Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Eric Smith said in a Wednesday statement that his recovery from an Oct. 29 heart attack “is going well, and I look forward to getting back in the fight as soon as I can. Until that time, our Corps is in [Acting Commandant] Gen. [Christopher] Mahoney’s capable hands. What’s more important is that I join all Marines in celebrating 248 years of our beloved Corps.”

The Marine Corps’ birthday is Friday.

The press release also said that Smith will receive inpatient rehabilitation. The Marine Corps had initially said Smith would continue his recovery at the commandant’s quarters in Washington, D.C.

Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rachaelanne Woodward