11/7/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy salute the Marine Corps on its 237th birthday Nov. 10.
Donley wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Navy stating, "On behalf of the men and women of the United States Air Force, congratulations as you celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
"Generations of Marines have faithfully demonstrated the honor, courage, and commitment that will always remain the hallmarks of the Corps. Those who wear the emblem of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor today are adding new chapters of valor to the Corps' history that will inspire generations to come.
"America's Airmen are proud to protect our Nation's freedoms alongside the men and women of the United States Marine Corps. We wish you all the best as you celebrate this important day."
Welsh wrote a letter to the Commandant of the Marine Corps stating, "On behalf of the Airmen of the United States Air Force, congratulations to the Leathernecks of the United States Marine Corps as you celebrate 237 years of selfless service to our Nation.
"The Marines have served as the Nation's elite fighting force since before America declared her independence. That tradition of excellence remains in your Service today, with each Marine symbolizing the pinnacle of honor, courage, and commitment, inspiring the generations who follow.
"The men and women of the U.S. Air Force are proud to serve alongside their Marine brothers and sisters in the defense of freedom and the American way of life. Semper Fi!"
Roy wrote a letter to the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps stating, "I'm writing to wish a Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. For hundreds of years, brave and valiant Marines have protected our country in the air, on land and at sea. Americans have come to rely on Marines to be most ready when the Nation is least ready.
"Marines have served with bravery and made selfless sacrifices for 237 years. Since the Corps' founding at Tun Tavern in 1775, Marines have served with honor, courage and commitment. From the American Revolutionary War to current operations in Afghanistan, Marines have remained focused, ready and willing to answer our nation's call.
"On behalf of Airmen everywhere, thank you for your service. We look forward to working together to continue to bring the fight to the enemy."