Continuing the post-Cold War trend, in 2010 U.S. Marines conducted a wide variety of expeditionary activities across the range of military operations. Those included completing the withdrawal of Marine Corps forces from Iraq, implementing the new campaign design for Afghanistan—in what is arguably the most difficult area of that country—and applying amphibious capabilities in numerous operations across the globe, including two major humanitarian-assistance efforts. At home, the Marine Corps reinvigorated its amphibious exercise program, saw one of its most prominent officers assume the leadership of U.S. Central Command, initiated a major force-structure review, and passed a historic milestone when a new commandant assumed office.
U.S. Marine Corps in Review
By Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)