MARINE BARRACKS, Washington, D.C. -- Major General Thomas S. Jones, commanding general, Training and Education Command, and honorary guest speaker, cut the ceremonial birthday cake as the Marine Corps Institute celebrated its 81st birthday here Feb. 5 in Lejeune Hall.
In a speech before a packed auditorium, Jones praised MCI's mission capability to train and educate Marines of every age, rank and military occupational specialty.
"You're talking about an enterprise that's touched over 10 million Marines," Jones said. "Please remind yourself how important you are."
Under the direction of Major Gen. John A. Lejeune and Brigadier Gen. Smedley D. Butler, on Feb. 2, 1920, Lieutenant Col. William C. "Bo" Harllee founded what would later become known as MCI.
During MCI's tenure, the school's curriculum has evolved from vocational education (the first class was called Gas Engine Design and Operations) to a program that contains all the tools every Marine needs to be successful and proficient. Whether on the battlefield or in the office, MCI gives Marines an opportunity to better themselves.
Enrollment has also seen a dramatic increase. While more than 100 officers and enlisted Marines participated in the first course, MCI now serves devil dogs in every clime and place, educating Marines from "8th & I" to Okinawa and all points in-between.
In 1999, MCI accepted the first online enrollment and continues to develop with the ever-changing world of technology, improving their ability to educate and train Marines.
For more information concerning the Marine Corps Institute or online enrollment, logon at http://www.mci.usmc.mil.