MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO -- The 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway, made his first visit to the depot and Naval Medical Center San Diego as commandant, to share his guidance and vision for the Marine Corps Jan. 18.
Conway, accompanied by his right hand man Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John L. Estrada, spoke with depot Marines and sailors at McDougall Hall here about several facets of the war in Iraq to include: Progress, deployments, time at home and the opportunity for those who have not yet deployed to do so.
The commandant also discussed the Marine Corps’ plan to modernize field equipment, improve barracks life and continue to properly care for wounded warriors.
In addition to coming to share his guidance with the Marines, the commandant also wanted to know what was on their minds. Marines were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and ask questions of their senior leadership before Conway and Estrada departed to visit the Marines and sailors in recovery at NMCSD.
While at NMCSD, Conway and Estrada chatted with the wounded warriors of Marine Medical Holding Platoon, and spent an extra couple minutes posing for photographs with them.
After their short stay in San Diego, the top Marines continued their Marine Corps installations tour to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.