The United States Marine Corps has supported U.S. diplomacy since the founding of our nation.
Since 1949, Marine Security Guard detachments at U.S. diplomatic posts abroad have worked closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service to protect and safeguard American diplomacy.
Happy 243rd birthday @USMC! For the last 70+ years, Marines and the @StateDept have shared an extraordinary partnership dedicated to the security of our posts, personnel, and information overseas. OORAH! pic.twitter.com/chvu7Z8wRw— DSS (@StateDeptDSS) November 9, 2018
Marine Security Guards (MSGs) stand duty 24 hours each day, seven days a week, at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. They staff the all-important Post One communications center at our embassies, thereby ensuring vital emergency communications are properly routed during times of emergency or heightened alert.
MSGs protect classified information and equipment from unauthorized disclosure, and provide internal security protection for U.S. citizens and U.S. Government property under a range of circumstances, up to and including hostile assaults.
Happy 243rd birthday, @USMC! On behalf of @StateDept, I am proud to celebrate the service and commitment of Marines past and present, and give a special thanks to the men and women who protect our diplomatic posts around the world. #MarineCorpsBirthday pic.twitter.com/cLkwzfrtfh— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 10, 2018
The courage and support of the MSGs has been constant in every situation. On November 10, 2018, we wish the Marines, a happy 243rd birthday!
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