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The publishers of the Galloway Patriot Newspaper were pleased to attend the annual “Combat Development” event at Marine Corps base Quantico on October 1st.
The key note speaker was Marine Corps Lieutenant General (3 Stars) Robert Walsh. General Walsh initially began his career as an infantry leader then became a Naval Aviator (fighter pilot). He is a graduate of the “National War College” in Washington DC and holds a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy. The general commanded the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Iraq, was the Director of Operations – United States Northern Command and is now commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) and deputy commandant for combat development and integration
The general is an extremely capable officer that exemplifies the type of leadership which the Marine Corps is known for. He presents a well thought out and lucid discussion outlining future use and deployment of troops. He and his staff are responsible for providing forward looking intelligence on what type of wars the United States will face in the future.
The general discussed how Marines will generate warfighting challenges that apply across the force: how do Marines develop and maintain situational awareness? How can the service push precision fires to lower levels of the Marine Corps? General Walsh also talked about enhanced training, conducting combined arms maneuver, conducting entry operations, and maintaining communications in various space, cyber and electromagnetic environments as other warfighting challenges.
The general and his staff will assure that the Marine Corps is prepared for any future missions which the president may direct them to conduct. It is easy to see why the United States military is immeasurably better than those it will face. Leaders like General Walsh demonstrate a professionalism and commitment unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
As Marine Corps veterans the publishers of the Galloway Patriot are proud to see that our military continues to improve. Regardless of how the world or our culture changes, our military adapts, perseveres and accomplishes its mission no matter how complex or challenging.