R 071600Z JUL 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/1ST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING 80TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I am honored to recognize the Marines and Sailors of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) on the occasion of its 80th anniversary.
2. Beginning with its activation on 7 July 1941, 1st MAW has proven an essential component of the Marine Corps rapid response mission. The 18 streamers that adorn its battle colors are a testament to its contribution to our Nation’s defense. From its headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, 1st MAW has established a reputation of diligent service in support of fellow warfighters as well as responding to natural disasters throughout the Pacific and South Asia. No matter the mission, the Marines and Sailors of 1st MAW carry out their duties with impressive professionalism and a commitment to excellence.
3. Whenever called upon, the Marines and Sailors of 1st MAW stand ready to respond rapidly and effectively. For your service, and upon this anniversary, I and your fellow Marines extend to you our warmest congratulations and deepest appreciation.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis. David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//