R 032049Z MAR 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/178TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND, 153RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS AND 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVAL CONSTRUCTION FORCES//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of a grateful Marine Corps, I offer congratulations to all Naval Engineers as you commemorate the 178th anniversary of the Naval Engineering Command, the 153rd anniversary of the Civil Engineer Corps, and the 78th anniversary of the Naval Construction Forces. Marines are thankful for your time-honored legacy of service to our country’s Naval Forces.
2. Since its founding as the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks in 1842, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has enjoyed a proud heritage, providing our Navy and Marine Corps with exceptional installations support. Bolstered by the creation of the Civil Engineer Corps in 1867, NAVFAC has continuously provided superior technical expertise and facilities engineering service. NAVFAC supports every aspect of the infrastructure management for the Marine Corps in locations around the globe. This critical support has dramatically improved Marine Corps readiness, as well as quality of life for all Marines, Sailors, and our Sea Service families.
3. The legendary Seabees continue to build upon their legacy as force multipliers for the Navy and Marine Corps team. Since their establishment in 1942, Seabees have enhanced our capabilities to conduct advanced naval basing in an expeditionary environment. We are proud to join you in celebrating the rich heritage of the force that “Builds and Fights.”
4. As you memorialize your renowned accomplishments and “Can Do” spirit, we pause to reflect upon the many Navy Civil Engineers and Seabees who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation. Marines everywhere salute your courage, dedication, and unshakable resolve to provide our Sea Services with the best construction and engineering support.
5. Semper Fidelis! David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//