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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Camp Lejeune, NC

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A Special Operations Officer (SOO) with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command awaits the signal from the jump master, before exiting the aircraft to conduct a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) training exercise. Marine officers graduating MARSOC’s Individual Training Course will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path. Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while SOOs were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370. The decision now allows SOOs to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander. “By developing a defined career path, the Marine Corps will be better able to retain and sustain the operational experience and capability necessary to meet operational requirements and reinvest special operations talent and experience where it is needed most. Approval of the PMOS also allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.
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Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) graduating MARSOC’s ITC will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path. Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while SOOs were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370. The decision now allows SOOs to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.
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Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) graduating MARSOC’s ITC will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path. Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while SOOs were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370. The decision now allows SOOs to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.
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Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, (MARSOC), gave his remarks during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 27.  Sgt. Maj. Thomas A. Hall Jr., passed his responsibilities as sergeant major of MARSOC to Sgt. Maj. John W. Scott.
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Sergeant Maj. John W. Scott, sergeant major of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, (MARSOC), gave his remarks during his appointment ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 27. “I am humbled and honored to be counted amongst the ranks of MARSOC, I look forward to joining you and adding to its rich legacy,” said Scott.
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Sergeant Maj. Thomas A. Hall Jr., former sergeant major of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, (MARSOC), gives his remarks during his relief and retirement ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 27. “May God continue to bless this great nation, the U.S. Marines, our families and friends, Semper Fidelis Sgt. Maj. Scott,” said Hall.
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Sergeant Maj. Thomas A. Hall Jr., (left), former sergeant major of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, (MARSOC), Sgt. Maj. John W. Scott (middle), sergeant major of MARSOC, and Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark (right), commander of MARSOC, salute the national ensign during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 27.
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Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 17. 

General John M. Paxton, Jr., the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, and Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark, commanding general, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, spoke during the ceremony and then presented the award to Gifford’s wife and children. 

“Acts of extraordinary heroism, those of conspicuous gallantry, are acts that cannot be planned, ordered or demanded. They are acts given fully and willingly by a person without regard to themselves; they are acts done for the man to their left, and the man to their right and for the mission” said Clark. “Today we are here to honor such a man.”
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Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, commanding general, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, presents the Navy Cross citation to the wife of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a team chief with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 17.  Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions while serving with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012. The Navy Cross is the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor.
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General John M. Paxton, Jr., the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, presents the Navy Cross medal to the wife of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a team chief with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 17.  Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions while serving with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012. The Navy Cross is the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor.
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General John M. Paxton, Jr., the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks on the life of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a team chief with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 17. Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions while serving with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012. The Navy Cross is the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor.
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General John M. Paxton, Jr., the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks on the life of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a team chief with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 17. Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions while serving with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012. The Navy Cross is the highest decoration bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor.
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Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Pappas, commanding officer, 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, transfers the noncommissioned officer’s sword to Sgt. Maj. Edwin A. Mota, incoming sergeant major, 2nd MSOB, during a Relief and Appointment Ceremony at the 2nd MSOB headquarters, May 29.
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Sgt. Maj. Tracy A. Linch, outgoing sergeant major of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion renders a salute to Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Pappas, commanding officer, 2nd MSOB, prior to relinquishing his post and transferring the noncommissioned officer’s sword to Sgt. Maj. Edwin A. Mota, incoming sergeant major, 2nd MSOB, during a Relief and Appointment Ceremony at the 2nd MSOB headquarters, May 29.
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U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stephanie L. Walker, commanding officer, 2d Marine Special Operations Support Battalion (2d MSOSB) along with Sgt. Maj. Dardy J. Noonan Sgt Maj. 2d MSOSB, case the unit colors before uncasing the new unit colors during the re-designation ceremony where Marine Special Operations Logistics Battalion was re-designated as 2d MSOSB aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 16, 2014.  The mission of 2d MSOSB is to provide logistics and Combat Service Support (CSS), and to train, equip, organize and provide CSS capabilities to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion deploying in the execution of special operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier)
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Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, decorates Master Sgt. Donovan Petty, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, with the Silver Star Medal following at the MARSOC headquarters, May 12, 2014. Petty's team was engaged by insurgent personnel in Afghanistan when his actions led to the successful capture of a key insurgent leader. “This award isn’t about me; it’s about my team and their collective actions on that day. They should be receiving an award, not me,” said Petty. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Young)
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