Commanding general leads traditional birthday run

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 03:56 PM.

Marines and sailors followed behind in their squadrons, shouting cadences along the three-mile route and carrying the flags of the Marine Corps and their units.

After the run on a cold but sunny and cloudless morning, the group formed on the parade grounds in front of the 2nd MAW headquarters building to hear Walters’ address.

 “I just want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of what you’ve done the past six months and really for 2nd MAW through this conflict,” he told them.

He said he expected many of the Marines and sailors to be deployed again.

“A lot of you will be going forward again. A lot of you have been forward with the 2nd MAW,” Walters said. “It’s amazing to me how we can sustain that kind of dedication to country. If we didn’t have it, we wouldn’t have the kind of country that we live in now.”

Walters also expressed appreciation for their work when so many are deployed around the world.

“There’s very few of you,” he said. “If you look around — and I’ve got the best vantage point right here — it looks like we have a lot of people in this wing, and we do. But we never, ever have enough, not for what’s going on in the world today and not for what our nation needs us to do.”

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