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MSGID/GENADMIN/CG EDCOM PRES MCU QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2023 CORNERSTONE: THE COMMANDANT’S COMBINED COMMANDERSHIP COURSE//
POC/MCU/PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS/TEL: COMM 703-784-9753 or 703-784-2134/EMAIL: MCU_LLI@USMCU.EDU//
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 Commandant’s Combined Commandership Course (Cornerstone) by 30 September 2022 to attend 23-1 and by 31 March 2023 for 23-2.
2. Mission. MCU conducts the Cornerstone Course at the MCU campus aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, VA in order to prepare board selected commanders, sergeants major, and their respective spouses for the challenges of command.
3.A. Commander's Intent
3.A.1. Purpose. To inform commanders, recruiting station commanding officers, 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, recruiting station commanding officers, 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 23-1, 17-28 October 2022 and 23-2, 17-28 April 2023.
3.B.1. Cornerstone 23-1
3.B.1.A. Commanders will travel on 16 October 2022, check in at the Gray Research Center (GRC) MCU between 0700-0730 on 17 October 2022, and execute return travel NET 1630 28 October 2022.
3.B.1.B. Sergeants major will travel on 16 October 2022, check in at the GRC MCU between 0700-0730 on 17 October 2022, and execute return travel NET 1630 28 October 2022.
3.B.1.C. Fiscal Year (FY)23 Recruiting Station Commanding Officers (RSCO) will travel 22 October 2022, check in at Warner Auditorium between 0700-0730 on 24 October 2022 and execute return travel NET 1630 on 28 October 2022.
3.B.1.D. Spouses will execute travel on 22 October 2022, check in at GRC NLT 0730 on 24 October 2022 with spouses workshop coordinators, and execute return travel NET 1630 on 28 October 2022.
3.B.1.E. Exceptions to the above travel dates for OCONUS participants is permitted.
3.B.2. Cornerstone 23-2
3.B.2.A. Commanders will travel on 16 April 2023, check in at the GRC MCU between 0700-0730 on 17 April 2023, and execute return travel NET 1630 28 April 2023.
3.B.2.B. Sergeants major will travel on 16 April 2023, check in at the GRC MCU between 0700-0730 on 17 April 2023, and execute return travel NET 1630 28 April 2023.
3.B.2.C. FY23 RSCOs will travel 22 April 2022, check in at Warner Auditorium between 0700-0730 on 24 April 2022, and execute return travel NET 1630 on 28 April 2022.
3.B.2.D. Spouses will execute travel on 22 April 2022, check in at GRC NLT 0730 on 24 April 2022 with Spouses Workshop coordinators, and execute return travel NET 1630 on 28 April 2022.
3.B.2.E. Exceptions to the above travel dates for OCONUS participants is permitted.
3.C. Coordinating Instructions
3.C.1. Eligibility. Command slated colonels, lieutenant colonels, lieutenant colonel (selects), and sergeants major selected on the FY 2023 promotion board, as well as U.S. Navy equivalents identified by Manpower Management Division Officer Assignments are directed to attend the program. RSCOs selected on the FY23 board are eligible to attend the second week of Cornerstone. Spouses of eligible attendees are authorized to attend the spouses workshop at government expense.
3.C.2.A. Quotas are as follows: A maximum of 40 colonel level commanders, 100 lieutenant colonel level commanders, 10 RSCOs, and 60 sergeants major per course. Spouses are limited to 60 total per course, and will attend the course to which their respective Marines are slated. Spouses of O6 level sergeants major who wish to attend are expected to serve as facilitators for the Spouses Workshop. 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. At that point, selected Marines who have not yet registered will be contacted by the Lejeune Leadership Institute(LLI).
3.C.2.B. Registering. Go to The Commandant’s Combined Commandership Course site, https:(slash)(slash)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@USMCU.EDU. LLI will register all attendees (active and reserve component) in 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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 member’s DTS profile in order to properly process travel. Directions on how to properly create and submit spouse authorizations and vouchers will be provided via separate correspondence.
4.B.3. Billeting. Government billeting is directed. The government lodging facility aboard Quantico is Liversedge Hall, (703) 630-4444, and 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 and travelers must utilize their unit LOA for rental vehicles. 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 (SMCR) 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: PME. If required, select “Other” from the drop down menu and enter FY 2023 Cornerstone: Commandant’s 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 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. Direct any travel or DTS related questions for Reserve component attendees or spouses of a reserve component attendee 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).
5.C. For Occupational Field specific Commander’s Courses, please reference the following information and POCs.
5.C.1. GCE Commander’s Courses for FY 23: 1-23 reports 3 October 2022 and ends 7 October 2022. 2-23 reports 20 March 2023 and ends 24 March 2023. Attendees are requested to email MCTOG’s S3 at PLMS_MCTOG_S-3@USMC.MIL to register. Additional questions should be directed to Lieutenant Colonel Rudyard Olmstead at email@example.com or Gunnery Sergeant Oryan McNeal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5.C.2. MCLOG will host the annual Logistics Commanders Course (LCC) 21-23 March 2023 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The LCC is designed to cover topics unique to readiness, training, and leadership of logistics units. It is open to slated and current Logistics Combat Element colonel and lieutenant colonel commanders. Attendees are requested to email MCLOG's student services at email@example.com to register. The registration deadline is 16 February 2023. The LCC is unit funded. Additional coordinating instructions will be provided via separate correspondence. The POC for the LCC are Major Antonio Cillo, MCLOG Operations Officer, at 760-830-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org; and Lieutenant Colonel Derek George, MCLOG Executive Officer, at email@example.com or 760-830-0458.
5.C.3. Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) will host the annual Commanders Course/Re-Black on 6-8 December 2022 at MAWTS-1, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The Commanders Course is conducted over two days (6-7 December) and is designed to update current and prospective aviation and aviation support commanders on manning, tactics, and equipment relevant to Marine aviation as a whole. Re-Black is a one day conference (8 December) that is conducted at the conclusion of the Commanders Course, and is designed to update aviation leaders and Weapons and Tactics Instructors on current threats, emerging technologies, and evolving tactics within specific communities. Commanders Course and Re-Black are open to slated and current command colonels and lieutenant colonels. Re-Black is also open to all Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor graduates. Attendees are required to register online at https:(slant)(slant)hcs.usmc.mil/sites/mawts1/Conferences/Lists/Reblack/Commander Conference Reblack.aspx. The registration deadline is 1 December 2022. The Commander Conference and Re-Black are unit funded. Additional coordinating instructions will be provided via Automated Message Handling System (AMHS). The POC is Major Daniel Abney, MAWTS-1 Academics Officer, at (928) 269-2643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Release authorized by Brigadier General Maura M. Hennigan, President, Marine Corps University.//