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4th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

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Col. John A. Bolt
Colonel John A. Bolt
Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Corps District
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4th Marine Corps District hosts change of command 4th Marine Corps District hosts change of command

By Cpl. Nicholas S. Ranum | July 11, 2014

Col. Terence D. Trenchard relinquished command of the 4th Marine Corps District to Col. John A. Bolt during a change of command ceremony at the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pa., July 10.  A change of command ceremony is used when one commanding officer is due to be replaced by another. The orders telling the two Marine MORE
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RS Ricmond’s newest Officer Selection Station completes historic first contract RS Ricmond’s newest Officer Selection Station completes historic first contract

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | July 11, 2014

In a historic moment, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station Richmond’s newest Officer Selection Station in Norfolk, Virginia, contracted their first officer candidate July 7.  Jamie Gastrich, a 20-year-old native of Richmond, Virginia, became the first officer candidate to sign a contract in the Norfolk, Virginia, officer selection station.  “It is MORE
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Barberton native loses 100 pounds in hopes of becoming Marine Barberton native loses 100 pounds in hopes of becoming Marine

By Sgt. T.M. Stewman | July 02, 2014

Last spring,  Steven Chaney walked into a Marine Corps recruiting office and said that he wanted to be a Marine. Standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 355 pounds, it would be easy to assume that the recruiters would not take him seriously. They did however, and helped him begin a journey that would change his life forever.  Chaney, a native of MORE
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Marine completes four-year odyssey to join Marine Corps Marine completes four-year odyssey to join Marine Corps

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | July 02, 2014

Pvt. Katherine L. Palacio’s love for the Marine Corps is infections. With every word and action she has proven herself loyal to the Corps’ core values of honor, courage and commitment, and has shown her unending perseverance.  For the past four years, Palacio has fought for her place among the few, the proud, and she has finally earned it. On June MORE
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Huntsville Marine takes reigns at Recruiting Station Louisville Huntsville Marine takes reigns at Recruiting Station Louisville

By Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Miller | July 02, 2014

After capping off a successful tour in one of the Marine Corps’ most demanding duties, Maj. Scott Stephan relinquished his post as commanding officer of Recruiting Station Louisville, 4th Marine Corps District, to incoming commanding officer, Maj. Donald Hotchkiss, in a change of command ceremony held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs MORE
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Marines conduct leadership seminar with Parkersburg HS Football Team Marines conduct leadership seminar with Parkersburg HS Football Team

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | June 25, 2014

The Parkersburg High School football team, known as “The Big Reds” received a boost after they received a visit from the Marines during a leadership seminar conducted June 20 at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia.         The seminar, conducted by Marines from Recruiting Station Charleston, consisted of a morning classroom MORE
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North Carolina Marine walks with his high school graduating class after finishing school early North Carolina Marine walks with his high school graduating class after finishing school early

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | June 20, 2014

“Andrew Dwayne Morris,” said the speaker as Pvt. Andrew D. Morris walked across the stage to receive his high school diploma. Once he crossed the stage, he removed his navy blue cap and gown to reveal his dress blue bravo uniform. The crowd erupted into applause to show support for the Southwest High School graduate who worked tirelessly to MORE
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Major Megan McClung Leadership Award presented to former Parris Island Drill Instructor Major Megan McClung Leadership Award presented to former Parris Island drill instructor

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | June 19, 2014

More than 1,500 military women gathered at the only event in the United States dedicated to providing service women with professional development through networking, education, and mentorship from all five Armed Services during the Sea Service Leadership Association’s annual Joint Leadership Symposium in Norfolk, Va. June 12.  During the symposium, MORE
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Michigan, Ohio Marine poolees, recruiters team build during annual pool function

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | June 04, 2014

More than 350 Recruiting Station Detroit Marines and poolees from across the 14,000-square miles of southeastern Michigan and western Ohio participated in an annual pool function at Lake Erie Metropark May 3.  For poolees this was an opportunity to put their physical and mental strength to the test and build camaraderie within their recruiting MORE
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Lakeland High School student receives Marine Corps NROTC scholarship Lakeland High School student receives Marine Corps NROTC scholarship

