Commandant wishes Coast Guard happy birthday
By Cpl. Edward R. Guevara Jr.
| | August 05, 2005
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. --
The depot's Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 joined other Coast Guard units as they celebrated their service's 215th birthday yesterday.
"On behalf of all Marines, it is an honor to salute the United States Coast Guard as you celebrate 215 years of distinguished service to our nation," wrote Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. M.W. Hagee, addressing the Coast Guard in a message to all Marines. The Coast Guard has been aboard the depot since 1993.
Since their arrival, the units' members have made themselves at home, making use of depot amenities, training equipment, and most notably, participating in the Commanding General's Cup.
According to intramural sports coordinator Rachel Dickinson, the Coast Guard teams have stepped up their overall ranking every year since 2002, when they placed fifth. Last year they took second, and according to Dickinson, they are on track for a possible first place finish this year.
With its most recent unit added and increased interaction with other depot units, the Coast Guard is now a more visible part of the depot family.
All Coast Guard personnel were commended on their contributions to the nation and its people through Gen. Hagee's birthday message.
"Since August 4th, 1790, the Coast Guard's legacy is one of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Standing vigilant over our nation's shores for over two centuries, the Coast Guard remains true to the phrase 'Every hour, every day, around the clock and around the world.' Today, as threats to our nation abound in the global war on terror, your tireless efforts are directly responsible for the increased security we enjoy here at home," Gen. Hagee continued.
"Marines the world over respect your professionalism, courage, and constant vigilance. We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as you celebrate this anniversary. Semper Fidelis and Semper Paratus," closed Gen. Hagee.