Beginning this week, Rattle Rattle will present “Behind the Cover,” a brief look at what’s inside the print edition of Marine Corps Times.
We start that feature today with a rather obvious cover story on newsstands this week: A look at your next Marine Corps commandant.
As first reported by Marine Corps Times sister publication Defense News, Gen. James Amos, the current assistant commandant, has been selected by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to lead the Marine Corps after Gen. James Conway retires this fall. The Associated Press reported that he interviewed with President Barack Obama for the job on Thursday.
That’s common knowledge at this point, but we’ve taken it a step farther, diving into the rationale for selecting what will be the first ever aviator to lead the Marine Corps. We also explore the general’s rise through the Corps and his leadership style, speaking with numerous sources who have worked with him while he served as a general officer.
One fun fact I’ll share here: Amos graduated from the University of Idaho in 1970.
That’s his photo in the university’s 1967 yearbook to the left.