Corporals' Course Prepares Marines as Leaders

110622-F-ND912-003 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 22, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Staff Sergeant Christopher Harrison, USMC Corporals' Course chief instructor, inspects USMC Lance Corporal Marie Moreau during a course uniform inspection June 22 in the Oasis Movie Theater on Camp Lemonnier. Throughout the three-week course, instructors focused on several topics including public speaking, service history and traditions, joint operations, professional conduct and warfighting tactics in order to provide new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo 110622-F-ND912-003 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 22, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Staff Sergeant Christopher Harrison, USMC Corporals' Course chief instructor, inspects USMC Lance Corporal Marie Moreau during a course uniform inspection June 22 in the Oasis Movie Theater on Camp Lemonnier. Throughout the three-week course, instructors focused on several topics including public speaking, service history and traditions, joint operations, professional conduct and warfighting tactics in order to provide new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
110623-F-ND912-053 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 23, 2011) -- U.S. Navy Master Chief Loretta Glenn, Camp Lemonnier command master chief, speaks with students at a senior non-commissioned officer board June 23 during the U.S. Marine Corps Corporals' Course  at Camp Lemonnier. The three-week long enlisted professional military education course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo 110623-F-ND912-053 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 23, 2011) -- U.S. Navy Master Chief Loretta Glenn, Camp Lemonnier command master chief, speaks with students at a senior non-commissioned officer board June 23 during the U.S. Marine Corps Corporals' Course at Camp Lemonnier. The three-week long enlisted professional military education course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
110624-A-UF490-003 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 24, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal Matt Matthews, USMC Corporals' Course student, briefs students on a mission scenario June 24 in the Oasis Movie Theater at Camp Lemonnier. "Public speaking was an important portion of the course because young leaders must be capable of communicating their ideas and instructions clearly and with confidence," said USMC Staff Sergeant Christopher Harrison, chief instructor. The three-week long course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo 110624-A-UF490-003 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 24, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal Matt Matthews, USMC Corporals' Course student, briefs students on a mission scenario June 24 in the Oasis Movie Theater at Camp Lemonnier. "Public speaking was an important portion of the course because young leaders must be capable of communicating their ideas and instructions clearly and with confidence," said USMC Staff Sergeant Christopher Harrison, chief instructor. The three-week long course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle C. Lawrence)
110625-F-ND912-237 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Cory Mundorff, a Corporals' Course student, assists fellow student Corporal Diana Palomares mark her scorecard during an M9 pistol qualification June 25 near Camp Lemonnier. The three-week long course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo 110625-F-ND912-237 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Cory Mundorff, a Corporals' Course student, assists fellow student Corporal Diana Palomares mark her scorecard during an M9 pistol qualification June 25 near Camp Lemonnier. The three-week long course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
110625-F-ND912-105 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- A U.S. Marine Corps Corporals' Course student fires an M9 pistol during a recent weapons qualification June 25 near Camp Lemonnier. The three-week, enlisted professional military education course focused on several topics including public speaking, service history and traditions, joint operations, professional conduct and warfighting tactics to provide new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo 110625-F-ND912-105 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- A U.S. Marine Corps Corporals' Course student fires an M9 pistol during a recent weapons qualification June 25 near Camp Lemonnier. The three-week, enlisted professional military education course focused on several topics including public speaking, service history and traditions, joint operations, professional conduct and warfighting tactics to provide new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
110625-A-UF490-171 110625-F-ND912-247 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion lands at a training range near Camp Lemonnier June 25 during a recent USMC Corporals' Course M9 pistol qualification. The three-week course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo 110625-A-UF490-171 110625-F-ND912-247 CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (June 25, 2011) -- A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion lands at a training range near Camp Lemonnier June 25 during a recent USMC Corporals' Course M9 pistol qualification. The three-week course provided new and soon-to-be corporals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle C. Lawrence)

Thirty U.S. Marines graduated a three-week Corporals' Course June 28 at 11 Degrees North community center.

The Combined Joint Task Force Ã? Horn of Africa-sponsored (CJTF-HOA) course provides new or soon-to-be corporals the basic knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful small-unit leader.

"There were two goals behind the initiation of this course here," said U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Scott Mykoo, CJTF-HOA chief senior enlisted leader and course director. "First, give Marines the opportunity to attend a course while deployed. Second, build turnover to allow for ease of conducting future courses. I believe we accomplished both."

Throughout the duration of the course, instructors focused on several topics including public speaking, service history and traditions, joint operations, professional conduct and warfighting tactics.

"Public speaking was an important portion of the course because young leaders must be capable of communicating their ideas and instructions clearly and with confidence," said USMC Staff Sergeant Christopher Harrison, chief instructor. "The Marine Corps Traditions [class] was also very important. The only way to keep these traditions is to involve them into our way of life and emphasize their importance with our younger Marines."

To conclude the course, each student was tested during a practical operations event, which included land navigation, small-unit tactics, radio procedures and IED detection and control.

"The event is designed to assess the students' leadership abilities and willingness to work as a team," said Harrison. "It's stressed from day one and is a testament to what the students have learned."

The students were then recognized during a graduation ceremony, with U.S. Army Brigadier General William Glasgow, CJTF-HOA deputy commander, as guest speaker.

"This course trains our Marines to the proper standard," said Glasgow. "Now you are all leaders. It's now your job to motivate and ensure your Marines are ready for any and all missions. You are now the head of the spear."

During the ceremony one Marine was named the class honor graduate for his superior accomplishment during the course. This individual was selected by his peers and instructors.

"I felt extremely proud when I was announced as the honor graduate," said USMC Corporal Sohail Selky. "To be recognized and selected by my instructors and peers was an incredible honor."

Although another course is not currently scheduled, one may be held at CJTF-HOA in the near future.

"It is my hope the future leadership from units assigned to Camp Lemonnier will take what was created and continue this endeavor by conducting future classes," said Mykoo.

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