Spring 2013 MCA&F Combat Development Dinner
The Winter 2013 Combat Development Dinner, co-hosted by MCA&F and the Marine Corps Combat Development Command was held on 21 February at the Clubs at Quantico. Held several times each year, the Combat Development Dinners offer a unique professional development opportunity to explore combat development issues through addresses provided by top leadership invited by the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. LtGen William M. Faulkner, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics served as the featured Speaker for the event.
A no-host reception which included a serenade from the Quantico Marine Band kicked off the event. When the dinner guests were assembled in the banquet hall, a Color Guard detachment from the Quantico Ceremonial Platoon, provided a traditional presentation of the colors, followed by an invocation by the Marine Corps Base Chaplain, Captain Milton Gianulis, USN. MajGen Edward Usher, MCA&F President and CEO made some brief welcoming remarks and sponsor acknowledgements and then the dinner guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal of prime rib.
Guests at Reception
Color Guard Musters
Presentation of the Colors
MajGen Usher welcomes dinner guests
MajGen Usher and Chaplain Gianulis on stage for invocation
Following dinner, LtGen Richard Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration took the stage and introduced the guest speaker. He thanked the MCA&F for supporting Marines and for hosting and organizing the dinner, thanked the evening’s sponsors for their support. Talking about LtGen Faulkner, he mentioned that he had started out as an infantryman and had been laterally moved into the logistics field upon augmentation. Giving high praise, LtGen Mills stated that LtGen Faulkner was an operator as well as a logistician, that no one was more engaged on fiscal issues and that he was a “Hands on” logistician.
LtGen Faulkner took the lectern and thanked LtGen Mills as well as MajGen Usher for Marine Corps Association & Foundation support. After acknowledging the other General Officers and Special Executive Service members, guests and students, he launched into the substance of his address.
His presentation emphasized several overarching points:
- The Corps is getting back to fighting weight and that the desirable level is as a middle weight force
- The world’s new normal is an environment of broken states with which we must engage in an era of reduced resources
- The Corps needs to get back to its amphibious roots and also needs to concentrate on the Pacific
- Marines need to improve on jointness and interoperability without losing unique identity
Click HERE for LtGen Faulkner’s biography
The video presentation will be coming soon!
Here are some pictures of the event taken by MCA&F Staff Photographer Ron Lunn:
LtGen Faulkner with Dinner Guests
LtGen Faulkner with Col Jeff Patterson USMC (Ret)
LtGen Mills, MajGen Usher and MajGen Gray Payne at Reception
MajGen Usher with Sgt Maj of the Marine Corps
Col Walt Ford, USMC (Ret) and Editor of Leatherneck (R) asking dinner guests about smoke signal ap on new smart phone
LtGen Faulkner’s presentation
MajGen Usher presents LtGen Faulkner with memento of the event