Marine Corps Commandant Birthday Message (video)
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen David Berger, and the Sgt Maj of the Corps, Troy Black, released the USMC Birthday Message for 2019. Birthday messages from Commandants are generally emotional for some, and are specifically designed to inspire. This one at the 244th Birthday of the Corps is no different.
The Marine Corps has always fought, not just for the country, but for the marines on either side of them and those who have gone before. It’s a “team effort” according to the video- one that has transcended 244 years.
“Marines win as a team. It’s a team sport. We get there, fight, sustain, advance and win as a team.” Sgt Maj Black
Gen Berger took command of the Marine Corps on July 11 of 2019 after confirmation in the Senate upon the retirement of Gen Robert Neller. He is the 38th Commandant of the Corps, and has been a Marine since 1981. The change of command ceremony was conducted at the Washington Barracks.
According to the Marines website in July,
General David H. Berger received the battle colors of the Marine Corps from Gen. Robert B. Neller during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, July 11, signifying his new position as the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Berger, a Woodbine, Maryland native and 38-year Marine veteran, assumes responsibility as the senior ranking officer of the Corps.
“This is a special generation of Marines and Sailors, and I am quite confident that we will continue to be the force the nation needs us to be,” said Berger. “I am honored for the opportunity to continue serving in this cloth.”
The other person who speaks in the Commandant’s video is Sgt Maj Troy Black, whom we have written about previously.
“Once a Marine always a Marine is not just a slogan. Here’s to 244 years of success as a Corps.” Commandant Gen David Berger
Indeed, General, Semper Fi. Your birthday party is almost here – Happy Birthday, Marines!
Featured photo: Commandant David Berger- US Marine Corps photo