In January of 2008, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines deployed to Okinawa, Japan to attach to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. We conducted a “Float” operation across the Pacific, going to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. During this time, Fox Company was tasked to go ashore and train their respective militaries in Infantry Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.
In each country, I was assigned the responsibility of developing training programs that our platoon (3rd platoon) would conduct with the foreign military unit assigned to our platoon. This was my next official test in Project Management, spending many hours developing the plan, gathering resources, assigning tasks, creating schedules, executing the training, and closing out the project. I did this with the Philippine Marines, Thai Marines, and Indonesian army. The Professional skills I learned through out all of this included:
- Project planning and development.
- Resource planning and management.
- Risk Management and implementation of risk mitigation plans.
- Scheduling and assignment of tasks.
- Stakeholder analysis and management.
- Scope management.
- Monitoring and Controlling of Project Execution.
- Project Close out.
- Maintaining accountability of military Weapons, Equipment, and Gear totaling over $1 million, or more when assigned vehicles, closer to over $10 million or more at any given time.
- Inventory management.
After completing this series of deployments, we returned to Okinawa, Japan. While there, I was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) for my successful performance in the completion of these projects, primarily the training projects conducted with Thai Marine units as a part of Operation Cobra Gold. You can view that award in the “Awards” section of this website.
After completing this deployment, we returned home either June or July of 2008. Shortly there after, several of my peers and I volunteered to go on a Combat Replacement deployment with 2nd battalion, 7th Marines out in Afghanistan. We deployed sometime in September of 2008.