Another Iraq veteran, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has a reputation as a badass, is in line to succedd Dunford as commandant. The Corps, apparently, is full of stories about Neller. He might not be Chesty Puller, but he sure as hell sounds like a Marine:
It was a sweaty morning at Rodman Naval Base in Panama. Then-Col. Robert Neller, a visiting regimental commander, was out on a run with troops from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. The company commander, Capt. Jeff Dill, eyed a rise in the distance known affectionately as Suicide Hill, and decided to spare the senior officer and go around it.What I read about this guy indicates he will be a good commandant, which, of course, makes me wonder how the hell he got appointed by the Obama administration. Anyway, good luck, Gen. Neller. Semper Fi.
All of a sudden, he felt Neller breathing in his ear. "How come you didn't go up the hill, captain?" Neller demanded. "You don't have the hair on your ass."
Dill immediately reversed course, eventually reaching the hilltop despite sustaining a number of casualties involving Marines who had overindulged the night before. When the run ended, Neller flashed a grin.
"Good for you, captain," he said that morning in 1998. "You don't back down from a challenge."