Founded in a Philadelphia Tavern on 10 November 1775, the United States Marine Corps has forged a legendary legacy, while answering our nation’s call, for the past 248 years. From muzzle loaders, Browning Automatic Rifles (BAR), the F-35 Lightning and down to the deadliest weapon in the Marine Corps arsenal—the individual Marine, Marines have struck fear into the hearts and minds of our nation’s enemies. As we celebrate this 248th anniversary of the nation’s foremost warrior class—The United States Marine Corps, let us reflect on the words of The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

“Marines, you are the strength of our Corps, and your actions determine the fate of millions of future warriors and their ability to stand on your shoulders. I know that you are ready. Take pride in what you represent, you are the pinnacle of professional warriors and the model for others to follow. SMMC Ruiz and I are proud to stand among you and we’ll be with you every step of the way.”
~ 39th Commandant, General Eric Smith.

“As we come together to celebrate our 248th Birthday, I encourage every Marine to reflect on our history, and think about the moment when you asked yourself, do I have what it takes? You are on a journey that few have dared to do.”
~20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz

The National Naval Officers Association wishes all you Leathernecks Jarheads Devildogs Soldiers of the Sea  Marines, and your families a Happy 248th Birthday!