Your Donations Impact on Today’s Marines
MajGen R.A.C. Sanborn – Commander, USMC Forces, Europe and Africa
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to you and your organization for providing the Marines of the Georgia Deployment Program to visit Belleau Wood. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these Marines to walk the hallowed grounds where so many marines fought; a place that birthed the name “Devil Dog”. The Marines you are supporting will never forget this trip. The camaraderie they build and a well-deserved respite from a successful mission will leave an indelible impression. Many thanks to you and the Commander’s Forum Program for your continued support of the professional development of our Marines.
1stLt Alexander Corbett, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines
…The lessons these Marines learned on their staff ride will stay with them for their lifetimes, as it was a truly high fidelity experience. Those that remain in the Marine Corps, and become Sergeants Major or Colonels, will have a broader and deeper understanding of the Vietnam conflict, counter-insurgency, and patterns of conflict in south-east Asia. That understanding will allow better decisions, and ultimately save the lives of Marines in their charge.
LtCol Ryan “Psycho” Ward, Marine Attack Squadron 223
I watched the faces of my SSgts and GySgts as the “lights came on” at different stops along our route, as they realized the opportunities and decisions taken or lost by the leaders, and the individual efforts of the men to take advantage or recover from those decisions. As a CO, this was one of my best days in Command so far. Bottom line, this tour made my SNCOs better critical thinkers, increased the morale of my enlisted leaders, and made my squadron better.
LtCol Daniel Gakell, Battalion Commander, 2d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment
On behalf of the Marines and Sailors of 2d Battalion, 8thMarine Regiment, Sergeant Major Headrick and I want to thank the Marine Corps Association & Foundation for your support. With your help, specifically Ms. Beth Murphy, the battalion planted our organizational colors on Red Beach 3, Betio Island, Tarawa Attol, 75 years after our initial assault wave. The 21 Marines and Sailors who attended were meritoriously selected and will remember this experience for the rest of their lives. As a Battalion Commander, it was humbling to stand on the same ground where Major Crowe led his men through the utmost savagery of the battle. Thank you for your continued support, allowing us to walk in the same surf and sand of those who forged our legacy.