Commanding General's Command Philosophy

1st Marine Logistics Group achieves combat effectiveness through mastering our mission, being great stewards of our resources, taking responsibility for our own personal readiness and those in our charge, and demonstrating the highest ideals of integrity. Of these, integrity is the most important. These four pillars drive my decisions as a commander. Derived from our battle-tested Marine Corps leadership principles, these pillars don’t represent new leadership tenets but reinforce what we have been taught since we first swore our oath of office.

Master your Mission. To best support the MAGTF, we must be good at what we do, and we must be good at what we do in “any clime and place.”

  • We must all know our jobs, and seek to become better every day. We must persistently strive to stay technically and tactically proficient – as individuals and as units.

  • To meet our Nation’s expectations for an expeditionary force, we must be able to rapidly deploy and be able to employ our units in combat and austere conditions.

  • At every level, we must master the processes that enable us to have the highest state of materiel readiness.

  • Enthusiastically embracing knowledge of every step of our processes – both those steps for which we are responsible and the steps that others are responsible for but affect our mission — enable us to create more options. In other words, when we limit our understanding of processes, we limit our decision-space.

  • We never stop learning.

    • Be humble enough to ask questions; be confident enough to teach others. 

    • Be receptive to new ideas; learn to operate outside of your self-perceived limits – and aggressively pursue those ideas that increase our combat effectiveness.

Be Great Stewards of the Resources in which You Have Been Entrusted. Our Corps has a great tradition of thriving when resources are scarce.  As such, leaders must deliberately commit resources in the right place at the right time – so as to extract the greatest combat effectiveness. From fiscal resources, to care of our equipment and facilities, to the daily routine of our Marines, I expect leaders to anticipate, plan, and execute with discipline

  • Taking pride in our equipment, facilities, workspaces, and barracks reflects self-discipline and responsibility to the team.

  • Conducting cost-benefit analysis ahead of each action ensures that we seize opportunities and understand opportunity costs.

    • “Prioritizing” is different than making a list of all that needs to be done; prioritizing means making tough choices. 

  • Leaders at every grade and every billet should take ownership of their own and their unit’s training – from design of our exercises to mastery of our daily routines.

    • Leaders bend training to meet their objectives and challenge their units, while executing safely and smartly.

    • Leaders take responsibility for how we ask our Marines and Sailors to use their precious time by making a plan and executing smartly.

    • Having multiple and specific training objectives for each training event, and having a Plan of the Day are the starting point for a disciplined execution.

    • Conducting hotwashes and getting feedback from everyone ensure “next time” we’ll be better.

Take Responsibility of Our Personal Readiness.  Personal and family readiness ensure that we can serve our country and Corps to the best of our abilities.

Individually, we must challenge ourselves to embrace high standards.  Stay physically fit, mentally tough, emotionally resilient, and spiritually grounded. To quote a recent Olympian, “if you want to do something rare, you’re going to have to make choices that most people aren’t willing to make.” Make tough choices today, so you’ll be ready when our Nation needs you.

As part of a team, embrace the responsibilities and privilege of being part of a team and family of warriors.

  • We must be humble enough to ask for assistance when we need it, and be compassionate enough to offer assistance when we see others struggling.

  • Leaders must educate themselves on resources available to our families and ensure our Marines and Sailors are able to access those resources that will increase our readiness.

  • Contribute to a climate where every member is valued and treated with respect. Create this climate through positive, affirmative actions – not just by “avoiding” hazing, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

Demonstrate the Highest Ideals of integrity. It is not enough to be technically proficient at our jobs, but to then fail in character. Character makes good units great and more combat effective – it ensures we have the mettle to drive on under adversity; and dictates our attitude towards our mission and personal readiness. 

  • Being men and women of character means that we are truthful, honorable, and respectful in all of our interactions with each other, our families, and the American public. 

  • Part of character is the physical and mental toughness necessary to prevail over the unexpected and to persist even in the face of great odds. 

  • Character is doing the right thing even when it is to our own personal disadvantage.

  • We strive always to do our best, and when we fall short, we own it, correct it, and become better for it.

My promise to every Sailor and Marine in 1st MLG is that I will strive every day to help set the conditions for you to succeed – succeed in your mission, to be effective at home and at work, and have your contribution to the team valued and respected. If you have an idea or an obstacle I can help with, don’t be afraid to speak up. We are at our best when we operate as a team.


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