The Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) celebrated its 13th anniversary on February 21st with a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Notables from across the Special Operations community and the United States Marine Corps attended the event, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green.

“Marine Raiders continue to make impressive contributions to SOCOM’s efforts around the world,” said General Neller. “I am sure their WWII Raider predecessors would be as proud of them as we are today. On this 13th anniversary, we cannot forget to pause and honor those MARSOC Marines who have given their last final measure, too.”

Since MARSOC’s activation in 2006, Marine Raiders have earned over 300 awards for valor on the battlefield. Recently, a Marine Raider received the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for bravery under fire, for single-handedly stopping an Islamic State (ISIS) Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) that was speeding toward his team in Iraq.

On behalf of MARSOC, Maj. Gen. Daniel Yoo, MARSOC’s commander, said, “Honoring our fallen and upholding their legacies are central virtues within MARSOC.”