A Statement from Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl
31 Oct 2023

I have temporarily assumed the duties of Commandant as General Smith recovers from a medical emergency. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of all our fellow Marines, both past and present, are with our Commandant and his family at this time.

In typical Marine fashion, I am the next Marine up. This is what we do, as so many have done before us throughout the history of our Corps. We must continue the march forward on behalf of our fellow Marines and Nation, regardless of the situation or the uncertainty that we may face. That is what our Commandant wants, and what the citizens of our Nation require of each and every one of us.

All orders remain in effect as we await General Smith’s recovery. Stay the course!