The MCRA continues to present the "1stLt Keith Wells" award at each TBS graduation class for excellence in Land Navigation. This award is named after 1stLt. Keith Wells who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the assault on Mt. Suribachi. Part of his citation reads: "by his leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, 1st Lt Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements."
The most recent recipient is 2nd Lt. Matthew G. Guthrie, "F" Company. Matthew is from San Antonio, TX and is a Staff Judge Advocate. He will begin his MOS school this month. During their six months of training, Matthew received 1700 hours of instruction on “the basics”: which included classroom instruction, physical fitness events, land navigation, field exercises, MOUT, and MCMAP training. Throughout the training the instructors focused on five horizontal themes:
- Marine officers must be of exemplary character and integrity
- An officer is devoted to leading Marines 24/7
- Able to decide, communicate, and act in the fog of war
- A warfighter who embraces our Corps warrior ethos
- You are mentally strong and physically tough