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Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force


Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Mission Statement

From October 2014 to July 2015, the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks.

Unit Leaders

Colonel Matthew G. St. Clair
Commanding Officer, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Lieutenant Colonel Julie L. Nethercot
Executive Officer, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Sergeant Major Robin C. Fortner
Sergeant Major, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

a. Purpose: Conduct integrated, gender neutral training using a battalion landing team model to support the evaluation of the physical performance of participating Marines in the execution of individual and collective training tasks associated with the ground combat element.  

 b. Method:  Over the course of this year long evaluation we will: 1) conduct all training (Camp Lejeune, 29 Palms, MCB Camp Pendleton, Bridgeport) IAW established T&R standards (individual and collective tasks) and those standards will not be compromised under any circumstances, 2) take care of our Marines/Sailors and ensure their family readiness, and 3) establish an environment upholding the professional reputation of the Corps demonstrating the Esprit de Corps, trust, and will to succeed unique to our warrior culture and way of life.   

b. Endstate:  Successful execution of a rigorous, gender neutral training schedule quantifying tasks, conditions, and standards of the occupational specialties evaluated. All personnel accounted for and prepared to execute follow on PCS/PCA orders. All weapons, gear, and equipment accounted for and returned to supporting MSCs within II MEF fully mission capable. All facilities occupied by the GCEITF properly cleaned and turned over to designated command(s).  

2.  The leadership tenets below I have observed throughout my career from Marines at all ranks and have served me well for 25 years.  Embrace them.

Ø  Do not stifle initiative…let NCOs lead.

Ø  Accountability…especially in what you fail to do.

Ø  Discipline in all actions.

Ø  Do what is right and trust your Marines will do the same.

Ø  Be guided by a moral and ethical compass.

Ø  Honesty and integrity…trust should never be a question.

Ø  Be unselfish, it’s not about you but rather those you lead.

Ø  The first place to look for cause of a problem is in a mirror.

Ø  Communicate up, down and laterally.

Ø  Never assume anyone knows anything unless you tell them yourself.

Ø  Never avoid the opportunity to keep your mouth shut if you can’t contribute anything of substance.

Ø  It’s not about relationships…it’s all about relationships.   

Ø  Have fun and take time to enjoy what you do as a Marine/Sailor. 

3.  A balanced focus on these priorities and principles, reinforced by aggressive and competent leadership, will ultimately determine our success. Semper Fi!