News: NCOs running the show: 2nd Supply Battalion operates without officers
Story by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The halls of 2nd Supply Battalion were a little emptier. The battalion lost its officers and staff non-commissioned officers, but only for the day.
Marines and sailors with 2nd Supply Bn., Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a quarterly NCO day here, Aug. 14.
“We always talk about anybody being one bullet away from having to be ready to take charge,” said Lt. Col. Jesse A. Kemp, the commanding officer of 2nd Supply Bn. “We tell our NCOs they are the backbone of the Marine Corps – the backbone of the battalion – and this is a great way to reinforce that and show that we have faith in them to take charge. It gives them a phenomenal opportunity to get in front of their peers and subordinates and showcase their leadership styles.”
The top NCOs and petty officers throughout the unit were hand-picked by the officers and SNCOs of the battalion’s companies to lead for the day.
Each Marine and sailor who was chosen had been so because of his or her hard work and determination in the workplace.
The acting battalion commander, Sgt. Agustin A. Molinanavarro, was recognized as the 2nd MLG NCO of the Quarter earlier in the year.
“[There job] is more difficult,” said Cpl. Scott. T. Sensanbaugher, the battalion’s operations chief for the battalion during the NCO day. “However, it is good to see what the higher-ups have to do on a regular basis. It shows how much they are able to accomplish. It is a change from how things are managed at the NCO level.”
The service members learned how to approach Marines and sailors with tasks assigned to their usual positions, as many of the junior enlisted personnel had to assume the NCO positions.
The event gave the Marines and sailors new to the officer and staff positions the opportunity to meet and interact with their counterparts from other companies, something they don’t do on a daily basis. This allowed the battalion’s sergeants and corporals to build stronger bonds between the various aspects of the unit.
“When we [hold] NCO day, I instruct my company commanders and every staff NCO and officer that we are not to set foot inside this battalion all day long,” said Kemp, a native of Ardmore, Okla. “Every time we’ve done this, [the NCOs] have done a phenomenal job. I joke that more often than not, the NCOs are more efficient when our staff SNCOs and officers are not around … that certainly says a lot for our NCOs.”
Kemp used the NCO day as an opportunity to inform the unit’s officers and staff NCOs of his plans for moving forward with the battalion’s sexual assault prevention and response training in order to make the event a learning experience for the entire battalion.