The conflicts over the past eight years have placed the Marine Corps far from its maritime origin. To get back on track, the Corps has a plan - the Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan.
Over the past eight years, Marines and Sailors have acquitted themselves with distinction on the plains of Iraq, in the desolate heights of Afghanistan, and through innumerable security cooperation tasks across the globe. Marines everywhere should be justifiably proud of these accomplishments but also realize that much needs to be done to achieve victory in the fight for freedom. The recent decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan constitutes a call to our Marines and Sailors to continue the extraordinary efforts that have brought us success in the fight thus far. The challenges will be many, but our Commandant remains confident that we will meet them with steadfast devotion to duty, ever mindful of our long legacy. Marines and Sailors in combat remain our only priority, and we will spare no effort in ensuring they receive the support and resources they need.