General James F. Amos (Standing second from left), Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Darrell Issa (Standing left), Congressman for the 49th Congressional District, meet with Marines of the MARCENT Coordination Element Kuwait, during a Dec. 22 visit to Kuwaiti Naval Base, Kuwait. The Marines sustain operations involving the movement of equipment from Iraq back to the United States. The general used the opportunity to express his appreciation for their service. "All I can say is I am proud of them," said Amos. "Every one of them signed up and they didn't have to. I want to wish them all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year."