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We all sat quietly for a few minutes after Dusty had finished his story, each lost in our own thoughts, drifting to some other time and place. Tex broke the silence in an almost whisper. “Where are you right now, Base Plate?” Clearly, my expression indicated that a memory came back to me, and I was...
In the 2010 Commandant’s Planning Guidance, Gen James F. Amos stressed that we must prepare Marines “to succeed in distributed operations and increasingly complex environments.” Expeditionary Force 21 (Washington, DC: HQMC, March 2014) states that two of the Marine Corps’ functions are to “conduct...
Understanding, of course, that drinking to excess, binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and the consequences and problems that result from these actions are not specific to Marines, but are also prevalent in our society today does not preclude us from addressing it. Obviously, it is a many layered,...

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May 28, 2015 | Editorial
A disclaimer is in order. I am not dispassionate about Professional Military Education (PME). My last billet on active duty was as the last director of Amphibious Warfare School and the first director of the Expeditionary Warfare School, the successor to AWS. After retirement, I worked for Marine...