July 19, 2012

Leader’s Forum

Col. Robert Kuckuk
Station Commanding Officer

Think about this statement for a second: It’s the right thing to do.

It’s fair to say we all typically know the right thing to do in most situations. We are guided by the regs, our leaders, our training or our experiences. Maybe we let our conscience be our guide. Sometimes, it not easy, nor fun. But, it lets you sleep better at night.

Our Corps is undergoing a transformation regarding the way treat sexual assault. Why? Because we (maybe not you the reader, but we the Marines Corps), are treating it wrong. We are going to learn to keep our comments and our hands to ourselves. We are going to teach one another in both large groups and small the importance of treating all Marines: male, female, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, with the same respect you would give your sister or your brother. Further, I insist you watch out for each other, the same way you would protect your sister, brother or your children, from those who would take advantage of a situation. You do this because they are your brother and sister Marines. That doesn’t stop when you secure each day. You do this because it’s the right thing to do.

  • When your brother or sister drinks a little too much, you get them home safely. It’s the right thing to do.
  • When they drink too much too often, you tell someone and get them some help. It’s the right thing to do.
  • When they are going through a rough patch in a relationship, you support them.
  • When you have a new Marine check in, you teach them the ropes like you would teach your brother or sister.
  • And when they stop communicating, their personality changes and they don’t seem to be themselves, you find out why.

Let’s remember why we became a part of this illustrious Corps and do what’s needed to keep our brothers and sisters in arms safe as we would our own.


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