R 120026Z DEC 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2021 CORNERSTONE: THE COMMANDANTS COMBINED COMMANDERSHIP COURSE//
POC/MCU/PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS/TEL: DSN 432-2134, COMM (703) 784-2134 OR (703) 784-9753/EMAIL: MCU_LLI@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation. President, Marine Corps University (MCU), as executive agent for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, conducts commanders and sergeants major programs along with a spouses workshop. Attendance is mandatory for commanders and sergeants major either prior to or shortly after arriving at their new command. Attendance for spouses, while not required, is encouraged. Marines must register for The Commandants Combined Commandership Course (Cornerstone) by 1 February 2021.
2. Mission. MCU conducts the Cornerstone Course at the MCU Campus aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA in order to prepare board-selected commanders, sergeants major, and their respective spouses for the challenges of command.
3.A. Commanders Intent
3.A.1. Purpose. To inform commanders, sergeants major and their spouses of the programs, and practices that contribute to a successful command tour, as well as receive information briefs from senior Marine Corps leaders about the current direction of the Marine Corps.
3.A.2. Method. The program will address the demands and challenges of command at large, with opportunities to focus on communities of interest, while providing time for mentoring and cross talk. The program will emphasize the art and science of command as appropriate for each grade, with leadership, critical thinking, and unit readiness providing the basic foundations for instruction. The curriculum maximizes the use of small-group guided discussions with current and former commanders, sergeants major, and their spouses in order to permit a frank exchange of observations, ideas, and methods.
3.A.3. End State. Command team members are aware of the tools, resources and best practices to further prepare them to meet the unique challenges of command.
3.B. Concept of Operations. Cornerstone is a two-week program, involving combined training opportunities for commanders and sergeants major. The spouses workshop runs concurrently during the second week. Spouses receive combined training with their Marines and spouse-specific curriculum. Course dates are as follows: Cornerstone 21-2, 12 - 23 April 2021 and 21-3, 20 September - 1 October 2021.
3.B.1. Cornerstone Fiscal Year (FY) 21-2
3.B.1.A. Commanders will travel on 11 April 2021, check in at the Gray Research Center (GRC), MCU from 0630-0730 on 12 April 2021, and execute return travel no earlier than (NET) 1230 23 April 2021.
3.B.1.B. Sergeants major will travel on 10 April 2021, check in at the College of Enlisted Military Education (CEME) building, MCU, NLT 1100 on 11 April 2021 and execute return travel NET 1230 on 23 April 2021.
3.B.1.C. Spouses will execute travel on 18 April 2021, check in at GRC NLT 0730 on 19 April 2021 with spouses workshop coordinators and execute return travel NET 1230 on 23 April 2021.
3.B.2. Cornerstone FY21-3
3.B.2.A. Commanders will travel on 19 September 2021, check in at
the GRC, MCU from 0630-0730 on 20 September 2021, and execute return travel NET 1230 1 October 2021.
3.B.2.B. Sergeants major will travel on 18 September 2021, check in at the CEME building, MCU, NLT 1100 on 19 September 2021 and execute return travel NET 1230 on 1 October 2021.
3.B.2.C. Spouses will execute travel on 26 September 2021, check in at GRC NLT 0730 on 27 September 2021 with Spouses Workshop coordinators and execute return travel NET 1230 on 1 October 2021.
3.C. Coordinating Instructions
3.C.1. Eligibility. Command slated colonels, lieutenant colonels, lieutenant colonel (selects), and sergeants major selected on the FY21 promotion board, as well as United States Navy equivalents identified by Manpower Management Officer Assignments are directed to attend the program. Spouses of eligible attendees are authorized to attend the spouses workshop at the government expense.
3.C.2.A. Quotas are as follows: A maximum of 30 colonel-level commanders, 80 lieutenant colonel-level commanders, and 40 sergeants major per course. Spouses are limited at 60 total per course, and will attend the course to which their respective Marines are slated. Marines will be evenly distributed between the two Cornerstone iterations. Course selection is on a first come, first served basis, until one iteration is full or until registration closes on 1 February 2021. At that point, selected Marines who have not yet registered will be assigned to the remaining slots by the Lejeune Leadership Institute (LLI).
