(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – On Monday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger went through the official relinquish-of-command ceremony, leaving the Marine Corps without a confirmed leader. The last time the Marines were without a confirmed leader was in 1859, when Commandant Archibald Henderson died while serving.
During the ceremony held at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C., the role of acting commandant was given to assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Eric Smith. Smith is now going to serve both as the acting commandant and continue his previous work.
In May, President Biden nominated Smith to take over after Berger’s retirement; however, his confirmation has been held up by Senate Republicans. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., has blocked all the fast-tracked military promotions that have tried passing through the Senate following the Pentagon’s abortion policy enacted after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
As per the new policy, service members are allowed to have their travel expenses paid as well as take the required time off in order to travel to a different state in order to get an abortion. This is for cases where individuals are stationed in a state with an abortion ban that blocks them from having the procedure done.
Lloyd Austin, the Defense Secretary, and Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General, have blasted the Senate for the hold-up but have not specifically called Tuberville out directly. Instead, they have pointed out that this hold-up has led to national security concerns, and Austin has pointed out that the smooth transition of confirmed leadership is essential for the strength and defense of the nation.
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