R 012130Z MAR 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/179TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND, 154TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS AND 79TH 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 179th anniversary of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the 154th anniversary of the Civil Engineer Corps, and the 79th anniversary of the Naval Construction Forces. You have a proud history of extraordinary service to Joint and Naval forces in times of both war and peace; Marines everywhere are grateful for your professionalism and can-do spirit.
2. Since its founding as the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks in 1842, Naval Facilities Engineering Command 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 continues to build on its reputation for innovation, providing facility and engineering solutions to meet the needs of our operating forces around the globe. The ability of the officers and civilians of NAVFAC to provide timely, cost effective solutions to the needs of Marines wherever we operate dramatically improved force readiness, as well as quality of life for all Marines, Sailors, and our sea service families.
3. Even as we celebrate this day, the Seabees of the Navy continue to build and fight, side by side with Marines around the world. No matter the challenge, you routinely add to your legacy by accomplishing “almost anything with almost nothing.” Your can-do spirit encourages, enables, and at times astounds us. With great admiration and affection, we are proud to join you in celebrating the rich heritage of the force that “Builds and Fights.”
4. As we reflect on your history and the many achievements of the last year, we pause for a moment to honor those Navy Civil Engineers and Seabees who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation. Marines everywhere salute your continuing dedication, professionalism, and stalwart service to our Nation.
5. Semper Fidelis! David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//