• A little over a year ago, black and white posters appeared at our command with the words “Protect What You’ve Earned” written in an almost haiku-like rhythm from top to bottom. The words seemed to hang in the air. My Marine Corps spirit screamed at me that I needed a leader to explain it to me...
  • 2016 LtCol “Pete” Ellis Essay Contest: 1st Place O ur enemy is not stupid; to the contrary, he employs cunning, innovative, and often wicked tactics. Nor are we describing the enemy we faced during the previous 15 years. Our past enemy adapts, while our future enemy innovates. Currently, our future...
  • T he Marine rifle squad is the basic tactical unit in the GCE and the building block for ground operations—the most complex division attack, such as in Operation PHANTOM FURY, is just a series of infantry squad actions, sometimes supported, sometimes not supported. But while the Marine Corps buys...
  • T he success of an organization is based on the efforts, merits, and performance of each individual’s ability to collectively accomplish assigned missions. According to former Secretary of Defense (SecDef), Ashton Carter, women make up ... 50 percent of the American population. To succeed in our...
  • “A s you can see, these guys weren’t here two days ago,” said the intelligence officer, pointing to the 3D holographic image floating in the middle of the SCIF (sensitive compartmentalized information facility). “We don’t know where they came from or how they got here, but we are certain that they...
  • I n 1806, the Kingdom of Prussia went to war against France and Napoleon Bonaparte. Prussia suffered a crushing and humiliating defeat. In a pair of battles, Jena and Auerstädt, both fought on 14 October 1806, the Prussian Army was defeated, and the existence of the Prussian state was placed in...
  • Situation You are the new commanding officer of A Company, 1st Bn, 1st Marines. You have been in command for one week since the relief of the previous company commander following an “unauthorized deadly force incident.” Your predecessor had ordered his Marines to “shoot down” a commercial quad-...
  • I t was 1964, and we were freshly minted first lieutenants, each with only a single Fleet Marine Force tour under our belts after TBS. And that was a short tour—13 months in the Western Pacific, cutting our teeth as platoon commanders. It was what we had wanted and dreamed of! Lots of field time...
  • Org: VMFA 531 Gray Ghost Squadron Dates: 15–17 June 2017 Place: Crossroads Inn, Quantico VA POC: Roman Makuch 347-866-0962 Ray Holmes 732-267-0518 rayholmessr@yahoo.com Org: Hotel 2/7 Vietnam Veterans Reunion (1965–1970) Dates: 22–25 June 2017 Place: Crowne Plaza, Kenner, LA 70062 POC: Doc David...
  • Continuous improvements by the Marine Corps have created an opportunity for the communications community (06xx MOSs) to adopt a capability set that will provide commanders significantly improved command and control on the battlefield. In line with these improvements, the 06xx MOSs are being...

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