News: Leading by example
Story by Sgt. Gina C. Rindt
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- As a staff non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, a lot is expected from you as a Marine and as a leader.
The Career Course provides Marine Corps staff sergeants and staff sergeant selectees with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership roles of greater responsibility throughout their career.
The SNCO Academy is a professional military education school under the academic supervision of the Marine Corps University, which falls within the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Staff Sgt. Vivian Boone, the adjutant chief for the Air Station, and Washington, D.C. native, recently returned from the Camp Lejeune SNCO Academy in North Carolina as the distinguished honor graduate for achieving the highest grade point average.
During her time at the career course, Boone received instruction that placed emphasis on the leadership development and war fighting skills necessary to lead Marines in combat. The course also builds upon the knowledge gained in the distance education program.
“[Staff Sgt. Boone] demonstrated her dedication, and motivation to compete with her peers by going through the course and graduating with such honors,” said Sgt. Maj. William Burton, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort sergeant major. “It is important for all SNCOs to go to the career course to help better themselves and ultimately the Marines under them.
“The course is highly competitive and allows the participants to absorb different levels of experience from other Marines at the course.”
Marines are all leaders, and in their own way, must find methods to best employ the knowledge gained from the PME schools they attend, continued Burton. There are many PME opportunities available to Marines where they can learn many skills and ways to become better Marines.
The course offers academics covering topics such as military operations, war fighting, award writing, military correspondence, public speaking and more. While academics are an important part of the course other essential parts including physical training, which are organized by SNCOs in the course, play an important part in educating the SNCOs.
“The career course offered a variety of SNCOs from different MOSs to learn from, and compete with each other; which helped me become a better leader for my Marines,” Boone said. “The SNCOs play a large role in the physical training program, because they will be expected to do the same with their own Marines.”
Boone, who was handpicked to be the Air Station’s adjutant chief, brings many leadership skills to, not only the Air Station, but to the Marine Corps.
“She is a hub for communication aboard the Air Station and plays a vital role in providing the necessary skills to complete her job,” Burton said. “[Boone] is capable of doing a great job and received multiple new tools as a SNCO during her time at the Staff NCO Academy.”
While many Marines do their jobs above and beyond, there are those few, who step up and take on roles outside of their military occupational specialty and serve the needs of the Corps. These Marines help teach new Marines, keep a base running smoothly, make sure the military is getting paid and much more.
“I am ready to take on this new position and make a positive difference while there,” Boone said. “As a SNCO, I have multiple responsibilities as not just the adjutant chief, but as someone who can help others become better and more proficient with their MOS.
“I feel the [SNCO Academy] has helped me become a more well rounded and knowledgeable Marine and SNCO, which I will plan on sharing with the Marines around me.”
The many courses throughout the Marines Corps play a vital role in making sure those Marines, who train to become better at being a Marine and a better leader, will continue to learn and pass on that knowledge to others.