Marines from the 26th MEU receive reassuring words, congratulations from four-star general

19 Dec 2001 | Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal

"We are at war and we are probably going to be at war for a very long time," U.S. Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks told Marines here on a recent visit.

The Commander-in Chief of U.S. Central Command briefly addressed the leathernecks of Kilo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit after attending a ceremony here that served to institute Afghanistan's interim government.

"The events of Sept. 11 changed a lot of things for Americans and has led you to be away from home for the holidays," he said. "But I want you to know that your efforts here are making the world a safer place to live in."

Franks looked every Marine in the eye and firmly shook their hands to reaffirm his congratulations.

"We will win this war on terrorism," he said.

The Camp Lejeune cannon cockers presented Franks with an American flag that was flown over the embassy grounds here.

"I will certainly treasure this," he said concerning the gift.

Franks is scheduled to visit with other commanders and troops in the region.