Generals: they’re just like us.
Gen. John Paxton may be assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, but a photo snapped surreptitiously outside his home at Marine Barracks Washington shows he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do a little manual labor.
The photo, snapped by Marine Cpl. Anne Marie Trecolis and first featured by Brian Adam Jones on the blog Task and Purpose, shows Paxton in jeans and a black coat, shoveling the walkway outside his home.
Trecolis and a friend, Cpl. Alina Hollis, were walking to lunch outside 8th and I when they spotted Paxton working, without any pomp or ceremony.
In his post, Jones said it was a refreshing sight to see a senior leader who wasn’t above a little menial work:
I love this photo. One of the biggest threats to our military is the god-complex held by senior leaders. It’s what leads commanders to have affairs, to have subordinates feed a friend’s cat for you, or to go on wild adventures in Russia and consort with suspicious women.
It would have been so easy for Paxton to have a lance corporal shovel his driveway In fact, it likely happens every day with other generals.
We like the photo too. What do you think?