More Examples of the Finest Leadership the Marines Have to Offer

In the last couple of weeks, some articles have caught my attention:

So it seems that a Colonel, the paragon of marine-ly virtues, has been charged with sexual assault on a minor, possibly as young as 6 years old.

And a mustang no less, according to some sources.

Here’s my question:

How many people has this guy buried over the course of his career (considering the total control that he possesses over thousands of men to a level that approaches the power of a king) for sleeping with high-school cheerleaders, and he goes and does this?

Of course, all of the (obviously impartial) comments on any of the military websites, from Marine Corps Times to, are crying “Innocents until proven guilty” from the mountaintops, conveniently forgetting that he gave no such presumption to the innumerable people he took stripes from for much smaller offenses.

Now this fine officer and gentleman is a shining example of what it means to be a marine.  No doubt he spent his career as some superior officer’s bulldog.  He was the guy you gave the problem children to in order for them to be broken.  Of course, this would always lead to “outstanding” FITREPs, and the bulldog ends up with his own command.  The problem is, he doesn’t understand that, while sometimes you need a bulldog, nobody needs (or wants) one all the time.  As a result, the bulldog is now loose, and proceeds to make life hell for everyone around him because he thinks that is the way it’s supposed to work.

Head of Miramar-based squadron relieved of command

This third entry in our usmc leadership-palooza actually came as a shock to me.  In my experience, MALS tended to be a little more laid back.  (I served in 3 of them, 2 of which had changes of command while I was there, so I actually had 5 different squadron commanders)

MALS marines have a lot asked of them at work, and then they have to deal with all the extra marine-ly stuff.  Field day, uniform inspections, all that stuff fits in after working 12+ hour days all week.  As a result, some of the other stuff got let go.  Little things like field day formations, squadron PT, etc.

The fact that this guy managed to screw up running an outfit that will pretty much run itself speaks more loudly to his incompetence than I ever could.  The fact that this guy made Lieutenant Colonel says all you need to say about the kind of people the marines appoint to leadership positions.


By Billiam


Killed in a training accident? Obviously you need more professional development.


A “pause for safety”, huh?

So, let me ask the question:

How does a “professional development day” help with a command that refuses to allow crew chiefs to down an aircraft? It’s a lovely idea, to shuffle everyone into a room, slowly kill them by PowerPoint, check the box that they’ve had their “professional development”. This way we can send them back out to work under the same policies and budgets that will hamstring them tomorrow just as they did yesterday. The only difference?

This time it will be their fault.

Remember, this is what the marine corps is.

Failure is just fine, as long as the paperwork looks good.

When two helicopters slam together in the dark, they can blame lack of “professional development”.

Never mind the fact that the Old Man wants the “bare minimum” for the airframe to get off the ground, so he doesn’t have to answer questions about why he has aircraft down for maintenance.

Never mind that the unit spent half a million dollars on paint and brasso last year, but at least that hangar looks great with the coffins in it. I’m sure it will be of great comfort to the pilot’s widow to know that at least the unit spent its budget, so they’ll probably get the same allocation next year.

The aircraft are held together with duct tape, baling wire and bubble gum. The barracks are crumbling, moldy, rat-infested sewers. These men work in deplorable conditions (unless of course they are officers, but that’s not the point here) at insane hours, but that can’t possibly be the problem.

It must be that they need “professional development”

Anything to avoid an officer being accountable for his men.

If that craziness starts happening you might actually find yourself running a military organization instead of a daycare center.