3.C.2.B. Registering. Go to The Commandants Combined Commandership Course site, https:(slant)(slant)www.usmcu.edu/Academic-Programs/Lejeune-Leadership-Institute/Commandants-Combined-Commandership-Course/, and follow the appropriate link to complete your registration form. Once complete, send your form to MCU_LLI@usmc.mil. LLI will register all attendees (active and reserve component) into the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS) to generate individual funding letters. Follow-on instructions will be provided to attendees upon registration.
4. Administration and Logistics
4.A. All attendees shall travel on reporting orders. Orders are the responsibility of the attendees parent command. Defense Travel System (DTS) generated orders will suffice.
4.B. Funding and Travel
4.B.1. Active Component. Training and Education Command (TECOM) Formal Schools Training Support will fund travel and per diem to include lodging, meals, and incidental expenses for active component attendees. Local travel will not be funded. LLI will submit requests for funding to TECOM upon closing of the registration period. Attendees must include their funding letters in their travel authorizations. Individual funding letters can be found in MCTIMS, under course code M02L9L0. TECOM funding will not open until 30 days prior to course start. LLI cannot provide customer service for active or reserve duty members traveling on TECOM funded orders. For travel questions or concerns, please contact the TECOM travel helpdesk at email@example.com.
4.B.2. Spouses of Active Component. Travel, meals, and incidental expenses for spouses of active duty attendees is authorized and will be funded by MCU. Spouses will not receive lodging since their active duty spouse will receive lodging funding from TECOM. Local travel will not be funded. Active duty Marines must create an invitational travel order for their spouse under the service members DTS profile in order to properly process travel. Select the Line of Accounting (LOA) Label 21 Spouse Prog. Method of payment for commercial airlines must use Central Billing Account. After completing travel, spouses must sign a paper copy of a DD Form 1351-2 that must be uploaded to the voucher in substantiating documents. Without this document, the voucher will not be processed.
4.B.3. Billeting. Government billeting is directed. The government lodging facility aboard Quantico is Liversedge Hall and can be reached at (703) 630-4444. Travelers must contact Liversedge Hall to inquire about lodging prior to making reservations elsewhere. If Liversedge cannot accommodate your reservation, travelers must obtain a statement of non-availability (SNA) prior to making other lodging arrangements. A SNA is required from Liversedge Hall for anyone staying in the Crossroads Inn or in any off-base lodging. If a SNA is issued, travelers are directed to book commercial lodging through DTS.
4.B.4. Transportation. Attendees must use the most cost effective General Service Administration City Pair Fare when arranging air transportation. Rental vehicles will not be funded by TECOM. Attendees must account for the course ending at 1230 when arranging return transportation.
4.C. Reserve Component
4.C.1. Marine Corps Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) G-3 Training will fund all Reserve Marines designated to attend the Cornerstone Course. Funding requests are submitted as follows:
4.C.1.A. For Selected Marine Corps Reserve and Individual Mobilization Augmentee Marine attendees, provide a copy of the MCU notification of registration letter or email to the parent organizations administration section for action. Unit administrators will use the Marine Reserve Order Writing System to generate orders as appropriate. Funding information as follows: Order Type: Schools. Sub Type: Professional Military Education. If required, select “Other” from the drop-down menu and enter FY21 Cornerstone: Commandants Combined Commandership Course. Program Identifiers (PID): Career Development Training (CDT) Command. Force Funding Source: For the funding source section, select PID, CDT, Budget Execution Activity, Budget Execution Sub-Activity G-3/MR.
4.C.1.B. For Active Reserve Marine attendees, provide a copy of the MCU notification of registration letter or email to the parent organizations administration section for action. Unit administrators will ensure the cross organizational worksheet for DTS LOA is submitted to the MARFORRES G-3 Training organizational mailbox at MFRG3TRAINING@usmc.mil.
4.C.1.C. Spouses of Selected Marine Corps Reserves (SMCR) Marine attendees.
4.C.1.C.1. MARFORRES G-3 Training will fund all spouses of SMCR Marine attendees.
4.C.1.C.2. Unit administrators will generate the Invitational Travel Authorization in DTS.
4.C.2. MARFORRES Formal Schools will address any travel or DTS related questions for Reserve component attendees or spouses of a reserve component attendee. Direct all inquiries to MFRG3TRAINING@usmc.mil or call 504-697-7302.
5. Command and Signal
5.A. Command Relationships. President, MCU serves as the on-scene commander.
5.B. Signal. Questions or concerns in regard to the contents of this Marine Administrative Message can be directed to the MCU Points of Contact (POC).
6. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//