Tarnished Brass

Shortly before Gen. James Amos took over as the Marine Corps’ top officer in 2010, he visited all seven of his surviving four-star predecessors, seeking their guidance and counsel on what was important to remember as the service’s commandant. But it was a stark warning from one of them — Gen. Carl Mundy, commandant from 1991 to 1995 — that Amos recalled later in a room full of Marines at the legendary training grounds at Parris Island, S.C.

“If you fail to maintain the spiritual health of the Corps,” Amos recalled Mundy saying, “you will have failed as the 35th commandant.”

via Tarnished Brass.

I’ve yet to hear a Marine singing his praises. Not every Commandant is universally popular, but most have at least some staunch advocates.

2 thoughts on “Tarnished Brass”

  1. Amos has failed, and not just with the spiritual health of the Corps, but he has betrayed in simple, but very serious ways. Frankly, from what I’ve seen of him, he’s a moral coward.

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