Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — these inalienable rights are an ingrained part of our national identity and have remained a part of our birthright for the last 243 years. The blanket of freedom from which we take refuge was purchased by the blood, sweat and tears of our Patriot ancestors.
Under insurmountable odds and from humble beginnings, our forefathers threw off the mantle of British subjugation to change the course of our nation’s history. Many gave their last full measure of devotion to safeguard our ideals, principles and values. Some heroes of the Revolutionary War came from unexpected places.
The military prowess of the Marquis de Lafayette, coupled with the lethal maneuvering of the French Naval Fleet and generous funding of the Continental Congress by the French government, guaranteed victory for the Colonials at the decisive battle of Yorktown.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, home of the XVIII Airborne Corps, is named in special tribute to Lafayette and memorializes his valor, loyalty and commitment to the American Cause.
Many of our XVIII Airborne Corps Warriors are deployed and following in the footsteps of those who came before — operating on the remote frontiers of freedom and prepared to seek justice for the oppressed citizens of the world. Our Soldiers are always postured to close with, engage and destroy the enemy with speed, surprise and violence of action. We are America’s Contingency Force.
We have at our fingertips the most powerful weapon against our adversaries: the might of our fighting forces, the strength of our Families and our indomitable American Spirit.
My sincerest gratitude to you and your Families for what you do each and every day in support of the mission and your Country. Thank you and God Bless.
“For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” — Thomas Jefferson
Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, command general, XVIII Airborne Corps
Command Sgt. Major Charles Albertson, command sergeant major, XVIII Airborne Corps