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    Top Marine Returns to Full Duty Status as Commandant After Cardiac Arrest Last Year

    Top Marine Returns to Full Duty Status as Commandant After Cardiac Arrest Last Year

    After suffering a cardiac arrest more than four months ago and subsequently undergoing open-heart surgery, Gen. Eric Smith returned to full duty status as commandant of the Marine Corps on Tuesday, according to a press release from the service.

    Smith, who collapsed near his home in , D.C., on Oct. 29, previously said that he intended to return to work as commandant. In January, he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a congenital defect that doctors said contributed to his hospitalization.

    He took back the reins of the service from Gen. Christopher Mahoney, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, who had been serving in both positions since November.

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    The Associated Press reported last week that Smith had quietly returned to the Pentagon multiple times over the last month and was preparing to return to duty.

    “Gen. Smith and his family appreciate the full support of Congress; the leadership at the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, the Joint ; and all who extended them their well wishes during his recovery,” the Marine Corps press release said late Tuesday evening.

    A spokesperson for Smith, Maj. Josh Larson, told .com that the decision for the commandant to return to full duty status involved meeting certain recovery milestones, was done under the advice of his doctors,…

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