4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 8/14/2009
ALMARS Active Number: 025/09

R 142033Z AUG 09
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 025/09
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO SALUTE THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING (4TH MAW) AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR 67TH ANNIVERSARY.
2.  ACTIVATED ON 22 AUGUST 1942 AT MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, EWA, HAWAII, THE 4TH MARINE BASE DEFENSE AIRCRAFT WING WAS SOON RENAMED THE 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING.  YOUR WARFIGHTING PROWESS WAS AMPLY DEMONSTRATED DURING WORLD WAR II IN COMBAT OPERATIONS OVER THE MARSHALL AND MARIANA ISLANDS.  DURING THE KOREAN WAR, YOU AGAIN ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE BY RAPIDLY DEPLOYING FIGHTER SQUADRONS TO KOREA LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER MOBILIZATION.
3.  THE LEGACY OF READINESS AND WARFIGHTING EXCELLENCE CONTINUES TODAY AS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF 4TH MAW MAKE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SECURITY OF THE NATION.  YOUR PERFORMANCE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING, AND IS REFLECTIVE OF THE HIGHLY TRAINED AND MOTIVATED MARINES WHO MAINTAIN 4TH MAW'S HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPO AND OUTSTANDING SAFETY RECORD.
4.   AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE ADMIRATION AND SUPPORT OF YOUR MARINE CORPS AND A GRATEFUL NATION.
5.  SEMPER FI, MARINES AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//