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Civilian leaders and business executives of the Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF) take a familiarization flight aboard MV-22 Ospreys from the Marine Executive Flight Detachment at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Aug. 25, 2023. During MCEF, participants are provided an inside look at the Marine Corps lifestyle and partake in activities, becoming immersed in the culture while engaging with Marines. The forum included a tour of the Pentagon with an open discussion with Marine Corps leadership on the Corps’ key issues and priorities, a live-fire demonstration at the Weapons Field Training Battalion in Quantico, an MV-22 Osprey familiarization flight, a tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and attendance at an Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Karis Mattingly)

Washington, D.C. (September 2, 2023): If you are not one of the few, the proud, it is natural to wonder what life is like for a U.S. Marine. Moreover, many Americans thirst for a deeper understanding of the Corps, its missions and capabilities, and what future programs are planned to keep America free. That is why the Commandant of the Marine Corps created the Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF), a day long program to provide civilian leaders and business executives an opportunity to explore the immense capabilities of America’s premier infantry force. In this photo by Sergeant Karis Mattingly, MCEF participants take a ride on an MV-22 Osprey aircraft operated by the Marine Executive Flight Detachment based at Quantico, Virginia, one of a dozen activities designed to familiarize civilians with the Marine Corps world. Business leaders got the chance to immerse themselves in the daily life of a Marine and to learn more about their key issues and priorities.

The forum included a tour of the Pentagon, a live-fire exercise, and a visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Participants also learned about the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Marines and their core values.

The goal is to strengthen ties between the Marines and civilian leaders from business, academia, sports, and community-based organizations throughout the country. Members of the  MCEF quickly learn that the Corps is made up of ordinary Americans willing to risk their lives to be part of something bigger than themselves. Although the MCEF has concluded for the 2023 season, interested individuals are encouraged to apply for next year’s forum slated to begin in May 2024.(Note: This exclusive program is limited to twenty participants per forum with four events planned for next year.)