Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black led a motivational run on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Nov. 5. The run was held in celebration of the Marine Corps’ upcoming 244th birthday.

The Marines ran from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to the Marine Corps War Memorial where Berger and Black shared some motivation with the Marines.

The run began a week of celebration leading up to the birthday on Sunday.

“Having one day to celebrate the birthday is not good enough,” said the commandant. “We have to have a whole week.”

Berger then asked Marines to do three things this week. First, to stop and remember all those that have come before them. Second, to celebrate with their Marine Corps family. Finally, to look ahead at where they are going, because the Corps exists to fight and to win.


After the run, there was a moment of silence to honor all those who are forward deployed and all those that have come before them, as well as one final loud war cry that echoed across the base.

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  • Jim Barber

    Can anyone tell me how to post a story on this site? I go to “community”, Main Menu, Submit story, fill out the blanks and hit submit. Every time I get a message that says the pape can’t be found?
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  • Greg Schaub

    On Oct 27 I completed the 44 MCM, every Marine I came across was a squared away representative of the finest Military force in the world. On Oct 28 I walked around the Marine Barracks at 8 & I. Again, every Marine was sharp and extremely polite. Proud to be a Marine veteran.

    Semper Fi!

    Greg Schaub, Sgt.
    Vietnam Nam era 74-78

  • Phillip Arnone

    Yes Happy birthday!

  • Phillip Arnone

    That’s fantastic. Honor flight also, those amazing men.My father Marine WW2 & Korean war. My brother three tours Vietnam.

  • frances j brown

    happy birthday marine corps!! semper fi

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