R 011850Z MAR 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/180TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND, l55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS AND 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVAL CONSTRUCTION FORCES//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of the United States Marine Corps, I offer my warmest congratulations to all Naval engineers as you commemorate your respective anniversaries. Marines are thankful for your time-honored legacy and long-standing service to our country's Naval Forces.
2. Founded in 1842 as the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks, the BNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has enjoyed a proud heritage providing our Naval team with exceptional installations support. Strengthened by the creation of the Civil Engineer Corps in 1867, NAVFAC has continuously provided superior technical expertise and facilities engineering services for every aspect of infrastructure management to Marines around the globe, including reach back support. These critical efforts have dramatically improved Marine Corps readiness and the quality of life for Marines, Sailors, and their families.
3. Since their founding in 1942, the legendary Seabees have continued to build upon their legacy as integrated force multipliers, most recently demonstrated in the construction of temporary medical facilities as part of the Department of Defense's national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Seabees today live up to their legacy in the Indo-Pacific and beyond under the motto “We build, We fight” in support of new and developing naval concepts. We are proud to join you in celebrating the rich heritage of the Naval Construction Forces.
4. While celebrating your distinguished accomplishments and your "can do" spirit, we pause to reflect upon all Navy Civil Engineers, including Seabees, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great Nation. Marines around the globe salute your dedication, courage, and unshakable resolve to provide the utmost in construction and engineering support.
5. Semper Fidelis. David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//