2014 Leadership Essay Contest Honorable Mention
Made possible by the generous support of Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
As any Marine officer will tell you, there is no greater privilege or more awesome responsibility than leading Marines in combat. I certainly found that to be the case during my combat tours. After a seven-year span between active duty and returning to the Reserve, I find myself reflecting almost daily about the incredible things my Marines accomplished during our tours. Were we just lucky? How did we build a team that functioned so well amid chaos? How did we adjust to a host of missions, some of which we could not have foreseen? Why did the Marines follow the orders of my squad leaders, and why did they follow me into such an extreme environment of death and destruction?