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Finding ways to be mentally STRONG-Hero Marines of 3/5

It’s not easy being Marine green

My donation to AnySoldier
Lead by example. That’s what I tell my Marines. I don’t ask them to do anything I haven’t already done or will be the first to do in front of them . We lead by example.

Leadership is a magnificent thing. We say “you are responsible for everything your Marines do, or don’t do”. When things go south and are all kinds of screwed up sideways, you don’t point fingers and make excuses. You are the leader and you lead from the front.

It’s not easy being green.

It’s not easy being Marine green and being a leader isn’t a popularity contest either. Sometimes you have to be a hard ass. It’s those time you have to  give the unpopular order/task is when those that respect you will  may not be happy about the task but will complete the task because they respect you. You have to respect them as well. You don’t have to threaten people to get things done, you have to lead them to get them to do the things they didn’t think they could do.

Some may take the easy way out and play the blame game. Those that do are not leaders, they are frauds. Being a leader means taking ownership and being responsible for what happens on your watch.

I’ve made a donation (above) to my favourite charity AnySoldier Inc. If you haven’t heard of the charity, check it out here. It’s a honest charity that continues to make a difference, even when it’s not popular. If you have heard of it and have sent packages let me ask you this. Have you ever donated to the actual charity? This beast doesn’t run on its own (hello it’s a charity). It can be $1 or $20, your choice of any amount. If you’re a Federal employee or in the military you can also help the charity by entering their CFC code #11993 on your donation forms.

 If you’re an AnySoldier  support “junkie” perhaps send one less package and send that money as a donation to the site. It’s easy to take, take take, try giving. It feels good.

 Anyone can find an excuse not to donate and no one is perfect but I can tell you this, when you get a pkg while on deployment it’s like Christmas day.

Lets continue to bring a holiday feeling to those deployed and support the site that makes it happen. I’m leading by example. Care to follow? Make a donation.

Time for a Cgar!


Kari Gibson

Well said Marine. Ooh rah!

Maj Pain



"Some may take the easy way out and play the blame game. Those that do are not leaders, they are frauds. Being a leader means taking ownership and being responsible for what happens on your watch."

Yes, Sir, you are so right.

Thank you for the link with the mailing address. I went to the Navy Seal Foundation site yesterday and they had a way to text a donation and it's just added to my cell phone bill. Fast and easy. New to me. But I'm old.

Herve Leger UK

"You got to love them and as I watch them in action I continue to wonder where we get such fine young warriors!" -Major Pain-

I wonder the same thing everyday. They keep me motivated. I figure if they can do what they do what I have to do is no big thing.


Yes! I love!

Here is the story of them helping out my Navy Division (when we volunteered at Walter Reed.)

Thanks for giving them their due. . .

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