Real-time Captioning Support for Army Birthday Ball

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Rarely does one have the opportunity to mark a 239th birthday, but that’s exactly the milestone the United States Army celebrated on June 21st at its annual Army Birthday Ball.  One thing that surely was not available at the Army’s first birthday in 1776 was Computer Assisted Real-time Translation (CART); thanks to advances in technology over the last two centuries, NCC was privileged to provide this important service for this year’s event, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Our captioner was on-site at the Ball to provide accurate real-time captions for the entire event, which included several speeches and live performances.  More than 1,000 soldiers and their family members joined the festivities with Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno; and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III.  Later, the Army band Downrange took the stage to perform.  The Ball also included dancing, fine dining, and of course a large red, white, and blue birthday cake to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to supporting the Army Birthday Ball, NCC has proudly provided our range of services to several military events in recent years, including Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremonies in 2012 and 2013, and the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial Service in 2012.

NCC was honored to create a better experience for those in attendance who relied on accurate real-time captioning to fully experience the Army Birthday Ball.  We wish the Army a very happy 239th birthday, and thank all the men and women in our Armed Forces for their dedicated service.

In that same patriotic vein, we wish everyone a happy Fourth of July!  We hope you’ll enjoy fireworks, barbecues, sporting events, and time with friends and family this holiday weekend as we celebrate America’s 238th birthday.  (Yes, the Army is one year older than the country it defends, since it officially started in 1775 as the Continental Army.)  Happy Fourth from NCC!