At 0900 Pacific Standard Time on Friday the 2nd of February 2018 at Camp Pendleton the storied 1st Marine Division will commemorate 77 years of service the the Nation and Corps as the Battle Colors of the Division are rededicated. The 1st Marine Division Association will be center stage during a week of events that culminate in the rededication and a banquet on Friday.
The President of the 1st Marine Division Association, Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret) joined us to discuss his career in the Marine Corps, his time in Vietnam, the Association and the events of this week.
It’s been fifty years since Ken Rodgers fought as part of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division at Khe Sanh; we’ll get his reflections on those fifty years. We’ll also talk “war movies” with the LCpl turned documentary filmmaker — what he likes and doesn’t like. Finally, we’ll discuss the lack of mental health awareness during Vietnam and get Ken’s thoughts on the use of “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor” as a tool to promote mental health awareness for Marines.
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THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA. Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.
Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went. I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life. That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.
This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.