In the year following the tragic attacks of 11 September, we have deployed more than 80,000 Sailors and Marines outside the United States in the war against terrorism. Thousands more have supported their efforts and provided security at home and abroad. Working together, our Navy and Marine Corps have achieved many impressive accomplishments in Operation Enduring Freedom. Woven through every one of these achievements is one common trait—a rejuvenated spirit of "mutual support." As we celebrate 227 years of the Navy and Marine Corps, I am extremely proud of this spirit.