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Career Story: Logistics Officer For The US Marines

Logistics Officer For The US Marines

Job Title: Officer, USMC

Education: BS, SUNY Geneseo •• MA Strategic Studies, Naval War College •• MA, National Strategic Studies, Marine Corps War College

Previous Experience: None of my three jobs prior to entering the Marine Corps are germane.

Job Tasks: I am a logistics Officer in the Marine Corps. Logistics is the art & science of planning for and sustaining combat operations. I have been in the Marine Corps since 1978.

I have served as a Commanding Officer several times (this included Commanding units from 30 people to 8000 people). I have also served in numerous staff positions on large staffs, such as serving at Headquarters, US Marine Corps. I have also served at Central Command, which has oversight of the Middle East area. This tour (1994-1997) was very eye-opening to prepare me for the current war in Iraq.

I travel often in my current job and have traveled often in my 30 years. I have been to approximately 30 countries and have been to Iraq three separate times (for the initial ground war for five months, for seven months in 2004, and then for one year in 2006/2007. I give many presentations and attend conferences. I have been to Okinawa Japan for one year and deployed two times for six months each time on board Navy ships to the Mediterranean Sea area.

I currently work at Headquarters Marine Corps in Logistics plans, policies, and strategic mobility. In this job we establish rules for the smooth operation of Marine Corps matters as they pertain to logistics. We also plan and assist all Marine units throughout the globe.

Every day is something different because every day someone needs a problem solved. The challenges are endless, but so are the rewards because of the dedicated and talented people I get to work with -- both civilian and military.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The uncertainty of the political situation,competition for budget resources, and separation from family are worst parts. You never get used to leaving your family for a long deployment, but it is the greatest feeling in the world to come home.

The best is the variety of people that you will meet and continue to meet as you work throughout your career. Every year people are transferred within the Marine Corps and although you lose friends, you gain new ones -- and run into people you have served with before.

Job Tips:
1. Read history -- as the old saying goes, "Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it." This is so true.

2. Read biographies of great leaders (preferably autobiographies). The best one I read was U.S. Grant's. He wrote it himself (to make money) and it's truly insightful to how smart he really was compared to what most think of him (an alcoholic)

3. Computers/technology are important, but people and good leadership will always win.

Additional Thoughts: It is the most fulfilling experience you will ever have. You will work hard but you will be proud of yourself.

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