News: Reawakening junior Marines
Story by Cpl. Brady Wood
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. - Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort held an all-day Lance Corporal seminar at various locations aboard MCAS Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Feb. 28.
During the seminar, the Marines visited the Parris Island museum to learn about various battles in Marine Corps history.
These battles include the Battle of Belleau Wood, World War II and the Battle for Chapultepec.
According to Staff Sgt. Velton Hanks, a food services specialist for H&HS, some Marines were shocked by all the information they learned about these various battles.
They also went back to their roots by watching new Marines graduate recruit training.
During the graduation, Sgt. Maj. Irene O’Neal, the sergeant major for the inspector general, was the distinguished guest for Bravo and Papa Companies.
Following the ceremony, O’Neal spoke to the Marines explaining that the reawakening of the Corps should not be taken lightly.
She also stated, “Lance corporals are the future noncommissioned officers of our Corps. Therefore, you need to learn from not only your experiences but from the experiences of everyone around you.”
At the end of the day, the lance corporals watched the movie “Lone Survivor” followed by a question and answer brief to discuss what they would have done in situations that came up throughout the movie.
“Lone Survivor” is a true story about a team of Navy SEALs and their fight with the Taliban. However, by the end of the movie only one was left.
There was one situation in the movie where the SEALs captured Taliban sympathizers and instead of holding them as hostages, they set them free.
One of the seminar participants thought it would have been best to hold them as hostages in order to buy the SEALs some time to get their communications back up and call for air support.
The seminar was held in response to the Commandant’s reawakening message which he sent out to Marines mid-October.
“The purpose of this seminar was to reawaken the leadership and tradition of the Marine Corps in the lance corporals,” said Hanks. “They are the future of our Corps and it’s our job to make sure they have everything they need.”
The seminar was also meant to give the lance corporals an understanding of why Marines do what they do.
“We wanted them to see how the mind-set changes from being in garrison to deploying overseas and defending our country’s interests,” said Hanks.
Throughout the day, the participating Marines also had a chance to learn from each other.
“We shared our points and thoughts about what we learned,” said Lance Cpl. Pedro Uguel, a distribution management specialist for H&HS. “The most important thing that I learned was to be confident in yourself.”
The more knowledge and experience lance corporals gain, not only through their time in the Marine Corps but also from their NCOs and staff NCOs, will help them prosper in the Commandant’s goal to reawaken the “soul” of the Marine Corps.