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III MEF CG provides guidance

US Marine Corps News

By Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher, Marine Corps Bases Japan

CHIANG MAI, Kingdom of Thailand -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. discussed his guidance for the Marines and sailors of III Marine Expeditionary Force during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

Glueck, who became commanding general of III MEF and commander of Marine Corps Bases Japan Jan. 7, said he expects III MEF Marines and sailors to uphold the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage and commitment.

“I expect (Marines and sailors) to continue to train hard and be ready when our nation calls,” he said. “They do a very good job of that on a regular basis.”

III MEF, as the only permanently forward-deployed MEF, is truly “the tip of the Marine Corps’ spear,” he said.

“So our job is to be ready today for the things that will occur today and in the near future,” he said, adding that multinational exercises such as Cobra Gold, with its myriad training opportunities and the professional relationships built, are integral to operational readiness in this region.

The general outlined what Marines and sailors must do to ensure their readiness for future III MEF operations and for successful military careers.

“Number one is to lead from the front, to set the standard for your Marines,” said Glueck.

He added that Marines and sailors must “continue to train hard, to hone (their) skills so (they are) both technically and tactically proficient.”

Service members should professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, he said.

He said he expects Marines and sailors to be good neighbors and ambassadors on and off duty in Japan and in other host nation countries during exercises such as Cobra Gold.

At home on Okinawa, Marines and sailors are accomplishing this, he said.

“We’ve been doing very well with our liberty campaign plan. I think if we continue to maintain that standard, that’s a great first step,” he said.

Glueck reminded Marines and sailors that “the way they carry themselves, the way they look when they go on liberty, that’s very important. It’s that perception they create, our Marine Corps image.”

A key component of being good neighbors, good ambassadors is the community involvement of individual Marines and sailors, he said.

“And I think, quite frankly, many times, the individual Marines get more out of it than those in the local community. It’s a two-fold win,” he said.

The general said he kept the III MEF guidance “short and to the point” to ensure the commander’s intent was clear.

The one-page document is compiled into 10 points and is written in such a way to be easily understood by all.

For the future, Glueck said he expects great things from the Marines and sailors of the III MEF.

“I know from what I’ve seen in the very short time here on this tour, that we have great Marines doing great things, and they will make a big difference in this theater,” Glueck said. “I look forward to being part of that experience with them.”

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