Spartan helmet and all, MARSOC celebrates anniversary

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Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, left, head of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, shakes hands last week with a member of Marine Special Operations School wearing a Spartan helmet after its Marines won the Warrior Challenge the command held to celebrate its seventh anniversary. (Marine Corps photo)

The elite operators of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command are celebrating the organization’s seventh birthday this year, and decided to hold a Warrior Challenge last week to honor it.

MARSOC reports on its Facebook page that the event included a stamina course, a fitness and marksmanship challenge, and a soccer tournament. Marine Special Operations School won the challenge, leading one of its Marines to don the Spartan helmet you see in the photograph above. Clearly, even special operators get to have a little fun from time to time.

Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, MARSOC’s commander, laid out his vision for the organization’s future after Afghanistan in an interview with me recently at Camp Lejeune, N.C. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.

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