231ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY

Date Signed: 6/15/2007
ALMARS Active Number: 041/06

R 120006Z OCT 06
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 041/06
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/231ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY//
POC/SGT M. BELL/ADMIN CHIEF/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE MARINE CORPS, IT IS AN
HONOR TO SALUTE THE UNITED STATES NAVY ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR 231ST
ANNIVERSARY.  WHAT BEGAN AS TWO SWIFT SAILING VESSELS FITTED WITH
CARRIAGE GUNS HAS FLOURISHED INTO THE MOST POWERFUL AND
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED NAVY IN THE WORLD.
2.  FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO THE CURRENT WAR ON TERROR, THE
SAILORS OF THE U.S. NAVY HAVE REPEATEDLY PROVEN THEIR METTLE IN
COMBAT-ALWAYS PERFORMING WITH HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT.  SINCE
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT DEPLOYED THE GREAT WHITE FLEET, THE
NAVY HAS MAINTAINED A FORWARD PRESENCE AROUND THE GLOBE.  TOGETHER,
THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS TEAM HAS ESTABLISHED A LEGACY OF DEDICATION,
FLEXIBILITY, AND SELFLESS SERVICE-WHETHER DEFENDING FREEDOM,
SAFEGUARDING OUR SHORES, OR PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN AID. 
3.  IN HONOR OF THIS ANNIVERSARY, WE ALSO RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO
RECOGNIZE THE IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE SPECIAL
SAILORS-NAVY CHAPLAINS AND CORPSMEN-WHO MEND BOTH MIND AND BODY,
WHETHER UNDER FIRE IN DUSTY COMBAT ZONES, OR HERE AT HOME CARING FOR
RETURNING VETERANS AND MARINE FAMILIES. 
4.  AS OUR SERVICES CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER IN DEVELOPING THE
NAVAL AND AMPHIBIOUS WARFIGHTING CONCEPTS OF THE FUTURE, KNOW THAT
THE "SOLDIERS OF THE SEA" REMAIN PROUD TO STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
WITH THE WORLD'S FINEST NAVY.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND SEMPER FIDELIS.
M. W. HAGEE, GENERAL, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE
MARINE CORPS.//