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Ready for War- MALS-14 praised by Lt. Gen. Amos

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 200551612479
Story by Lance Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (May 10, 2005) -- “I need every single Marine in II MEF (II Marine Expeditionary Force) to be ready to go to war. There are 23,000 Marines in Iraq today, and the Marine Corps can’t afford to have Marines die back home. With that in mind, MALS-14 (Marine Logistics Squadron 14) (adapted) something called the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Program and is changing the culture of the Marine Corps.”

Lt. Gen. James Amos, commanding general, II MEF, spoke these words May 10, in a hangar on Cherry Point’s flight line, as he awarded the Marines of MALS-14 the Chesty Puller Award.

“Chesty Puller is the example of leadership,” said Amos. “I looked at your maintenance, training readiness, reenlistment rate, discipline rate, meritorious promotions earned, awards pinned on chests and MALS-14 has done more things right than any other unit in II MEF.”

Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller is known in the annals of military valor for his absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty. All Marines are taught from recruit training that he is the only person to have ever been awarded five Navy Crosses.

The Chesty Puller award is a new award given to the best squadron or unit within II MEF.
“It’s a real honor to have earned this award,” said Cpl. Jennifer L. Miehle, a navigations systems technician at MALS-14 and a mentorship leader in their leadership program. “The leadership program has been awesome in our shop. I promote the program fully, and it should be used throughout the Marine Corps.”

Amos spoke of the need for a culture change within the Marine Corps; of the need for Marines to take better care of one another, during both off-duty and on-duty hours.

“We want tough Marines, risk-takers,” said Amos. “But, your life is a (heck) of a lot more important than to be wasted on the weekend. As we began to take a look at this problem from a command prospective, MALS-14 worked on something called the NCO leadership program.”

Miehle said the program makes the NCOs accountable for their actions, and their Marines at all times, and it gives more opportunities to learn the leadership role of the NCO.

“The program has given junior Marines the chance to lead,” said Miehle. “The leaders are accountable for their Marine’s training, their Marine Corps lives and their personal lives. Any problems or questions they may have, they know they can confide in you, and not have their business aired to everyone.”

Amos said he has 18,000 teenagers under his command, and that MALS-14’s program is what he would recommend to anyone leading a command.

“I believe the entire Marine Corps has taken notice of MALS-14 leadership program,” said Amos. “This award is very important and it’s a big deal. MALS-14 came out on top out of everyone in my command. This award will be given every six months and will be sought after in II MEF.”

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