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Commandant, First Lady and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visit 3rd MAW

By Cpl. Melissa Wenger | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | October 18, 2013

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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.”

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.” (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.”

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.” (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett reads from the Marine Corps Order directing promotions during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. He emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer and what is expected of those that hold these ranks.

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett reads from the Marine Corps Order directing promotions during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. He emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer and what is expected of those that hold these ranks. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, promote now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native to his current rank aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, promote now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native to his current rank aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, reads from the CMC Planning Guidance during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. He and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, reads from the CMC Planning Guidance during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. He and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.”

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, explains the importance of the Corps’ noncommissioned officers during an informal seminar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. Amos said, “NCOs, you are the opportunity. You are the Corps’ main effort.” (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, promote now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native to his current rank aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, promote now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native to his current rank aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, greets Cindy Busby, wife of Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. Amos later attended a luncheon at the Busby residence celebrating Marine Corps spouses as part of the Committed and Engaged Spouse campaign, an initiative spearheaded by Maj. Gen. Busby.

Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, greets Cindy Busby, wife of Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. Amos later attended a luncheon at the Busby residence celebrating Marine Corps spouses as part of the Committed and Engaged Spouse campaign, an initiative spearheaded by Maj. Gen. Busby. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, reads the promotion warrant for now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar, Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer.

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, reads the promotion warrant for now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 17. During the ensuing informal seminar, Amos and Barrett emphasized the importance of the Marine noncommissioned officer. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, are greeted by Sgt. Christopher Prior, a field wireman with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and his wife, Paige Prior, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. This past May, Prior led a colors ceremony celebrating Marine Corps spouses.  He and his wife were hand-selected to personally greet the Commandant and his wife as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, Maj. Gen, Steven Busby’s, Committed and Engaged Leadership and Committed and Engaged Spouse campaigns.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, are greeted by Sgt. Christopher Prior, a field wireman with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and his wife, Paige Prior, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. This past May, Prior led a colors ceremony celebrating Marine Corps spouses. He and his wife were hand-selected to personally greet the Commandant and his wife as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, Maj. Gen, Steven Busby’s, Committed and Engaged Leadership and Committed and Engaged Spouse campaigns. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, debark their plane aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. The leading couple tackled the task of reaching out to Marines and their families across the instillation during their visit.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, debark their plane aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. The leading couple tackled the task of reaching out to Marines and their families across the instillation during their visit. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, greet Paige Prior, wife of Sgt. Christopher Prior, a field wireman with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and his wife, Paige, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. During their visit, the Amos’ interacted with as many Marines and spouses as possible.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, and First Lady of the Marine Corps, Bonnie Amos, greet Paige Prior, wife of Sgt. Christopher Prior, a field wireman with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and his wife, Paige, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17. During their visit, the Amos’ interacted with as many Marines and spouses as possible. (Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --  “You are the history of generations to come,” said the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos to the noncommissioned officers aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct 17.

During his visit, the highest-ranking officer in the Corps and his right-hand man, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, honed in on the importance of the Marine NCO.

The commandant was personally welcomed to the instillation by Sgt. Christopher Prior, a field wireman with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and his wife, Paige. This past May, Prior led a colors ceremony highlighting military spouses. In the opinion of Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, it only seemed fitting that Prior and his wife welcome the leading couple of the Marine Corps.

Barrett enjoyed a personal welcome from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing NCO of the quarter, Cpl. Miguel Ocampo, a calibrator with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 and a Yucaipa, Calif. native.

Shortly after arriving at MCAS Miramar’s station auditorium, Amos and Barrett promoted a Marine to the NCO ranks. Now Cpl. Wesleigh Beckman, an aviation ordinance technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 and a Fairfield, Ohio native received his new rank from Amos himself.

“It was a huge honor to be promoted by the commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps and it was very humbling to be in his presence,” said Beckman. “I take the rank to heart and I strive to be not only the best NCO possible, but to be the best example for the Marines around me.”

After reading from the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Planning Guidance, Amos and Barrett left Miramar Marines with a new understanding of an NCO’s responsibilities to the institution.
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