LtCol Eric Malinowski -
An hour ago I got a phone call. I was selected for colonel.
I wanted to send you a note - my first, outside family - to thank you for making this possible. I know my selection for promotion is representative of your abilities as a true professional, and of the abilities of the Marines and sailors you represented in the command. I was blessed to have an amazing group who made me look good.
Sergeant McMillan, Christopher M.-
Good morning 1stSgt,
It's been a while since I emailed you last. I was just going to DI School. Well, I've been on the Depot for about 2 years now and just wanted to hit you up to see how things are going over there where you're at. You know it's funny because I use things here that you taught me in Recruit Training. Back when you were my "Heavy". I still remember some ditties we used as recruits and I used those same ditties when I was a "Heavy". When you became my Senior Drill Instructor, I find myself leading the same way you did. So, hindsight being 20/20, I thank you because it made me become a successful Marine and Drill Instructor. I still have another year on the island. I don't think they're going to send me on quota though. They're talking about working me 8 or 9 cycles straight. Semper Gumby! If you don't know, about a year ago, 3rd BN moved to new squadbays right across from the RTF. They're a lot bigger than the old ones. I picked up 98 recruits this cycle. As a 3rd BN "Hat" you know we normally push smaller platoons. A lot smaller. Anyway, 1stSgt, hope everything is well and Thanks again for everything! Femper Fidelis!
Captain Scott Dustin-
I want to thank you for being such an influence to me early on and continually as I watch your rise and inspire more. I don't need to tell you to keep raising the standard for me and those to come because it is undoubtedly a primal part of your character. I assure you that you have the most definitely awakened a spark in me and I am reminded daily of its power as I try to do the same to as many I can. That SgtMaj concluded with some math and how 141 graduates could affect over two thirds of the Corps through impacting directly or indirectly 10 others, and so on and so on until the number of affected Marines peaked over 153,000.
Thank you for what you do and through communication between us can be distant I wanted you to know that I still speak of you frequently and how my AMOI shaped me and countless others. How the MECEP program is so crucial not only for the MECEP Marine but for ones like me and giving midshipmen their first experience with enlisted Marines, lessons that I don't think are barely touched on at TBS nor can be learned in a classroom.
Cpl Cook, Daniel -
I am ever so grateful for the time I got to serve under you. You have been an incredible source of motivation and knowledge since I have been on island as well as a glimmering example of constant professionalism. Thank you for the talks and advice you gave at formations but thank you even more for he one on one talks we have had with each other. Thank you for holding me to such a high but fair standard and thank you for speaking so highly about me in front of the entire battalion. You're an incredible man and Marine SgtMaj and again, thank you for everything you have done for me individually. Semper Fidelis and good luck where are are headed.
SSgt Jimenez, Joe R. -
Good morning SgtMaj,
I just wanted to shoot you an email and thank you for your awesome leadership and advice while I was with the MEU. I thought hard about what you said about doing a second B-billet and after a year in grade I will put in a package for MSG. You staying on the SNCO's about our OMPF's and keeping it up to date made me spend the extra time to get certs submitted I previously forgot about. As a man and as a SNCO you are one of few senior leaders that I really look up to and emulate. I owe part of my selection to gunny to you and just wanted to thank you. Have a good day SgtMaj!