Words of Wisdom | ACMC Gen. Glenn M. Walters Retirement

Updated : Sep 10, 2019 in Articles

Words of Wisdom | ACMC Gen. Glenn M. Walters Retirement

The proudest thing that ever happened in my life was when GySgt. Lee gave me my first
salute when I got commissioned. Out of The Citadel, and I try to live up to
what his expectations of me were. What we learn at OCS and at boot camp … I think the
most valuable lesson is how to be resilient. Get up when you’ve been knocked down. One setback is only a setback if you let it be, and if you make it a short duration
setback then you’ll advance more. If you let it keep you down, then you’re not advancing. I tell the commanders in the
commander’s course, there’s only really two pieces of advice I’m going to give you. Number one: go read your IG checklist. Find out what you’re responsible for or what you
could be graded on and go do your own task. And then if you find a flaw go fix it, objectively. And then the second is go find
someone that doesn’t look like you and sit down have a long conversation. You’ll learn something. And then let that individual know that
they have a open door to your office, that they can come in and tell you
when you’re getting slightly off track, so you can stay on true north. That feedback I think is invaluable. I’ve had some few things I’m very
proud of. One was, you know, VMX-22 and kind of getting the V-22 back on track. And testing that thing and setting
ourselves up for success. I’m very proud of that. And that brings a new capability, a revolutionary
capability to the Marine Corps. So I’m very proud of that. I’m proud of having commanded Marines
in combat and I’m proud of that. But if I ever had to have a legacy,
if I had to choose a legacy that I think is going to be hopefully the most impactive
to the one organization that I love, the Marine Corps, it’s the work we do in the Task
Force and Talent Management because I truly think … because that’s that’s
the morally and ethically right thing to do. I think if you remember what you learned
here, whether you spend four or forty years, if you remember it, and practice it, and believe in it,
it will carry you on for the rest of your life. It’ll make you much more successful. The Marine Corps is full of characters,
but great leaders and great friendships, so I think if you take that away when you leave you’ll be a better person for it and be successful in life.


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