The Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) held a graduation for the class of Tactical MAGTF Integration Course (TMIC) 1-15. TMIC is the program of instruction supporting the training of: Ground Combat Element (GCE) Operations Officers, Operations Chiefs, Intelligence Officers, and Intelligence Chiefs. Upon graduation, these Marines receive the title and certification of Operations and Tactics Instructors (OTI) or Intelligence and Tactics Instructors (ITI).
Before the students were recognized, the Commanding Officer of MCTOG, Colonel Craig Wonson, spoke to the Marines, congratulating them on their accomplishment. He stated that this was the fourth TMIC he has observed. Colonel Wonson recognized the high motivation and commitment of the Marines attending this TMIC program of instruction.
Colonel Wonson also took the time to thank the MCTOG staff and the many personnel from various branches of service and throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) who show up to support the training of these Operations and Intelligence Marines. Colonel Wonson noted that the supporting staff spends a lot of time setting up, reviewing feedback, assessing the needs of the operational forces, and modifying the curriculum to provide students with the best possible training product.
The guest of honor for this TMIC graduation was Major General Nicholson, Commanding General of 1st Marine Division. Major General Nicholson began his comments by thanking the staff for providing the education and training Marines need. He then began to discuss the importance of education stating that it’s not the fiscally constrained environment that keeps him awake at night, rather it is the importance of the time and effort the Marine Corps invests in training and educating Marines.
|Major General Nicholson, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, arriving at MCTOG for the graduation of TMIC 1-15.|
Major General Nicholson acknowledged that it is not easy for any command to let Marines leave for several weeks to attend training and education opportunities, especially when there is so much to do at their home stations. In comparing his time as a young officer to today’s young Marines, he noted that his generation paid lip service to training and education, and he applauded the sacrifice commands are making today to ensure their Marines are properly trained and educated to handle the challenges Marines face today. Major General Nicholson also noted that Marines today are facing new challenges, but “we can’t throw out what we’ve learned.”
During the graduation ceremony, three Marines were recognized for their outstanding performance during this course. The Board of Governors of The Marine Corps Association took pleasure in presenting four Marines with the Honor Graduate award in recognition of high, endeavor and superior accomplishments while enrolled in a course of study in professional education prescribed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
In comparing the graduating class to new disciples, Major General Nicholson concluded his remarks by leaving the graduating class with the challenge to go out and teach and train others.