The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.
ABOUT KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN: The Commandant isn’t sure if Marines are “buying it” when it comes to “keeping your honor clean.” Attempts to influence character are ongoing in the Marine Corps, it’s unfinished work and Marines are trying hard but the jury is still out. “I don’t know if you can get it until you experience it. In the aggregate we have really good people, we just have to do a better job explaining this.”
ABOUT GENDER: Does the Marine Corps still want women who don’t want to be grunts (Capt Lauren Serrano’s question)? The Commandant is conscious that the burden of child birth and being a mother is a heavy burden, “Of course we want her in the Marine Corps.” “At the end of the day you have to be ready to deploy, it’s a hard life.” “I think we’re trying to find that space, but we have to find that balance between our warfighting requirement and our retention.”
ABOUT AVIATION: We need to fly more. Every month our flight hours go up. It took us years to get into this situation and it’ll take us years to get out. Why CMC decided to have Marine Corps aviation units “take a knee” after the the 31st MEU MV-22 incident.
Carl Forsling is a retire Marine Osprey pilot , businessman and a writer for the website Task & Purpose. He joined the program to talk about his article that won the Marine Corp Gazette’s 2016 Kiser Family Irregular Warfare Essay Contest with his entry entitled: Investing in Marines: Getting the Best Return.
Carl also discusses how a MV-22 Osprey executes a controlled water landing.
During the program Mike Musselman and I were talking about this exact incident whichI witnessed while the Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Ranger, CV-61 in 1987. Rob Schwarz, LtCol USMC (ret)… aka “Montana Man” sent me this link.
It’s an amazing piece of flying by a ballsy pilot.
I would like to add the following comments to your recent show discussing the crash of the 31st MEU.
The helo dunker is decent training, I say decent because their is NO WAY anyone can make the dunker realistic. The speed and violence that is involved in an actual crash can’t be duplicated in a controlled environment. Your guest mentioned how they can’t have the amount of gear that Marines usually take on the bird as well.
One thing that your guest stated was talking about the egress points of the MV-22, I would say that knowing your egress points are only moderately important since there is no saying that the bird will be in only one piece. People who have never been in a crash are only providing a second hand opinion, I say this because I have first hand experience in this.
We crashed Aug 29th, 1986.
The helo we were in broke into 5 pieces after we hit another helo on the flight deck, we had crossed into the Arctic Circle earlier that day and the water temperature was 42degrees. It is a tragedy to lose any Marine, to have only lost 3 out of 26 is truly a miracle. We lost 8 out of 21 on our crash…..
The Corps needs to do a much better job of preparing our Marines for these type of crashes.
Joey Porrazzo, Maj USMC (ret), a former FA-18C/D pilot will join us to talk air to air combat over the weekend and how it happens.
Joey talks mission planning for the specific situation over Syria, in the midst escalating tensions in the area. He then walks us through the air-to-air engagement between the F/A-18E and the SU-22 that resulted in the downing of the Syrian SU-22.
We also discuss the Russian Defence ministry’s statement describing “American planes flying west of Euphrates will be treated as targets and that it has suspended safety agreement with US.”