By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin
and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Sunday, we celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States Navy, which traces its origins to the Continental Navy, established in 1775, before the foundation of the United States of America. By 1794, it was a permanent force, which has participated in every major military campaign our nation has seen around the world.
The core values of honor, courage and commitment have carried on from those early days of naval service to today.
Serving in times of war and peace, the men and women of the Navy maintain the freedom of sea, air, and land with honor and distinction.
At Fort Leonard Wood, we are proud to serve with Sailors in training and permanent party members of the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood.
Seabees, civil engineer corps officers and civilians here gain the support for career growth and an optimal state of fleet readiness.
We appreciate their critical role in our Team of Teams as they train many essential skills and tools including: construction equipment engineering, technical engineering, disaster relief and recovery operations.
Happy birthday to the United States Navy.
On behalf of a grateful nation, we thank you for all you do. We are proud to serve with you.
“Non sibi sed patriae!”
(Not self, but country!)
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)