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Memorial Day – Remembering | Monument Wealth Administration


I’d prefer to spend somewhat little bit of time in at the moment’s weblog telling you a few Marine Brother who I spent the weekend remembering.

I met Chris within the spring of 2009 after I grew to become the Commanding Officer (CO) of Battery M, 3d Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment. As background, an artillery battery usually has two platoons. One of many two platoons known as “Weapons Platoon” and it’s the platoon with the entire males who man the six M777 155mm cannons (Disclosure – there are not any ladies in Artillery Batteries). They’re a grand lot of males – unforgiving, fiercely aggressive and feisty sturdy. They’re a gaggle of males who will not be for the faint of coronary heart or for these with delicate ears – they’re equally comfortable slinging 100 pound projectiles over their shoulders as they’re stringing collectively a strand of expletives that makes The Wolf of Wall Road appear as tame because the film Frozen. And that’s when issues are going easily… it is best to see them when they’re mad.

Chris led these males for me, which brings me to my story. For these of you who know me, there may be at all times a narrative, however this one is particular.

After I arrived to take command of the battery (often called “Mike Battery” by most, however as “Mike Battalion” by a number of who’re in on the joke) there was a number of turnover of personnel on account of pure attrition after coming back from a fight tour in Iraq. There was additionally the truth that I needed to let some senior individuals go. By the point the weekend ended and we had our roster of who was staying, Weapons Platoon had nobody above the rank of Corporal, of which there have been 9. To place that into perspective, a platoon is led by BOTH an officer and a senior non-commissioned officer who normally has about ten years of expertise, of which I had neither remaining. It’s exceptional for a Corporal to be in command of a Weapons Platoon.

Memorial Day 2I used to be the brand new CO. The primary couple of days after taking command are pivotal – nobody is aware of you and everyone seems to be judging. As a result of Marines don’t like change and a brand new CO nearly at all times brings change, issues are dicey. After reviewing the standing of the remaining platoon, I walked out to the place they have been gathered working to go over the choices. The appears to be like of the lads all conveyed the plain, “Oh man, right here comes the brand new CO, this will’t be something good…” and that was most likely the clear model.

They work in an space known as a Gun Park. It is a place the place on the finish of the day, the lads are at all times soiled and the gear is at all times glistening. It was round 1630 in Marine language, 4:30pm to most everybody else. I gathered up the 9 Corporals and mentioned “I simply fired your Employees Sergeant and your Sergeant checked out, that leaves you 9 Corporals because the senior males within the platoon. Which of you is essentially the most senior?”

From the again row, a unclean greasy arm went into the air and Chris answered “I’m sir.”

Chris turned to the remaining eight Corporals and, in a method solely an artillery Corporal can string collectively a sentence (most likely ten complete phrases in size with seven F-bombs), instructed all of them to get again to work.

From that second on, Chris, with barely 4 years of expertise led over 60 of the hardest males you possibly can ever think about by means of the remaining time of my command. I by no means changed him with a senior Marine. To a person, the lads he led have been utterly unforgiving – errors on the gunline kill within the blink of an eye fixed. One oversight on his half would have led to horrible penalties. There’s a video beneath the place you possibly can see a few of the howitzers in motion. You will notice what I imply.

For all the 2 ½ years that I had the honour of main the Marines of Mike Battery, Chris was there. One 12 months, our battery received a coveted Prime Gun Award for the very best battery within the Battalion. It’s solely given out yearly. Pictured is Chris and I with the Prime Gun plaque we received when he led Weapons Platoon to victory that 12 months. He was by no means and not using a huge dip of Copenhagen as you possibly can see within the image. It was after the image was taken he turned and instructed me “Sir, that is the proudest second of my life.”

It was for me too, Chris.

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Mike Battery legend has it that the Prime Gun award was stolen underneath the quilt of darkness from the headquarters constructing and was positioned in his coffin, held in his arms. It was at all times his award, so I’m glad that the opposite Corporals he led made that daring raid on the headquarters constructing to make sure it could at all times stick with him. Main your friends who share the identical rank is the toughest process given to any Marine, they usually revered him for his successes.

Chris left us on March sixteenth of 2012, and I take into consideration him day-after-day.

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Whereas the language is nowhere close to that of The Wolf of Wall Road, there are some “XYZ-bombs” within the hyperlink beneath, however when you’ve got 5 minutes to spare to observe a video of the lads of Mike Battery, please see the hyperlink beneath. Chris and I could be seen at 3:55.

If you happen to acknowledge the man plugging his ears at 2:55…effectively, yeah, I’m in there too. Bonus breakdancing is seen at 3:28. All the lads you see on this video miss Chris very a lot.

As for a weblog in regards to the market, effectively, I feel everybody who learn this far will perceive I simply don’t really feel like writing about that at the moment.

I hope you remembered somebody this weekend and if you happen to care to boost one later this week to my good friend Chris, he received’t thoughts it being somewhat late, I promise.

Semper Fidelis, Chris. Wherever you might be, inform them you might be The King of Battle – Rounds Full, EOM, Ok.

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