Communication Directorate plans, coordinates, and implements communication strategies designed to build understanding, credibility, trust, and mutually beneficial relationships with the domestic and foreign publics on whom the Marine Corps' success or failure ultimately depends.
Communication Directorate serves as a liaison between Marines and the public. It facilitates the instantaneous flow of information that is generated through the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet and cellular communications.
Communication Strategy (COMMSTRAT) Marines must be trained, equipped and postured to serve the Force Commanders as they execute their duties in keeping Marines and the American people informed of what is happening on the battlefield as well as aboard Marine Corps bases.
To accomplish their mission, COMMSTRAT Marines must have a sound understanding of the organization, tactics and equipment used in war and other conflicts. They must be ingrained within the Commander's battle staff and must train side-by-side with the warfighting units. In peacetime and in war, the COMMSTRAT mission is to inform America's citizens about what their Marines are doing.
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Nicole Mann, Space X Crew 5 Mission Commander, leads a group of scientists aboard spacecraft Dragon Endurance on a six-month mission to the International Space Station, October 5, 2022. This will be Mann's first space flight since becoming an astronaut in 2013, she is also the first Marine woman to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and become mission commander of Space X Crew 5. As mission commander she will be responsible all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry. She will serve as Expedition 68 flight engineer aboard the station.
The IWX is a bi-annual, multinational exercise designed to educate and train military service members with synthetic real-world scenarios to accomplish operations in the information environment.
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego conduct the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 18, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour training exercise that validates the physical, mental and moral training they’ve endued throughout recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Max J. Noel)
Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, pays tribute to the service and sacrifices of the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives during the August 26th, 2021 bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Afghanistan. One year ago today, the United States deployed U.S. service members to HKIA as part of Operations Allies Refuge and Allies Welcome, evacuating nearly 130,000 people out of Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Aaron S. Patterson)
BGen. Anthony M. Henderson, Deputy Director, Joint Strategic Planning, J5, Joint Staff, reflects on his grandfather's legacy as an original Montford Point Marine July 7, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps video by SSgt John Martinez).
Following a training incident, the Marine Corps has adjusted Amphibious Combat Vehicle waterborne operations guidance; ceasing water operations involving surf zone transit to allow for additional testing and evaluation.
More than 1,000 students are now taking courses with the U.S. Naval Community College. Each of these Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen is taking courses in pursuit of associate degrees in military studies, nuclear engineering technology, or cybersecurity.
Marine Corps Col. Nicole Mann successfully launched into space from Kennedy Space Center today, making history as the Corps’ first woman to lead a National Aeronautics and Space Administration space flight. Mann was the first woman from the Marine Corps to join NASA in 2013 and become a mission commander of SpaceX Crew-5.
Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicles are authorized to return to open ocean waterborne operations following the establishment of interim guidance to enhance operational safety when conducting ACV training.
The Marine Corps is implementing changes to BCP after a year-long study.