CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The sergeant major for I Marine Expeditionary Force, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, recently visited as a guest speaker to discuss leadership with students of the 1st Intelligence Battalion’s Corporals Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 27, 2014.
The mission of the course is to teach Marines basic leadership knowledge and equip them with the skills necessary to effectively lead junior Marines. The course covers uniform knowledge, close-order drill, physical fitness and other leadership principles.
Sgt. Maj. Green, on his 31st year of active duty, explained the importance of taking care of each other and always doing what’s right.
“Doing the right thing when nobody’s looking, [that’s] self-discipline,” said Green. “It’s the difference in doing what one thinks is the right thing and doing what’s [morally] right.”
Sgt. Ira Davis, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the course, said he wanted to bring in Green so the students could see an example of success.
Green’s presence shows what it means to take care of not only the Marines under your command but also the Marine Corps as a whole, said Davis.
“Talking to the Marines after Sgt. Maj. Green left, these Marines were truly motivated,” said Davis. “I saw a level of confidence and a sense of pride that was not there before he came into the room.”
Davis said every time he encounters Sgt. Maj. Green, he still manages to learn something new.
“Meeting Sgt. Maj. Green for me was inspirational,” said Davis. “He always has something to impart into you, no matter if you have been in 10 years, two years, or 20 years.”
Many of the students had similar feelings after talking with Green. Cpl. Anthony Nunez, a student in the class, said it was a humbling and encouraging experience.
“It’s definitely a morale booster, somebody of that caliber, taking the time out of their ridiculously busy schedule to give us 20 minutes to an hour of their time is just honoring,” said Nunez.
The students have two weeks left until graduation and several more events designed to build their confidence and expand their abilities to be effective Marine leaders.