The Air Force Memorial
Colonel H. Larry Elman, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Retired)—I am 110% Air Force. I served a 30-plus year career, partly active, partly reserve—but entirely blue suit—and I have published many articles on Air Force history and related topics. Throughout my career, I considered it a sacred duty of Air Force officers to dump on any Marine we saw. But about half of my career was in the Washington, D.C., area, and I had many contacts with personnel of all services. In that entire time, I never met an incompetent or unreliable Marine at or above pay grade 3 (whether E-3 or 0-3). I learned the hard way that a Marine always could be counted on to be sharp, responsible, and someone on whom I could rely for total mission accomplishment.