Photo Information

Members of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization fire weapons in an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012. The YPO and WPO are international associations of business leaders. The members who visited Camp Pendleton are from businesses in the Southern California area. They visited the base to learn how Marines train and to help create a bridge between the private sector and military.

Photo by Cpl. Joshua Young

Presidents and CEOs visit Camp Pendleton

16 Nov 2012 | Cpl. Joshua Young

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Southern California members of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization visited Marines and toured Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 15.

The visit was an opportunity for the YPO and WPO members to get a taste of military life and to help create a bridge between the private sector and the military.

“I hope to gain a better appreciation about what the Marines are doing and to gain a first-hand account of how they train,” said Jon Vein, the CEO of Marketshare.

The group visited Camp Pendleton’s Infantry Immersion Trainer, an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, improvised explosive device training lanes and had lunch at a dining facility on base. They visited with Marines at every stop.

“I’m very impressed with the caliber of the staff we’ve met,” said Mark Friedman, the president and co-founder of Perfect Fitness. “We see a lot of enthusiasm among the Marines here. They seem to be doing an outstanding job learning their skills and communicating to us what they do.”

At the immersion trainer, the business leaders toured the site, asked questions and provided feedback to the site manager.

“The fact that you’re leveraging technology to give the military the opportunity to train their brains to have a reflex that you couldn’t have without doing something over and over again is amazing and smart,” Vein said. “It really gives the Marines the ability to expect the unexpected.”

The visit allowed training staff to hear new ideas and concepts they could possibly implement to enhance the training experience.

“It’s interesting to meet with them and discuss what they’re doing and their ideas,” said Robert Theilen, the IIT site manager with Training Support Division. “They learned from us, and we learned from them.”

The business leaders exchanged information with some of the military staff and expressed their desire to visit again and their eagerness to work with military members in the future.

“I’m interested in the discussion we had today about bringing veterans into the workforce,” Vein said. “Wherever businesses can open up opportunities for these young men and women, I think they should.”

During the visit, the business leaders made a donation to the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that helps injured or severely ill service members.