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The Sergeant Walter K. Singleton Distinguished Lecture Series


In December 1999, The Sergeant Walter K. Singleton Distinguished Lecture Series was established at the Marine Corps University in honor of the late Sergeant Walter K. Singleton, USMC. Sergeant Singleton was killed in action in Vietnam and was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. The purpose of the lecture series is to broaden the leadership perspective of the Corps’ future leaders attending the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Distinguished combat veterans are featured guests of this annual series. Each year members of the Singleton Family come to visit Quantico and to hear the Guest Speaker. Sergeant Major Justin LeHew, USMC, Sergeant Major for Training and Education Command, was the Guest Speaker for 2014.


The Singleton Family at the Home of the Commandants


BGen Tom Draude, SgtMaj Justin LeHew, SgtMaj Darryl Cherry


The General Graves B. Erskine Distinguished Lecture Series


The Erskine Lecture Series was established at the Education Center, now the Marine Corps University, in February 1984, in honor of the


late General Graves B. Erskine who, as one of the foremost proponents of education for servicemen, was instrumental in the development of modern Marine Corps Professional Military Education. General Erskine’s military career is an integral part of the Corps’ history. He fought at Belleau Wood and St. Mihiel, planned the seizure at Tarawa, accompanied assault forces at Saipan and Tinian, and commanded the 3d Marine Division during the battle of Iwo Jima. Between World Wars, he served in Haiti, Santa Domingo, Nicaragua and China as well as several Marine Corps Bases in the United States. Affectionately known as the “Big E”, General Erskine was an instructor at The Basic School and the Senior Course, which was later designated the Command and Staff College. This year’s guest speaker was Mr. Kenneth G. Langone, Co-Founder of the Home Depot Stores and CEO of Invemed Associates, LLC.


Mr. Ken Langone


The Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture


The annual Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture is co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation and Marine Corps University Foundation. This year’s lecture was WWI and the Lessons for Today by Dr. Victor D. Hanson at the Heritage Foundation Allison Auditorium. It was a wonderful discussion on past lessons and how/if we have learned from them with a question and answer period and a reception afterward. If you missed this terrific opportunity and would like to hear the lecture, you may view at www.heritage.org/events/2014/06/mcginley-lecture.


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