HEADQUARTERS, MARINE CORPS --
General Smith continues to make progress as he continues on his path to full recovery. Based on his baseline physical health and his rapid improvement over the last week, his medical team has recommended that he transition to inpatient rehabilitation to expedite his recovery. They are confident that with focused attention and daily interaction, he will be back to full duty status sooner than if utilizing outpatient rehabilitation.
A message from Gen. Smith:
“I appreciate the outpouring of support for my family and me. My recovery is going well, and I look forward to getting back in the fight as soon as I can. Until that time, our Corps is in Gen. Mahoney’s capable hands. What’s more important is that I join all Marines in celebrating 248 years of our beloved Corps. Like many of you, I’ve celebrated our birthday in a variety of “climes and places” over the years, but what matters most is that we’re together as a family—spiritually, if not physically. I’d ask you to take a moment to reach out to your brothers and sisters sitting next to you, as well as those you may not have connected with in a while. Have fun, and Happy Birthday Marines!”