CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, accompanied by the Corps’ top enlisted Marine, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent, visited service members of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 23.
Amos and Kent addressed the Marines and sailors during a town-hall meeting where they discussed the progress Marines are making in Afghanistan.
“Everybody knows it’s been a tough fight in Sangin, but we are going to look back the same way we look back at Marjah,” said Amos of the former Taliban stronghold that has seen significant progress since Marines began major operations there in February.
During his remarks, Amos also expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterinsurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.
“You are willing to come over here during Christmas away from your families, and we are here to say thank you,” said Amos.
Amos also delivered a special message from President Barack Obama.
Amos said Obama told him over the phone, “’Will you tell the Marines that their commander in chief says thanks, and Merry Christmas.’”
Kent said he is proud of the Marines who continue to carry on the proud legacy of the Marine Corps.
“You have created your own legacy over the last nine years and it’s a great legacy,” said Kent. “It’s a legacy that you will continue each and every day because the eagle, globe and anchor is branded in your heart.”
“You’re a part of that legacy and building that legacy for our Marine Corps, and I am really proud,” added Amos. “I am just honored to be in your presence, and I want to say thank you and God bless every one of you. Merry Christmas.”
After the town-hall meeting, Amos and Kent toured the 1st MLG work spaces to include the newly-established Concussion Restoration Care Center, which provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treating Afghanistan’s number one battle injury, concussions. It’s the first facility of its kind in Helmand province.
“I believe in it, we can save Marines lives and their ability to get back into the fight,” said Amos.
Marines and sailors enjoyed their time with the CMC and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, but even more so, the top Marines enjoyed expressing their gratitude to the deployed service members.
“I want to look Marines in the eye and say thanks and spend Christmas with them,” said Amos.