Every year Marines around the globe celebrate the birth of our illustrious Corps. From our founding in a Philadelphia bar authorized by the 2nd Continental Congress on 10 NOV 1775 until now…Marines have acquitted themselves in both peace and war.
On this day, at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait we pay tribute to all Marines that have preceded us in the previous 239 years. We honor their sacrifice and the manner in which they have contributed to our storied history.
To start our day, we have chosen a SEMPER FIDELIS 10K run aboard Camp Arifjan. Typically, all run finishers aboard the base are awarded a run t-shirt. However, due to a new rule MWR no longer awards t-shirts for birthday runs. AUSA was kind enough to sponsor our run and provide us with t-shirts to award the finishers of our 10K. The t-shirts were well received and many stated, “They were the best shirts that have been provided at any run.”
The black t-shirt has the Combined Joint Task Force logo on the front left and the Marine emblem of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor encircled by 240th Marine Corps Birthday and underscored with Semper Fidelis 10K Run, 10 NOV 2015 on the back.
Everyone enjoyed the t-shirts and they were a huge morale boost. This could not have been done without the help of the AUSA Kuwait Chapter led by Randy Williams. This chapter has been supportive of many functions to support the troops throughout Kuwait. I have enjoyed attending many of these events and have chosen to join the AUSA Kuwait Chapter as a Member…even though I’m a Marine.
The run was the perfect catalyst to start our birthday celebration, which ended with a traditional Cake Cutting Ceremony and birthday presentation by the Marines with a host of Joint, Coalition, and civilians in attendance.
AUSA’s generosity and willingness to support is a hallmark of the Kuwait Chapter and the fact they were willing to help Marines demonstrates their One Team, One Fight mentality.
Thanks again to Randy, Cathy, and the AUSA Board and Members.
LtCol James F. Coffman
Deputy OIC MCE-K