Biographies of the Marines
One of the best-selling military biographies ever written is Al Gray's Marine: The Early Years. This biography of the legendary marine follows the early years of his career and includes his life before the USMC. Davis also wrote the biography of his son Al, who became a Marine and won five Navy Crosses. The book also features the story of Joe, who became a USMC 2nd Lieutenant and went on to become a public affairs leader.
Joe was a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC
Joe Walsh, a retired Colonel, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than three decades. During his career, he served in various roles, including as Academy Professor and Deputy Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. He was also an Eisenhower Fellow and served as an assistant professor of psychology at West Point from 1985 to 1988. His professional expertise focused on leadership education and development, and organizational culture change.
Joseph LeBoeuf was born in 1951 and enlisted in the Marine Corps during his junior year of high school. He had previously worked in the construction industry while attending South Central Junior-Senior High School. After high school, he enrolled in the US Military Academy Preparatory School. He earned an appointment to West Point University and graduated as a second lieutenant in the Combat Engineers. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award.
Paige received the Medal of Honor on October 26, 1942. Japanese troops had broken through a Marine machine gun section at Henderson Field. Paige, a 2nd lieutenant, was assigned to fire at the Japanese until the machine gun was destroyed. He then moved to another gun to continue firing. When reinforcements arrived, Paige led a bayonet charge that drove the Japanese back. Joe was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant on July 8, 1943. He was sent back to the United States in July 1946 and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The first lieutenant in his unit died in 1882. He was second lieutenant on 2 January 1855. He was discharged on 21 June 1861. Joe's military career was short-lived. He served for only three years. His mate, Josephine, was also in the USMC. It was his first overseas deployment. He later became an instructor and a medic, but he did not retire until he was 30 years old.
Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years
The 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Al Gray, served from 1987 until 1991, and was a role model for Marines of all ranks. Few people know about General Al Gray's early years, however. But the good news is that there is now a biography about the General that provides a brief history of his Marine career. Here are a few highlights of his early years. In addition to being a commandant, General Al Gray served as an enlisted Marine.
Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years, Volume One is a wise introduction to the legend. Scott Laidig has both respect and love for the veteran. He does a great job painting a picture of Gray's time in the Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. As an added bonus, it also serves as a valuable contribution to military biographies. Read this book and be prepared to be impressed! It's well worth your time.
The Marine Corps Commandant's post is close to the papacy in the military, and Gen. Al Gray reshaped the Marine Corps in a way few commandants have done. This biography of the 29th Commandant will give you an insight into his life and accomplishments. It's an essential read, and one that will be remembered long after his military career ends. If you're interested in learning more about the marine corps' storied history, this is the book for you.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, General Gray served as a battalion commander. His unit was undergoing an extremely difficult period in preparation for a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean. As a result, Gray's leadership was crucial in turning the unit around. By implementing positive leadership practices, Al Gray weeded out the flagrant drug users and racial agitators, and decided that a more positive atmosphere would benefit the unit.
Joe's public affairs career
In addition to his public affairs career in the Marines, Joe has also been involved in numerous military and diplomatic missions. In 2005, he was a senior U.S. military spokesperson for a disaster relief mission in Indonesia, and later ran the Marine Corps Drill Instructor School. From 2001 to 2003, Joe worked under General James N. Mattis as a public affairs officer, planning the largest media embed program in the Marine Corps' history. In the same year, he narrowly escaped an ambush and narrowly escaped a death.
While serving in the Marines, Joe Plenzler was a public affairs officer alongside three general officers and served as a teacher at the Defense Information School. His experience gave him an inside look at the Marine Corps' public affairs office, and he explains how a lack of accountability can hinder a career and ruin a public relations effort. He also cites examples of how public affairs officers have been mistreated by commanding officers.
The case resulted in Gainey refusing to serve as the spokesman for the case, and redirecting reporters to his superiors at the Pentagon. Consequently, Gainey's command placed him on administrative leave for a week, and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. Involuntarily committed for five days, Gainey's mental health deteriorated and he lost his public affairs career. The following year, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps.
Eventually, Gainey pushed the issue up the chain, claiming that the Marines had not provided a proper explanation for Gainey's removal. In an email to Headquarters Marine Corps, Gainey complained that the press release "lacked detail about the removal." After Gainey was fired, the issue remained unresolved, despite Gainey's attempts to influence the media. Gainey has not replied to numerous requests for comment.
T'Jae Gibson is Chief, Air Force Training Program at the Pentagon
T'Jae Gibson is the first black female to head the Pentagon's Air Force Training Program. She joined the Air Force as part of the Outstanding Scholars Program, a program which prepares future Air Force officers to lead in the field. Since joining the Air Force, Gibson has had a diverse career, ranging from media relations to military and civilian leadership. Gibson's previous appointments include being a deputy undersecretary of defense for management reform and assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller. She has also served as the CEO of XCOR Aerospace and Beechcraft.
Although the military has an explicit policy against asking about sexual orientation, the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prevents personnel from being forced to come out to their superiors. But a Pentagon report released in April says homosexual discharges are most likely to occur early, with 212 of 309 instances occurring during basic training. But it is still unclear how these policies will play out in actual practice.
T'Jae was awarded the Colonel Joseph Alexander Award
T'Jae was one of only four women to receive the Marine Corps' annual award, the Colonel Joseph Alexander Award. The honorees were selected from the largest number of entries since the awards program began. T'Jae will receive a gold medallion and commemorative brick at an awards ceremony on April 30. To read more about her award, subscribe to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's daily newsletter, Daily Headlines.
The award is given to an author of a book about the Marine Corps. Alexander, who retired as a colonel after nearly three decades in the service, served in the assault amphibian branch for 29 years. He commanded a company in Vietnam and served five years at sea with amphibious task forces. He graduated from the Naval War College with distinction, and he served as the chief of staff of the 3d Marine Division in the western Pacific.