MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Sgt. Maj. Michael Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command sergeant major, visited Cherry Point to meet with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing leadership and tour the air station March 13 and 14.
MARFORCOM acts as a global force provider for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. 2nd MAW is a service-retained element for the commandant of the Marine Corps and MARFORCOM, which is primarily made up of II Marine Expeditionary Force commands, including 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
Jones has been the senior enlisted advisor of MARFORCOM for nine months and set a goal to visit each of its major subordinate commands in the same capacity.
Jones organized the motives for his visit into three categories.
His primary mission was to pass on messages and guidelines from Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Jones also talked about sequestration and what individuals and units can do to maintain mission capability while cutting back on limited resource use.
“I’m here to carry on institutional values, policies and thoughts that come from our commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps, to give my perspective to those things and talk through suicide, sexual assault and leadership,” said Jones.
He also said he was able to get the “pulse” of the air station by getting a chance to hear from Col. Peter D. Buck, 2nd MAW chief of staff.
“I see many of the 16,000 Marines and Sailors who make up 2nd MAW are either deployed for training, deployed or carrying out some other requirements,” he said. “There is about 30-35 percent of the air station deployed throughout the globe.”
Jones said he wanted to come to thank the Marines and Sailors aboard the air station, starting with senior enlisted Marines.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of seeing the Marines of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in action, listening to them and talking to them,” said Jones. “When I go back up north, I can brag about the Marines, Sailors and their leaders.”
He said his visit reinforced existing leadership, which he described as sound, standards-based, engaged and caring.
Jones will return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., before next visiting Chemical Biological Incident Response Force based at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Md.