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This was an email from a Battalion Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) to the Regimental Commanding Officer (Colonel).


Sir,  I was going for a run late Sunday afternoon and noticed the lights on in our motor transport maintenance bay.  This caught my eye because I had directed the Motor transport Section to enjoy the MLK 72 based on their work and on the positive feedback received to date from the LRI inspectors, so I investigated.  As I entered the maintenance bay, I heard country western music and then saw a Marine in overalls and tennis shoes covered in grease under the hood of a     Hummer - it was Sergeant Niles.

I asked Sergeant Niles what he was doing and he replied, "Sir, just doing a little work" .  I then asked why he was working on a Sunday afternoon, and that we had time next week.  He replied, "sir, we really need to get these old Hummers fixed and I wanted to get a head start so my Marines don't have to work so hard next week and can concentrate on the LRI.  I said how many are fixed and how long have you been working.  Sgt Niles said, " have been working over the last two days and got six up sir, but I need another part to fix the others.  I then questioned him regarding the parts because I thought all the parts came in.  He stated that the part/bolt he had would work, but was technically the wrong size, so he wanted to order the right one in order to properly fix the vehicles for 1/7.  I thanked him and again stated that it was not absolutely necessary to work over the 72.  He then looked at me very seriously with grease all over his face and said, "sir, I also want to get ahead in our work so I can go on the Iwo Jima trip ...I really want to see where those Marines fought and died ...it means a lot to me.

I said, Sergeant Niles, I will make sure you are on the Iwo trip roster, and turned away very quickly before he saw the tears swelling up in my eyes.  As I write this, I am bursting with pride that we have such fine Marines. These are the guys that keep me motivated and keep me in!!!

(name withheld)


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