Ordinary Marines. Extraordinary Lives.

Marine Corps Emblem From the Editor
Marine Corps Emblem

< Previous Editorial

 Next Editorial >


3B5B0807.JPG (13748 bytes)Mentoring, Interrupted - LtCol John Monahan

CorpsStories Spring 2004 Editorial

I have a fledgling publication that is completely dependant upon my receiving great mentoring.

And when for instance, one of those mentors seemingly suddenly decides to retire from the Marine Corps to give his family geographical stability – it rocks my professional cage, or cottage actually.

Lt. Col. John Monahan will retire from his post as Inspector Instructor for the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division sometime this spring.

I met him the day he arrived at the 25th Marines, nearly three years ago. Despite knowing beforehand that he was going into a press interview, he barked my head off. We've been close professional associates ever since.

So now I'll need to figure out whom to call when I need an interview subject to inspire my readers.

When I want an idea for a positive news story for the local paper.

When I've hit a dead-end on an effort to bring another Marine the recognition he deserves.

When I need consolation because some piece of my writing has served more as a boat bumper than a lighthouse.

When I need to be reminded that it matters to fine Marines when I've opted for assured integrity rather than the editor's pleasure.

I'm guessing God feels I'm getting my sea-legs.

All the same John, fair winds and following seas to you, Marcela and your now eight beloved children.

Meriwether Ball, Editor in Chief,

God, Marines and the Media
CorpsStories 1st Annual Editorial
(Memorial Day, 2003)
Remembering the
Silent Memoriams

(Christmas 2003)
Mentoring, Interrupted
LtCol John Monahan
(Spring 2004)
Star Arising
John Pappas
(Summer 2004)
Son of Abraham
LtCol Asad Khan
(January 2005)
So Long For Now
The Loss of My Marine
David J. Eden

3rd Annual Editorial
(Memorial Day 2005)
God's Gift to
Marine Photojournalism

Todd Heisler,
Rocky Mtn. News

(Winter 2006)
Christians and Others:
There is a Line

(Summer 2006)
The Gravity of LCpl.
Lance Graham:
A Case for

(November 10, 2006)
Angels Under
Marine Liaisons

(Spring 2007)
Letter to Jesus
5th Annual Editorial
(Memorial Day 2007)
Gen. Pete Pace:
Icon of Marines

(September 2007)