DynCorp International team members in Fort Worth, Texas, and Kuwait celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on November 10, 2014. The “birthday” commemorates the establishment on the Marine Corps in 1775.
In Kuwait, the DI team even invited the Marines stationed at the American Embassy Kuwait to a celebratory lunch. With more than 60 percent of DI’s total workforce having previously served in the U.S. military, occasions such as the Marine Corps birthday hits close to home for many DI team members.
In Fort Worth, Texas, a Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer sword was used to cut a celebratory cake. Per tradition, the oldest Marine in attendance cuts the cake and presents a piece to the youngest Marine in attendance.
“As the youngest Marine at our celebration, it was meaningful to experience the symbolism of the oldest Marine passing on his wisdom to the next generation, emphasizing the fact that Marines take care of young Marines before they look to their own needs,” said Clinton Barkley, DynCorp International Operations manager.
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces.