CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
General Joseph F. Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
celebrated the United States Marine Corps’ 240th birthday with Marines, sailors,
families and guests of II Marine Expeditionary Force here Nov. 7, 2015.
the guest of honor for the ball, praised the Marines for their accomplishments
during the past year, particularly operations in support of crises response and
participation during Exercises African Lion, the largest U.S. military exercise
on the continent of Africa, and Bold Alligator, the largest amphibious military
exercise on the East Coast.
first thing I want to do is thank you all for what you have done over this past
year and if nothing else just tell you how proud I am of you all,” Dunford
reminisced about how some of his first memories during his time in the Marine
Corps were formed at Camp Lejeune.
and I have been looking forward to this for some weeks now, mostly just to be
back around Marines, and for us, this is actually a homecoming of sorts because
this was our first duty station, where we got married, and our first ball took
place at this field house,” added the chairman.
Gen. Walter L. Miller Jr., commanding general of II MEF, expounded upon the
significance of the Marine Corps birthday and celebration during his opening
remarks and introduction of Dunford.
evident through all aspects of the Corps, including our hymn, recruiting
process, training, and in our refusal to fail on the field of battle, that the
Marine Corps is the only branch that recruits people specifically to fight and
that’s why I love Marines,” Miller said. “Individually you are as different as apples
and oranges but you are linked for eternity by the title Marine and by the fact
that you are part of the finest fighting force that has ever existed in