By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins
On Nov. 10, we will celebrate the United States Marine Corps’ 243rd birthday — a day that is dedicated to “The Few, The Proud, The Marines” for their honorable service to our nation.
In 1775, a committee of the Continental Congress met at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to fight for our independence at sea and on shore. Not long after, the Continental Marine Act was passed and the Continental Marines were established.
They have been critical in our fight for independence from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror. With the capability to expeditiously deploy highly skilled personnel, Marines defend democracy and liberty around the world on a moment’s notice.
Marines embody unwavering honor to their organization through dedication to duty, integrity and leading from the front. Whether it be presence on the battlefield or peacekeeping operations, Marines continue to perform bravely around the globe while defending America’s freedoms.
Here at Fort Leonard Wood, we are proud to serve with our esteemed Marine Corps Detachment, and we salute the great history and fighting spirit of the Marine Corps.
Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Hodgkins is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood interim command sergeant major.)