Marine Aviation Detachment celebrates Corps' birthday

Sgt. Maj. Eric Bauer of the Marine Aviation Detachment onboard NAS Patuxent River, left, reads Gen. John A. Lejeune’s traditional birthday message during a cake cutting ceremony marking the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps that took place at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Nov. 5.

On Nov. 5, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) hosted a traditional cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, which was attended by Marines onboard NAS Patuxent River. To ensure proper social distancing, the ceremony took place in the school’s spacious hangar.

Sgt. Maj. Eric Bauer of the Pax River Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) read the traditional birthday message written by Gen. John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1921. Col. Justin Eggstaff, MAD commanding officer, cut a specially prepared birthday cake, offering the first piece to the oldest Marine in attendance, USNTPS commanding officer Lt. Col. Rory Feely, and the second piece to the youngest, Sgt. Robert Kirk — who, Feely noted, had been born after Feely had joined the service.