Commanding general leads traditional birthday run

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

He said the quality group of Marines and sailors made his job easier.

“There is no A team in this wing,” Walters said. “Everybody’s A team, which makes it easy because we can fill requirements across the globe and we know that whoever we put in is going to fulfill those requirements.”

He said he had recently met with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who said the current group of Marines is adding to the legacy of the Corps.

“It makes me very, very proud to hear the Secretary of the Navy tell us that,” he said. “Take that with you. Always keep that with you because no matter what you do 30 years from now, there’s a part of you that will always wear this colored uniform and you will take that ethos with you until the last days of your life.”

The Marines and sailors were not alone on their run. Many lined up along the route to cheer and shout encouragement. Elisha Baker, who works at Cherry Point, said she came out because she had a lot of close friends participating in the run.

“I want them to now that we support them,” she said of the military. “They work hard to support the fleet, and this is just another way for us to show our support on their birthday and to show them that we love them and are behind them.” 

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