By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins
On Saturday, we will celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States Navy.
The world’s greatest force on the seas has shown excellence and honor for more than two centuries.
On this special day, we ask that you join us in thanking our Sailors for their service and sacrifice to our nation.
In 1775, American colonists and the Continental Congress understood the importance of the sea as a highway, a source of food, and a battlefield when necessary.
In order to defend our waters and fight for our independence, the Continental Navy was established with approximately 20 ships that served during the Revolutionary War.
Today, the United States Navy is the largest naval force in the world. Across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans and nearly every major body of water around the globe, Sailors continue to deter aggression and defend America’s freedom.
We are proud to live, serve and work with Sailors at Fort Leonard Wood, and we appreciate their service to our military and our nation.
America’s military remains engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, performing bravely all across the globe. We are exceedingly grateful for all of the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who continue to serve with courage and skill. We are proud to serve with you.
Happy birthday, United States Navy!
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.)