terrorism. This 230th birthday is recognition of the Army’s history, traditions and service to the nation. As this year’s birthday theme points out, this is a “Call to Duty” – marking 230 years of service to our nation.


— SSG Tyrone Almendarez — served in Afghanistan with A Battery, 3/6 Field Artillery, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y. His hometown is North Bergen, N.J. He’s been a Soldier for almost nine years and a recruiter in New York City for the last nine months.

— SSG Miguel Castillo — served in Iraq with the 2/8 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. His hometown is Miami. He’s been a Soldier for six years and a recruiter in New York City for the last six months.

— SFC Jose Almanzar — served in Iraq with the 773rd Transportation Company. The Soldier is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He has 23 years of combined service in the active duty Army (10 years) and Army Reserve. He became a recruiter in New York three weeks ago.

— SGT Jose Arestero — served in Iraq with the 8th Battalion, 101st and 2/17th Cavalry. This proud Puerto Rican Soldiers has been in the Army 4 1/2 years and an Army recruiter in New York for one month.

— Sgt. Nestor Rivas — served in Iraq with the 17th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Ok. The Soldier is from Patterson, N.J. and has been in the Army six year. He’s been with the New York Recruiting Battalion for 1-1/2 years.

— SSgt. Ricardo Quinones-Cerezo — This Soldier and current Army recruiter is from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

— Lt. Col. Joseph R. Feliciano is the commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion — New York and just took command of the battalion last month.

— Command Sgt. Maj. Sergio Rivera is the senior enlisted advisor to Colonel Feliciano for all matters regarding Soldiers in the New York Recruiting Battalion.

Released by Army Public Affairs-New York Branch.

For more information, call 212-784-0112 or 917-578-3713.



Army Public Affairs-New York Branch,

212-784-0112 or 917-578-3713

Hispanic Soldiers Celebrating 230th Army Birthday in Times Square