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4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 8/17/2012
ALMARS Active Number: 034/12

R 171436Z AUG 12
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 034/12
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  ON BEHALF OF ALL MARINES, IT IS MY HONOR TO CONGRATULATE THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING ON THEIR 70TH ANNIVERSARY.
2.  ACTIVATED ON 22 AUGUST 1942 AS THE 4TH MARINE BASE DEFENSE AIRCRAFT WING AT MARINE CORPS AIR STATION EWA, HAWAII, THE 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING HAS PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN MANY OF OUR NATION'S CONFLICTS.  BEGINNING WITH THE PACIFIC CAMPAIGN OF WORLD WAR II AND CONTINUING TO TODAY'S FIGHT IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS OF AFGHANISTAN, THE MARINES OF 4TH MAW CONTINUE TO ADD TO THE WING'S STELLAR REPUTATION AND LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS.  THE AIRCRAFT WING TO OUR RELIABLE AND ENGAGED MARINE CORPS RESERVE, 4TH MAW IS AN IRREPLACEABLE ELEMENT IN THE WARFIGHTING EFFORT AND CRISIS RESPONSE CAPABILITY OF OUR CORPS.
3.  AS YOU CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF 4TH MAW'S ACTIVATION, IT IS FITTING TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THIS NATION.  THE 4TH MAW'S COMMEMORATION IS ALSO AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MARINES TO REFLECT UPON OUR HISTORY AND REMEMBER THE VALUES ON WHICH OUR CORPS WAS BUILT.
4.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//



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