“Wood now U.S. Marine Corps entirely.”
—Major Maurice Shearer, Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 26 June 1918
Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) General Robert B. Neller in May 2018 echoed the iconic report from Belleau Wood of a Marine battalion commander 100 years previously. General Neller was in France for the centennial tribute to the sacrifices of Marines who fought there—a spot many hold to be where the modern Corps came of age. Recalling the contribution of those Marines who in June 1918 fought with ferocious courage to blunt the Germans’ desperate final drive to break the Allies’ will, the general highlighted the Marine Corps’ unshakable generational bond. “Today, we are performing our duty to uphold the legacy—the tenacity and fighting spirit—of those who came before us,” he noted.
1. GEN Robert B. Neller, USMC, “CMC Message to the Force: ‘Execute,’” January 2018.
2. Headquarters, USMC, “The Commandant’s Posture of the U.S. Marine Corps PB19 – Executive Summary.”
3. Department of Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters, USMC, “Calendar Year (CY) 2018 USMC Operational Highlights Paper,” 29 January 2019.
4. “Commandant’s Posture.”
5. Jeff Schogol, “On Its First Combat Deployment, the Marine Corps’ F-35 Bombed Both Taliban and ISIS,” Task & Purpose, 25 February 2019.
6. GySgt Zachery Dyer, USMC, “Laying the Groundwork for a Multinational Amphibious Task Force,” U.S. Southern Command News, 22 May 2018.
7. Shawn Snow, “No More Marine Rotations to the Black Sea. The Corps Is Focusing Here Instead,” Marine Corps Times, 29 November 2018.
8. Shawn Snow, “Reserve Unit Activated to Deploy to Okinawa,” Marine Corps Times, 20 June 2018.
9. Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), DoD Personnel, Workforce Report and Publications.
10. Statement of the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy; General Robert. B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; Admiral William F. Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Sea Power and Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, 12 December 2018.
11. Shawn Snow, “The Marine Corps’ New CH-53K Is a Mess. This Is Why Its Operational Date Could Face Delays,” Marine Corps Times, 4 February 2019.
12. Shawn Snow, “$3.6 Billion Price Tag to Rebuild Lejeune Buildings Damaged by Hurricane Florence,” Marine Corps Times, 12 December 2018.