R 291820Z AUG 19
MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/177TH BIRTHDAY OF THE U.S. NAVY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of the Marine Corps, I congratulate the men and women of the Navy Medical Department for 177 years of exceptional service to our Nation.
2. Since 31 August 1842, the Navy Medical Department has consistently contributed to the strength and resilience of Marines and their families – saving countless lives on the battlefield, rendering medical aid to the wounded, and providing world-class care to ill and injured around the globe.
3. As we posture ourselves to meet the demands of the rapidly-evolving future operating environment, we are grateful to have the Navy Medical Department by our side, ensuring our ability to be the first on scene, first to help, and first to contain a brewing crisis.
4. You have built a legacy of exceptional combat support, selfless sacrifice, and commitment to our Naval Services and our country. We join you in celebrating your illustrious heritage. Our entire Marine Corps family thanks you for all that you do, and we are proud to operate alongside you in the Naval Service.
5. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//