Air Force leaders send birthday messages to Marine Corps

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy salute the Marine Corps on its 236th 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 on the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

"For over two hundred years, America's Marines have embodied the finest traditions of military service, honor and commitment. Today's men and women who wear the emblem of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor display the fidelity, courage and valor that continue to build upon the Corps' proud heritage.

"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 the Marine Corps' birthday."

Schwartz wrote a letter to the commandant of the Marine Corps stating: "Congratulations to the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps on the celebration of 236 years of dedicated service to our great Nation. With a heritage that is rich in courage, honor and commitment, today's Marine Corps embodies the same warrior ethos that has prevailed since 1775, before the Founding Fathers had even declared our Nation's independence.

"The men and women of the U.S. Air Force are proud to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps in defending our Nation and protecting our way of life. We wish the Marine Corps a very happy birthday."

Roy wrote a letter to the sergeant major of the Marine Corps stating: "Happy birthday to you and all of our Marines as you fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. You deserve to be proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

"Since 1775, our Marines have served with exceptional bravery and made extraordinary sacrifices for 236 years, and you continue to inspire others with your honor, courage and commitment. At a time when our country is dealing with scarce resources and rapidly advancing technologies, our Marines remain focused and ready to answer our nation's call.

"On behalf of Airmen everywhere, thank you for your service, and we look forward to serving together wherever the mission may take us."