Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. It's a very special day for Marines everywhere. Around the globe, Marines past and present are commemorating this day and wishing each other a Happy Birthday. No other service celebrates their birthday in quite the same manner. It's a time of reflection. It's a time of celebration. It's a time to reconnect.
Here's a picture at the very beginning. Here I am in 1990 with my roommates at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia - a young Second Lieutenant.
And here I am 22 years later at my retirement ceremony at 6th Communications Battalion, Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York this August. My retirement t-shirt says it all "Not as lean, not as mean, but still a Marine!"
Finally, here's the official 2012 Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Geneneral James F. Amos and Sergeant Major Micheal P. Barrett, present the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message. Footage includes historical b-roll and images from Guadalcanal as well as interviews with WWII veterans, subject matter experts, active duty Marines and Marine spouses.
To all my Marine Corps buddies around the world - Semper Fidelis and Happy Birthday!