By Debbie Gregory.
By all accounts, billionaire inventor Elon Musk appeared to be nervous when he took elite Marines by surprise.
Musk was warmly welcomed at the 1st Marine Raider Battalion Ball where he rubbed shoulders with elite Marines under the command of Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the Marine Corps’ expeditionary force.
Musk shared some lessons from Silicon Valley, among them was to question authority…which perhaps was a lesson that didn’t resonate with this particular crowd.
“You’re in the wrong room for that, sir,” one Marine in attendance joked.
The SpaceX and Tesla founder was honored with the first piece of birthday cake, which reportedly was served to Musk from the end of the commanding officer’s sword.
As the guest of honor, Musk delivered the opening statement.
“I wanted to come and speak to this group because whenever there’s danger in the world, you all are the first to go and die.”
Musk’s companies are very involved in the veteran community, and have veteran hiring initiatives, as well as great support for their veteran employees.
MARSOC, a relatively new command compared to other special operations groups, was founded in 2006 to integrate Marines into the special operations community. MARSOC’S stated mission is to recruit, train, sustain, and deploy scalable, expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command.
MARSOC equips and trains Marines to succeed in austere conditions against a wide range of adversaries, and executes complex, distributed operations in uncertain environments, achieving silent success and strategic impact.
MARSOC Raiders are a proven special operations force. Approximately 120 applicants graduate from its individual training course each year.