U.S. Army launches first-ever Army Week in Boston

By Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris | 99th Readiness Division | April 9, 2019

BOSTON —

The U.S. Army kicked off its first-ever Army Week here April 8 with an event at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall.

“On behalf of the people of Massachusetts, welcome to all the members of the Army for Army Week,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “I speak with gratitude for the men and women who currently serve in uniform, and for those who have served all the way back to the beginning of the nation.”

“Here in Boston, we have the utmost respect for our military men and women, and our veterans,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Army Week - Boston is a Total Army community outreach effort to connect the Boston community and its citizens with the Army they haven't met yet – including active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.

“You will not find a more patriotic city than Boston, or a more patriotic state than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard.

“The Army Reserve has a strong presence here in Boston and throughout Massachusetts” said Maj. Gen. Mark W. Palzer, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division. “The Army Reserve is poised, positioned and ready to serve America’s citizens at home, and defend freedom abroad.”

The Army has more than 150 career choices available to the adventure-seeking, qualified citizens of the Boston area. More than 50 of these are in the healthcare field, and 99 percent of all Army jobs have related civilian credentials.

“The reality is that less than one percent of the American population serves in the armed forces today,” said Brig. Gen. Vincent Malone, senior commander at the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center. “Our Soldiers are our greatest asset.”

Army Week events across the city will include performances by Army Bands, such as the Six-String Soldiers and the U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band; aerial jumps by the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Parachute Demonstration Team; science and engineering equipment displays; and lectures by senior Army personnel at universities and the Museum of Science, just to name a few. 

Make sure you stop by the Boston Common, Saturday, April 13, right after lunchtime to catch Army Band performances and see the Black Daggers jump in to the park! You can also see and feel some of the Army’s latest technology and gear at the Expo on the Commons.

Below is a schedule of events:

April 10: 
• Check out cutting-edge and seldom-seen by the public Army science and tech exhibits at MIT’s Lincoln Beaver Works, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, Mass., from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Interested in Army Medicine? Ask me how media can attend a “Stop the bleed” lecture at Tufts; Noon.

April 11: Learn how the Army is using the latest tools and trends in Cyber and AI: Northeastern U; 12- 5 p.m.

April 12:
• How the Army is preparing for the future has drastically changed. Come learn how at the Army Futures Symposium at MIT’s Stata Center from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
• Don’t miss performances by Army Bands at the Marathon Expo and Fan Fest!

April 13:
• Learn what it takes to fuel up in the Army, come visit our experts at the Museum of Science, starting at 11 a.m.
• Meet The Army on the Common! From 12:30-5 p.m., near the Parkman Bandstand, you can catch performances by the Six-String Soldiers, the U.S. Army Drill Team, a parachute demonstration jump, an expo of the latest Army tech and gear, and a swearing in of Boston’s best. Come spend the afternoon with us!

April 14: 
• Got what it takes to work out with the Army? Join PT at Boston Common, near Parkman Bandstand starting at 7:30 a.m!
• Ready to run? Fuel up at the pre-race dinner and enjoy the sounds of the Six-String Soldiers.

April 15: The Army salutes the runners showing up on Race Day! Be sure you catch the Army out and about on Race Day. Don’t be shy, say hi and #MeetYourArmy! Can’t make it? Follow along with #ArmyWeek on your favorite platforms, or visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ArmyWeek2019. Please contact Ms. Erin Stattel at erin.o.stattel.civ@mail.mil for more details or to arrange access to the Medical event.