ALMARS : 044/17
R 272100Z NOV 17
MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/NAVY CHAPLAIN CORPS ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On 28 November, we commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. Since the earliest battles in our Nation's war for independence, Navy Chaplains have played a crucial role in every major military operation. Members of this corps of clergy have continually proven their dedication through selfless service and staunch commitment to ensuring the spiritual well-being of members of our Sea Services and their families.
2. Whether in combat or at home, these men and women of the cloth stand by our side, compassionately comforting the injured, honoring the fallen, consoling the grieving, and providing spiritual support when needed. Marines salute your indomitable spirit and deeply appreciate the support you provide our warriors and families. In every crisis and conflict we have faced, the spiritual reassurance and calming presence of our Chaplain Corps has enabled Marines to accomplish each mission.
3. As we pause to reflect on the history of the Chaplain Corps and celebrate the innumerable contributions you make to our Sea Services, Marines extend deepest gratitude for your dedicated service and unwavering devotion to duty. On behalf of all Marines, I congratulate the Chaplain Corps on 242 years of exceptional service.
4. Semper Fidelis. Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//