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By: Joseph Kerke

I had just reported aboard B-1/10 at GTMO in December 1973, newly graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Officer Course at Fort Sill. We were a composite battery down there, 105mm and 155mm howitzers. I was the billet of105mm howitzer platoon commander. We had just completed my first FIREX when I gave the command “MARCH ORDER” No one moved. I was stunned, and thinking what now lieutenant! Then my platoon sergeant gave me a nod and yelled out “CSMO”, and as any Marine 08 knows, the platoon was a blur of movement. Lesson learned.

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Michael VonTungeln - June 29, 2020

Officially, it’s “Close station march order.” Unofficially it’s “collect shi* and move out.”

Roger Green - June 29, 2020

Uh, to us Non-Cannon Cockers, what is “CSMO”???

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