By Brig. Gen. James Bonner
Special to GUIDON
On Tuesday, we celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Navy.
With the establishment of the Continental Navy in 1775, our naval teammates fought for our independence against the British. By 1794, it was made a permanent force, and it has participated in every major military campaign in our nation’s history ever since.
The Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment build a foundation of trust that makes them the world’s premier naval force. It boasts both the largest navy and the second largest air force, making it one of America’s most powerful tools to project power and deter our adversaries. Serving in times of war and peace, the men and women of the Navy maintain the freedom of sea, air and land routes with honor and distinction.
At Fort Leonard Wood, we have a unique opportunity to serve with Sailors through the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment. The Seabees, Civil Engineer Corps officers and Department of Navy civilians who train here gain key construction and facilities management knowledge to support fleet readiness.
We appreciate the vital role they play in the Fort Leonard Wood and Department of Defense Team of Teams as they provide critical engineering solutions to the U.S. Navy.
Happy birthday, Navy!
Thank you for all your hard work in defense of this great nation. We are proud to serve with you.
“Non sibi sed patriae!” (Not self, but country!)
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Bonner is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general.)