Banner Icon could not be loaded.

 

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

"Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command"

Twentynine Palms, California
Marines celebrate Corps’ birthday

By Cpl. D.J. Wu | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | November 16, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --

Marines, sailors and families with the Combat Center’s Headquarters Battalion came together to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 238th birthday at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nov. 10, 2013.

Hundreds of Marines reveled in their shared birthday. It is the time of year when Marines decorate themselves in their dress blue “A” uniform to celebrate their proud military heritage.

The ceremony, steeped in tradition, featured Sgt. Maj. Ray V. Wilburn (Ret.), a well-known veteran in the Twentynine Palms community. At 94 years old, Wilburn was the oldest Marine present and the battalion’s guest of honor.

“We are privileged to be in the same room, standing side by side with a giant,” said Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Combat Center Commanding General, referring to Wilburn. “He’s the kind of legend that you and I read about. It’s incredible to have a living legend with us tonight.”

During his 30-year career, Wilburn survived much of the Marine Corps’ historic wars and key battles. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. While Wilburn had the floor, he shared some of his stories, starting with his modest upbringing on through his Marine Corps career.

“I joined the Marine Corps because I was hungry,” Wilburn said jokingly. “Standing here in front of all this talent is truly humbling.”

Along with Wilburn’s account of his years in the Marine Corps, the ceremony included a message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, reading from Maj. Gen John A. Lejuene, and the cutting of the birthday cake. 

After the ceremony all in attendance joined together with dinner, music and some light hearted dancing. Camaraderie and esprit de corps was in the air as every celebrated. 

The Marine Corps’ birthday is always cause for celebration whether forward deployed or in garrison. Marines will pause on that day and remember our history. It’s also a time to reflect on what Marines have done for the country.

After 238 years the Marine Corps is still standing strong. Marines worldwide are still in the fight and will continues for another 238 years and beyond to keep our traditions alive.

Imageball Imagebirthday Imagecelebrate Imagecenter Imagecombat ImageMAGTFTC Imagemarines ImageMCAGCC Imagetradition

No Comments


Add Comment

(required)
  Post Comment
 
Unit News

Combat Center battles war on traffic safety

By Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis | April 18, 2014

Fifty stars and 13 stripes were carefully folded and a single bugle somberly bellowed “Taps” across the Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. A Marine handed the nation’s colors, folded in to a neat triangle, to Christina Formosa. As she clutched it tight to her chest, she placed her hand among the red, white and yellow flowers, atop the coffin of her husband, Master Gunnery Sgt. Nick Formosa, and after 28 years of marriage, she bid her final farewell to the love of her life and a Marine whose life was taken too soon. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

What I’ve Learned: Daniel Mulvihill

By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock | April 18, 2014

Mulvihill is a retired Marine staff sergeant working as the safety specialist with 7th Marine Regiment. He is a Vietnam War veteran who earned a silver star during a battle that made him and his company known as the most highly decorated small unit in the history of the military. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

CDC youth perform comedy skit

By Cpl. Charles Santamaria | April 16, 2014

The Child Development Center’s Youth and Teens program hosted the Superhero Support Group event in the Mustang Room of their main building, April 16, 2014. The event was part of a month-long celebration known as Month of the Military Child. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

Headquarters Battalion promotes safety during operational pause

By Cpl. Charles Santamaria | April 15, 2014

Whether it's in the seat of a vehicle, out in the field, on a forward operating base in Afghanistan or day-to-day life stateside, safety comes first. Twice a year, an operational pause is designated to have a time for Marines and sailors aboard the Combat Center to receive classes on safety and also inform them of common mistakes that can change their lives. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

Marines make first appearance at Woof Walk

By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock | April 12, 2014

Combat Center military policemen demonstrated the capabilities of their working dogs during the 3rd Annual Woof Walk at Pioneertown, Calif., April, 12, 2014. MORE
Comments 0 Comments