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      Third Army celebrates 94th birthday at Shaw Base

      Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Third Army/ARCENT commanding general (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephan Frennier, Third Army/ARCENT senior enlisted leader (right) join Col. Nanette Gallant, Third Army/ARCENT chief of information operations division (middle left), and Spc. Carina Miranda, Third Army/ARCENT supply specialist (middle right), in cutting a cake celebrating Third Army/ARCENTâ??s 94th birthday during a ceremony on Lucky Field, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. November 7. Gallant and Miranda are the oldest and youngest Soldiers, respectively, currently serving at the Third Army/ARCENT main command post at Shaw AFB.

      SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- Soldiers, civilian employees and families of the Third Army are celebrating their 94th birthday with a ceremony of the unit's battle streamers, cake-cutting and chili cook-off.

      Army spokeswoman Maj. Antoinette Baucom says Wednesday's celebrations are being held at Shaw Air Force Base, where the unit is headquartered.

      The parade of battle streamers carried by soldiers takes place on Lucky Field at Patton Hall. The cake-cutting is conducted by the unit's oldest and youngest soldiers.

      Participants are invited to attend a chili competition, barbeque and sporting events.

      The Third Army stood up as an Army unit on Nov. 7, 1918, at Chaumont, France during the closing days of World War I. It now supports U.S. military operations in the Middle East and central Asia.