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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

MarForPac Sergeant Maj. holds PME for Marines

By Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis | | September 25, 2009

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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - More than 100 noncommisioned officers and junior enlisted from Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, gathered at the Sunset Lanai, Sept. 25 for MarForPac Sgt. Maj. James R. Futrell's professional military education. The PME was the first time the recently appointed MarForPac sergeant major had the opportunity to sit down with Marines, talking about the Marine Corps current mission as well answering any questions. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - More than 100 noncommisioned officers and junior enlisted from Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, gathered at the Sunset Lanai, Sept. 25 for MarForPac Sgt. Maj. James R. Futrell's professional military education. The PME was the first time the recently appointed MarForPac sergeant major had the opportunity to sit down with Marines, talking about the Marine Corps current mission as well answering any questions. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released) (Photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Headquarters Battalion Marines order drinks and food during a Professional Military Education class Sept. 25, at the Sunset Lanai. The PME was held by MarForPac Sgt. Maj. James Futrell, sergeant major, MarForPac, to talk with Marines about the Marine Corps, current efforts, and answered questions at the end. Futrell used the PME as a orientation to speak with Marines since assuming command roughly two months ago. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Headquarters Battalion Marines order drinks and food during a Professional Military Education class Sept. 25, at the Sunset Lanai. The PME was held by MarForPac Sgt. Maj. James Futrell, sergeant major, MarForPac, to talk with Marines about the Marine Corps, current efforts, and answered questions at the end. Futrell used the PME as a orientation to speak with Marines since assuming command roughly two months ago. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released) (Photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Sgt. Maj. James Futrell, sergeant major, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, speaks to Headquarters Battalion Marines Sept. 25, at the Sunset Lanai. Futrell held a PME focusing on the Marine Corps and various aspects before offering Marines a chance to ask questions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Sgt. Maj. James Futrell, sergeant major, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, speaks to Headquarters Battalion Marines Sept. 25, at the Sunset Lanai. Futrell held a PME focusing on the Marine Corps and various aspects before offering Marines a chance to ask questions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)(Released) (Photo by Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Sergeant Maj. James R. Futrell, sergeant major, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, conducted a professional military education class Sept. 25, at the Sunset Lanai here.

More than 100 Marines from MarForPac Headquarters Battalion attended the PME, and were greeted by Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commanding general, MarForPac, before handing the floor to Futrell.

The recently appointed MarForPac sergeant major took the opportunity to speak to MarForPac noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Marines since arriving here roughly two months ago.

Futrell covered a spectrum of topics ranging from his career, to the numerous possibilities Marines have throughout their career as well as after the Marine Corps.

He said one difference in today’s enlisted Marines compared to those from his era is that current Marines have to grow up fast because of the wars. Marines know what they have to do regarding mission accomplishment and they knew what they were getting into even before they volunteered, Futrell explained.

“We’re all here for the same reason, to serve our country. People enjoy their freedom because of you,” he explained to the Marines. “It’s what makes us so extraordinary.”

During the PME, Marines got the chance to enjoy complimentary food before Futrell opened the floor to questions.

One Marine rose and asked Futrell why he wasn’t allowed to go into certain billets because of visible tattoos.

Futrell explained it as a collective image of today’s Marines, and even if it’s not offensive to fellow Americans, or Marines, many other cultures have different opinions about tattoos, generally detracting from the image of “A few good men.”

He concluded by stating, “As Marines we are held to a higher standard. Core Values must be our guide and what we stand for. When you go against these values this is what is at stake; your reputation, your career, your family and your future. Being a Marine is about possessing the Moral, Mental, and Physical strength to resist opposition.”