When you see the Southern Cross for the first time,
You understand now why you came this way.
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small.
But it's as big as the promise, the promise of another day.
- Stephen Stills
The Southern Cross, also known as the Crux, resonates with us for many reasons. It’s why we chose the name and its depiction on our logo.
As a United States Marine Raider, the Southern Cross adorns the Marine Special Operators insignia – the Marine Corps uniform device issued to Marines who have endured the grueling assessment, selection, and training pipeline designed to qualify special operations Marines. It also graces our many unit insignia, flags, and patches.
It’s there to remind today’s Raiders of the honor, courage, and commitment embodied by the Raiders who came before us. Almost immediately after activation in 1942, Marine Raiders found themselves at war in the Pacific, fighting gallantly underneath the stars of the Southern Cross – at Guadalcanal, the Makin Atoll, and Solomon Islands.
It’s there to remind today’s Raiders of our duty to maintain that reputation and to keep their honor clean.
It’s there to give us all an example of what teamwork – true interdependent collaboration – can achieve.
The Southern Cross also represents a beacon – one illuminating a path toward discovery. Despite its size, the smallest of all 88 constellations, the Southern Cross serves as a beneficial marker toward the south celestial pole. Used since the early 16th century, it guided European navigators who explored the southern territories under its brilliance. More than 500 years later, the Southern Cross still guides crews toward destinations new – both literal and metaphoric.
We would love to learn more about you and your organization. Learn more about our leadership development workshops and coaching programs here. To illuminate your path.
Tuck Next Step, Dartmouth College (April '21)
Executive Certificate Leadership, University of Notre Dame
MS Strategic Leadership, University of Charleston
18 Years Applied Leadership, United States Marine Corps
Facilitator, The Submarine Way Leadership Program
Resilience-Building Leadership Professional - Trainer
Gallup Successful Strengths Coach
Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Friend, Listener