Triangle, VA - The National Museum of the Marine Corps is proud to host "Partners in Diplomacy," a temporary exhibit that honors the Marine Security Guard (MSG) program. The show, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, will be on display from October 1, 2011 through January 12, 2012.
"The U.S. Department of State conducts American foreign policy. The U.S. Marine Corps is America's global, expeditionary force-in-readiness. Together, they stand as a solid force for American Diplomacy," states the introductory text. The panel display and historic artifact exhibit showcases more than 60 years of successful operation of the MSG program at U.S. missions worldwide, with oversight by the Department of State and its Regional Security Officers.
"Our visitors have been asking for an exhibit on the Marines who stand watch around the globe in our embassies. The Museum is delighted to be able to host this special exhibit," said Lin Ezell, Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The U.S. Marine Corps has a long history of cooperation with the Department of State, going back to the early days of the nation. Since before the raising of the United States flag in Tripoli in 1805, and the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, U.S. Marines have served on special security missions for U.S. embassies and protected American citizens in unsettled areas overseas.
The origins of the present-day Marine Security Guard program are rooted in the World War II era, when Marine detachments helped secure U.S. diplomatic missions in dangerous environments. Marine Security Guards have participated in the internal security and protection of U.S. embassies and consulates on a formal basis since 1948.
"We in the State Department value what the Marine Security Guards bring to the mission. To call this an elite group is an understatement," According to Eric J. Boswell, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Learn more about the history and heroics of the MSGs through this temporary exhibit.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, Va., and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except December 25. Admission and parking are free. For more information please call (703) 784-6107 or visit us on the web at www.usmcmuseum.org.