Marine Corps Leadership Seminar leaves big impact
By Sgt. Bryan McDonnell
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | June 27, 2011
ST. LOUIS --
Major Gen. Angela Salinas, director, Manpower Management Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Maj. Gen. Thomas Murray, president, Marine Corps University; and Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, listen to questions from the audience during the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar June 23. The two-part leadership seminar focused on how the Marine Corps teaches leadership and ethics and leadership and ethical challenges that come from the battlefield.
The guest speaker, retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Fields, said the seminar surpassed what was done in the past and should be continued.
“The Marine Corps has communicated with the public [this way] before, but the seminar today was that on steroids,” said Fields. “To present such a powerful message to a diverse audience and to have three major generals who stayed for the entire discussion even with their busy schedules shows how important it is to the Marines that the community understands their view on both leadership and ethics.”
Vanessa Elliott, President of the Urban League’s Guild, also attended and she said her eyes were opened to what makes the Marine Corps such a strong force.
“I now have the full picture of what Marines are all about and why they are so successful,” said Elliot. “Leadership [for the Marine Corps] begins early at the junior enlisted and junior officer stages and then continues throughout their time in the Marine Corps.”