Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and retired Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson, former commander, MarForPac, present Lt. Col. Glen G. Butler, director of operations and training, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, with a plaque and a $3,000 check for winning first place in the Marine Corps Gazette’s Maj. Gen. Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest here April 8.
The late Maj. Gen. Chase believed the Marine Corps’ strength rests in intellectually-driven innovation and flexibility. In his honor, the contest invites Marines of all ranks to submit articles that challenge conventional wisdom and suggest ideas for change in different aspects of the Marine Corps’ operation. For the author’s willingness to do so, the award is called the Boldness and Daring Award.
For his essay, entitled “Graveyard of Empires – Are We Ready Yet?”, Butler gives his thoughts on the Corps’ involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We’re fortunate in the Corps to have a forum to professionally discuss the things that affect us. I like the notion of challenging conventional wisdom,” said Butler. “Honestly, I didn’t think I’d win, but my wife and kids were fired up when they found out!”
Although he and his family were excited about the prize, he finds true satisfaction in others finding great value in his thoughts.
“The money’s nice, but it’s just great to see that someone thinks that what I wrote is worthwhile. It is very rewarding.”
The monetary prizes are funded through the generosity of the Battelle Corporation and support from the Chase family.
Now that he has received this award, Butler emphasized the importance of Marines’ thoughts and ideas and how they can impact the Corps.
“I encourage every Marine to submit something, regardless of rank,” he said. “A lot of the time, younger Marines have the best ideas.”
Butler’s essay will be published in the July edition of the Marine Corps Gazette.