I wasn’t the best at rolling sleeves in my time, wasn’t the worst either, probably right around the middle of the pack. Leading that pack from Guatemala, though, is their marine corps commandant. Seriously, those rolls are so sharp, they probably outmatch half the Marines in the Corps.
Col. Medardo Monterroso Suarez is so pumped about U.S. Marines training his troops that he not only wants to completely adopt their doctrine, but apparently their uniform presentation as well.
Recently, we sent Marine Corps Times reporter Gina Harkins and staff photographer Mike Morones down into the heart of Central America to cover the Marine Corps’ contribution to fighting the drug war. There, they visited Marine outposts in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
All the troops were enthusiastic about the opportunity to train with Marines, including Monterroso Suarez .
“We’re a newborn force and we have our own doctrine, but it’s still very important for us to get the experience and expertise from the other forces that have learned it through operations,” he told Harkins. “We recognize the tradition and prestige of the American Marine Corps.”