CAX-10 Marines challenged; Can your leaders trust you?

28 Aug 2002 | Lance Cpl. G. Lane Miley

Booker T. Washington once said, "Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and let him know that you trust him."Marine Air Ground Task Force 2's desert warriors recently took a break from training during Combined Arms Exercise 10-02, congregating at the Camp Wilson chapel here to "replenish their spiritual vessels" with an Old Testament lesson they could apply to their own lives. The Chapel of the Desert Choir provided ear-pleasing hymns while Sgt. Maj. Joseph M. Morgan, 2nd Marine Division sergeant major, preached a moving sermon on trust and leadership. He was visiting his deployed combatants with Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general for the division.Morgan read from Genesis about Joseph. Joseph's jealous brothers, envious of the relationship he shared with his father, sold Joseph into slavery. However, because Joseph was a man of God, he was successful and everything he was in charge of was also successful. His master, Potiphar, allowed Joseph to live in the house with him. One day Potiphar's wife asked Joseph to "sleep with her." This was more important than anything else Joseph was accountable for. Joseph refused her, she grabbed his cloak and he ran out of the house. From his pulpit, Morgan asked the congregation whether their Marine leaders could trust each of them with a responsibility as large as that given to Joseph by Potiphar.The worship service was an important respite and opportunity for the CAX warriors to sit in coolness, reflecting on their own leadership abilities in the challenging training conditions of the Mojave Desert. Col. Ronald L. Bailey, MAGTF commander, attended the service and lent his own leadership to the gospel choir. He said when Marines are separated from their home base, family and friends it is important that they have something to fall back on - trust in their leaders, who direct them with a foundation built on God. "I'll do anything I can to take care of Marines," Bailey said. "When you care about their welfare, there are no denominations. I try to give them the opportunity to focus on something they enjoy - that develops pride in their leaders and pride within the organization."Bailey said the Marines have been training hard in a difficult environment, but when they enjoy their surroundings, they get along better, developing teamwork. "That teamwork develops a family and in turn family pride," the St. Augustine, Fla., native said. "When you have pride in your family, you don't want to hurt that family name."A pleased Sattler beamed from the front row as the choir echoed upbeat spirituals reinforcing the sermon's lesson.The MAGTF-2 Desert Chapel ministry team, lead by Lt. Cmdr. Charles "Duke" Quarles, 2nd Marine Regiment chaplain, has kept the MAGTF spiritually refreshed with weekly multi-faith services for both CAX 9 and 10. The Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based warriors will return home following the conclusion of their training mid-September.