It may be news to some, but I have officially been appointed as Sergeant Major of VMA 214, the Black Sheep squadron. The relief and appointment ceremony took place a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been running around with my hair on fire ever since.
There was some speculation among both enlisted and officers alike how their new SgtMaj was going to respond to life in the wing as they had all gotten the word I’ve spent my career on the infantry side of things. Mostly I’ve been wandering around the hangar pointing at things asking: “What in the world is that?” and “What the hell does that mean?”
The first week I was here I walked by a door marked “SEAT SHOP.” For a moment I wondered what the acronym SEAT stood for, then opened the door to find Marines working on an actual seat from a Harrier. Who knew?
This week I came across the Stab Roster and thought it may very well be the most awesome thing I had ever seen in the Marine Corps. Then someone kindly informed me it meant “stabilization roster.” I tried to be nonchalant as I put my knife away.
So there are some new things to learn as I immerse myself into the air wing subculture, but I find the Marines remain the same as they have everywhere else I’ve been stationed. They’ve volunteered to do things others are unwilling or unable to do and the Black Sheep do it well.
I haven’t yet felt the need to threaten anyone with a tomahawk but then again, my household goods shipment hasn’t arrived yet either.