Marines take Boston
By Capt. John O. Caldwell
| | March 12, 2004
New England Marines and influencers received a special visit this week from the Corps' number one man.
Gen. Michael W. Hagee, the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, flew into Boston Thursday afternoon to rub elbows with Massachusetts Institute of Technology leaders, promote MIT Marine Corps fellow LtCol. Raymond E. Coia to colonel and interact with Boston influencers and recruiters during a breakfast at the Boston Harbor Hotel Friday morning.
The two-day visit was the result of the combined efforts of Tom J. Lyons, Vietnam-era Marine and Boston area influencer, and Maj. Shane Tomko, commanding officer Recruiting Station Portsmouth, 1st Marine Corps District.
“The benefit of having the Commandant of the Marine Corps in the Boston area is immense,” said Tomko. “It is rare that the top Marine officer ever has the opportunity to travel outside the confines of Washington, D.C., Marine Corps installations, and/or locations of forward deployed Marines. Hence, to have the Commandant in the Boston area is a great honor and clearly an opportunity to proudly present our number one Marine to the local populous who might not otherwise get the opportunity to have audience with our Commandant.”
The commandant’s visit to Boston evidenced his steadfast support and belief in the Corps’ recruiting efforts and the value of engaging civic leaders with the hopes of securing their continued support of the Marine Corps.