CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
More than a dozen students from the Leadership North County class gathered at the Pacific Views Event Center here to learn about Camp Pendleton’s contributions to Southern California, March 21.
This course brings community leaders from the North County region together to increase awareness of local issues and to build working relationships between the base and its surrounding communities.
“The class participants spent an entire day here because Camp Pendleton is a huge economic denominator for this area,” said Anna Fleming, the community liaison for California State University San Marcos.
“The entire day is devoted to an overview of Camp Pendleton and the mission of the base,” said Rose Ingersoll, a school liaison officer here. “Camp Pendleton’s geographic presence in the North County and its large military and civilian workforce are key features in understanding the military character of our region.”
Marine Corps Community Services, Environmental Security and community relations representatives gave a series of presentations to local community leaders.
“I had no idea the base was so inclusive,” said Wendi Brick, the President and CEO of Customer Service Advantage Inc. “It’s like its own city with all the stores, gas stations and activities.”
Four Marines sat on a panel to answer the student’s questions about the military lifestyle.
“My favorite part of the day was the panel. I’m happy that I got to know more about Marines as individuals,” said Brick. “Getting to hear how they got where they are and their plans for the future was great.”
After eating lunch and talking with Marines at the Las Flores Messhall, the group toured the Infantry Immersion Trainer.
Matt Fennell, the operations manager for the facility here, escorted the students through the training areas and explained its functions.
Leila Sackfield, the assistant superintendent for the Escondido Union School District, said the difference between the indoor and outdoor training areas was phenomenal.
“I can’t image how it must be when there’s commotion,” said Sackfield, about seeing the close-quarters combat environment and its limited lighting and visibility.
From there, the class boarded the bus and returned to the Pacific Views Event Center to learn about the opportunities provided for the Marines transitioning back into the civilian workforce.
“Now, I appreciate how much they train, develop people and how much the military is a career for troops,” said Brick.
Visit the Leadership North County
website for more information on this course.
Contact Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at email@example.com