Cherry Point Marines celebrate birthday with three-mile run

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

“We are operationally excellent,” he said. “Nobody is better than the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at delivering aviation fire and support to our riflemen out there in the fleet. Every single one of you contributes to that effort every single day. It’s important that we are good at what we do.

“We respect and we care and we have concern for all, every single one of you, your families and those who support you. We are all United States Marines or we are sailors who support the United States Marine Corps or we are civilians who work with us as civilian Marines. Every single one of you matters.”

The 238th birthday of the Marine Corps is Nov. 10.

“It’s a very important time of year,” Hedelund said. “It’s a very important time for us to get together as brothers and sisters of our Corps and congratulate each other on our wonderful history and our wonderful time together as Marines. And whether it’s four years or 40, it matters not. What matters is that we are now a brotherhood and sisterhood of Marines that will never ever forget our time in uniform.”

He thanked those who serve in the 2nd MAW.

“It is an absolute honor to serve you,” Hedelund said. “Moments like this cannot be replaced. No matter what I have done up until now and no matter what I do in the future, I value this time with you as your servant more than anything else.

“Be proud, be happy during this time of our corps’ birthday and keep charging. Semper fidelis Marines, and happy birthday.”

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