Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps gives good gouge to MARFORPAC Marines
By Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks
| | August 06, 2007
MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP H M SMITH, Hawaii --
The 16th Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent shows off a prototype of the new physical fitness uniform to the Marines and Sailors of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific at the Pollack Theater here Aug. 6.
The running suits were just one of the many topics Kent covered in his laid back, but informative meeting with the enlisted Marines.
Kent gathered the Marines together to discuss many issues important to Marines, including the new policies concerning tattoos and wear of MARPAT combat utility uniform. According to Kent, these policies are in place to uphold the image of the Marine Corps and to reinforce the idea of being a Marine 24-7.
For some Marines, Kent was a breath of fresh air in the way he was able to relate and get through to them at their level.
“This is the first sergeant major I have seen that is thinking solely about the Marines and the issues important to them,” said Gunnery Sgt. Phyllis Black, G-1 plans and operations chief. “He was down to earth and kept it real.”
Kent didn’t just come to discuss hard issues. He also used this time to express his personal respect for the hard work Marines have been doing.
“The commandant always tells me how proud he is and I agree with him,” Kent said. “I figured I should come down here and tell you myself how proud I am of you warriors.”