The next c o m m a n - dant of the
Marine Corps realized over the course
of his 40-year infantry
career that being a
Marine was much
more than a job.
“It’s a profession.
It’s a mindset. It’s a
life,” then-LtGen Robert B. Neller told the Senate Armed
Services Committee during a July 23
confirmation hearing. The Senate on
Aug. 5 voted to confirm Neller to
succeed Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as
the 37th commandant of the Marine
Corps, with Dunford confirmed to
become the next chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Among the many things Neller
said he learned coming up through
the ranks of the Corps was that “we
are most effective as a maritime force,
using the sea as maneuver space, and
as soldiers of that sea we hold an
advantage over our adversaries when
we come from our Navy ships, both
on the surface and in the air.”
He told the committee that “every
Marine we recruit and re-enlist, every
decision we make, all the equipment
we procure, all the training we do,
must make us operationally better.
Flexibility, innovation, dealing with
change, uncertainty, thinking out of
the box, all these things have to be
commonplace and something that is
expected from Marines.”
This month’s special report on
the U.S. Marine Corps focuses on
myriad ways the service is striving
to enhance its capabilities as the
expeditionary force in readiness the
nation has come to expect.
on page 12, where
Special Correspondent Otto Kreisher
examines how the
Corps is meeting
combatant commanders’ demand for
that can be split up to
go to multiple areas.
Managing Editor Richard R.
Burgess reports on the Navy’s plans
to define the requirements for and
procure the LX(R), the replacement
for the Whidbey Island and Harpers
Ferry classes of dock landing ships,
in “The Next Amphib,” page 16.
Kreisher also reports on the
decision the commandant must
soon make on opening up ground
combat jobs to female Marines in
“Women in Combat,” page 18.
Special Correspondent Gidget
Fuentes looks at how the expansion
of the Air Ground Combat Center
will provide more realistic Marine
Expeditionary Brigade scenarios in
her report, “Combat Training,” on
page 22. Fuentes also spoke with
LtGen David H. Berger, commander
of I Marine Expeditionary Force,
about building amphibious capabilities and his priorities for the coming
year. Her Q&A begins on page 26.
Special Correspondent Daniel P.
Taylor, in “Cyber Warriors” on
page 36 looks at a new virtual
training range that will allow the
Corps to prepare Marines to fight
on a cyber battlefield.
Marine Corps Mindset
By AMY L. WITTMAN, Editor in Chief SEAPOWER
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES
Volume 58, Number 7, September 2015
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