MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Marines across the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing know all about the Committed and Engaged Leadership Initiative, but at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., they don’t always get the opportunity to hear about it.
Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, commanding general of 3rd MAW, extended his hand to one of the few wing squadrons at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, during a breakfast at his home aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 22.
Busby spoke with the Marines about how the unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons are slated to change and how to help solve problems in their unit.
“The big issue is sexual assault and harassment,” said Sgt. Donald Araujo, an imagery analyst with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 and a Daytona, Fla., native. “To bring what I’ve learned here back as a leader and show that we care and show ‘dignity and respect’ as we learned today is great.”
The Marines of VMU-3, coming from multiple military occupational specialties, hope to bring this experience back to their Marines.
“It was a great opportunity,” said Araujo. “I don’t think many Marines get to come and talk face to face with the commanding general. I’ve learned a lot about the future, got to learn more about him and spoke to him on a more personal level, which I also believe is rare.”