News: Security Cooperation Group Marines Ripen Junior Leaders
Story by Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -Twenty-one noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Marines at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group participated in a leadership seminar aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Va. from Oct. 22 -26.
The five-day seminar was designed to resemble a modified Corporal's Course and expose the Marines to myriad subjects that will better prepare them to take on leadership roles in their career.
"I was impressed with the willingness, drive, and input of every single Marine," said Sgt. Maj. Carl Gantt, who spearheaded the coordination and execution of the leadership seminar. “They immediately came together as one team, and worked closely to accomplish each day's training objectives with a creative drive that pushed each instructor to provide his all right from the start.”
A portion of the classes they participated in were Marine Corps History, land navigation, close order drill, familiarization of light and medium machine guns, public speaking, and how to lead a physical training event. They also got an opportunity to tour the new United States Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Va., the USS Bataan, and the historic battleship USS Wisconsin.
"Last week's training did a lot to reinvigorate the Corporals and Junior Marines of MCSCG. It is fitting that the training took place just prior to the Marine Corps Birthday," said Sgt. Rebekah J. Williams, an intelligence analyst at the unit, who is a native of Townsend, Del. "We spent a week delving into the lives of Warriors past, honing our navigating and communication skills, and conducting ship visits. It is inspiring and motivating to know that Marines, over the last 237 years, have been partaking in these very same activities."
The seminar was employed by instructors from each section of the unit and each was an expert in their field.
“This was a perfect example of what a dedicated Subject Matter Expert operating in his element could accomplish,” said Gantt. “Each day was a fulfilling challenge that left all of us eager for more. I couldn't be happier with the result and plan on routinely holding more such events in the future.”