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Kessler: Iraq campaign changed the Corps

Major General James A. Kessler Major General James A. Kessler

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   The Commanding Officer at Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany says the end of the combat mission in Iraq will change the role of the Marine Corps.

Major General James A. Kessler told Rotary members Tuesday that the Corps will get back to its primary purpose as a expeditionary Naval force after becoming equipment-heavy during the war.

Kessler explained The Marine Corps Logistics Command has a $660 million impact on southwest Georgia. An important meeting next month should reveal more about the base's future.

"What the future holds I think remains yet to be seen," said General  Kessler.  "The commandant has put together what he calls a four structure review group that will be convening in September and one of the missions of that group is to take a look at what the future Marine Corps needs to look like."

Kessler explained the Marine Corps is the youngest branch of the armed forces. Two thirds of active Marines are 25 or younger.

 

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