Happy 239th Birthday Navy! On October 13th, it is important that we reflect on who we are and where we started. It is a day which marks the cornerstone of our proud service beginnings.
As you operate forward, and stand the watch around the globe, you embody the characteristics of the patriots that went before us. Our greatest traditions live within the foundation of their courage and perseverance. On this day, we pause and remember the proud heritage and service of previous Shipmates. Likewise, we will always remember those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Navy and our Nation.
This year, our Birthday theme is “thanking those who support us.” Our families, friends, communities, industry, and organizations have helped support us and we owe a debt of gratitude. Our success as individuals and as a Navy is achieved with them at our side. We could not execute our mission at a high level without their unwavering support.
Moving forward, we will continue to use the three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready. We will be ready today, while also building the Navy to win tomorrow. From 13 October 1775 until today, history has proven time and again that a powerful Navy is vital to ensuring the prosperity of our economy and the safety of our citizens. This is the legacy we celebrate today. Happy Birthday, Shipmates!
From the CNO's Live Blog: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/.
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