A little over 14 years ago, Marine Raiders became a reality.

The Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is the latest addition to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Established in 2006, MARSOC has steadily grown ever since, often having to fight skeptics both in the Marine Corps and the Department of Defence (DoD) about its utility. Since their establishment, Marine Raiders have fought alongside their conventional and special operations brethren from the other branches in 12 named operations, spanning 16 countries. They have, moreover, played a key role in other classified operations.

The commanding general of SOCOM, Army General Richard D. Clarke, was present during the ceremony that took place in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the command.

“You have a clear and unambiguous vision of the character required to represent our country,” said General Clarke. “The Marine Corps, perhaps better than any other service, has articulated the values that we must hold dear, both day in and day out.”