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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Christopher Maier meets with Marines, Sailors, and civilians from Marine Forces Special Operations Command on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 16, 2024. During his visit, Maier had the opportunity to learn about MARSOC’s current and future operations as well as the programs they use to keep Marine Raiders in the fight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Henry Rodriguez)

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict visits MARSOC

17 Jan 2024 | Cpl. Henry Rodriguez II Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Christopher Maier recently visited Marine Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 17, 2024.  

Maier, who provides civilian oversight of the special operations forces enterprise, took time to meet with MARSOC’s senior leaders and Marine Raiders throughout the command.   

The goal of Maier’s visit was to learn more about MARSOC’s organization, current efforts, modernization, and command programs. He also had the opportunity to meet and speak with members of a recently deployed Marine Special Operations Team.  

“We are grateful for our opportunity to host the Honorable Mr. Maier,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew Trollinger, commander, Marine Forces Special Operations Command. “We discussed our command’s evolution from a counterterrorism focused force to one now more appropriately aligned and centered on supporting integrated deterrence, particularly in the littorals, while maintaining strong ties to the Marine Corps and our Raider Legacy.”      

MARSOC’s mission is to recruit, train, sustain, and deploy scalable, expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command. To accomplish that, MARSOC equips and trains Marines to succeed in austere conditions against a wide range of adversaries in competition through conflict. Marine Raiders execute complex, distributed operations globally in uncertain environments, achieving silent success and strategic impact.

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