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | June 03, 2014

Recruiting Station Detroit, on behalf of the U. S. Marine Corps, presented a Howell, Mich., area high school student with a $150,000 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship, during a ceremony at Lakeland High School May 22.  Kyle Moore, a student at Lakeland High School, accepted the scholarship presented by Staff Sgt. Derek Hilbert, a MORE
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Our Community Salutes recognizes future Marines Our Community Salutes recognizes future Marines

By Sgt. Amber Williams | June 03, 2014

Twenty-eight future Marines were recognized at the Our Community Salutes’ Northern Virginia Chapter high school senior recognition ceremony for their commitment to serve the U.S. Marine Corps at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., May 29.  Our Community Salutes was founded in southern New Jersey in 2009 and has since spread throughout the MORE
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Marine Corps Quantico Band performs with Elyria High School band Marine Corps Quantico Band performs with Elyria High School band

By Sgt. T.M. Stewman | June 02, 2014

The Marine Corps Quantico Band recently visited northeast Ohio, where they performed at the Cleveland International Tattoo at Playhouse Square May 17. Not to be confused with getting ink permanently written on the skin, a tattoo in this case refers to what was once known as a military drum performance. Over the years, it has come to mean general MORE
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RS Frederick presents Semper Fi All-American sertificate Chancellor High School senior receives US Marine Corps football certificate

By Sgt. Amber Williams | June 02, 2014

Every year, the Marine Corps invites less than 100 of the best high school football players to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Steven Moss, a senior at Chancellor High School, was on the list and he accepted.  Moss has been playing football since he was 13 years old, but this was his last game as a high school player. Moss was MORE
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Ashland, Ky. native receives $150,000 NROTC Marine Option Scholarship Ashland, Ky. native receives $150,000 NROTC Marine Option Scholarship

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | June 02, 2014

Joseph Hupp, an Ashland, Ky. native and a senior at Boyd County High School, was awarded a $150,000 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Marine Option Scholarship during a ceremony at Boyd County High School May 29. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and will pay for some of his books, as well as providing a small living stipend.  Hupp MORE
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‘America’s War Horse’ SSgt. Reckless honored, remembered at Triple Crown race ‘America’s War Horse’ SSgt. Reckless honored, remembered at Triple Crown race

By Cpl. Nicholas Ranum | May 20, 2014

More than 60 years ago, in the mountains of the Korean Peninsula, the Marines of the Recoiless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, were in need of a way to transport ammunition to remote firing positions. The mountainous terrain was unsuitable for motorized vehicles and humans could not move ammunition fast MORE
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RS Baltimore poolees compete in statewide pool function RS Baltimore poolees compete in statewide pool function

By LCpl. Kyle Welshans | May 07, 2014

Recruiting Station Baltimore held a statewide pool function to educate poolees at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Md., April 26.  A pool function is designed to familiarize future Marine Corps recruits with the stresses of recruit training in a controlled environment.  “We came out to assist the local RS in mentally and physically preparing the MORE
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Marines of RS Frederick take to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Marines of RS Frederick take to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

By Sgt. Amber Williams | May 07, 2014

Marines with Recruiting Sub-Stations Winchester and Martinsburg woke up bright and early May 2 to set-up for the two busiest days of the weeklong Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival with one goal in mind, make appointments. The festival is the largest recruiting event in Recruiting Station Frederick’s area with more than 200,000 attendees.  To bring MORE
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RS Cleveland brings females together to improve fitness, knowledge Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program proves beneficial for poolees

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | May 02, 2014

Every month, recruiting stations across the Marine Corps welcome new young men and women into the Delayed Entry Program. The program serves to prepare those men and women for recruit training.  “The Delayed Entry Program is basically a program that utilizes the holding time a person has between when they make the commitment to become and Marine and MORE
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Future Officer Candidates experience life at Officer Candidates School Future officer candidates experience life at Officer Candidates School

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | May 02, 2014

Twenty-eight aspiring officer candidates from Officer Selection Team Columbus, Ohio spent the weekend preparing their minds and bodies for the rigors of Officer Candidates School during an OCS preparatory weekend at Camp Woodward, Pa. April 25-27.  The weekend was planned with the purpose of giving the Candidates a realistic view of OCS.  The MORE
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Marines visit Miles Jones Elementary School’s career day Marines visit Miles Jones Elementary School’s career day

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | May 01, 2014

Two Recruiting Station Richmond Marines were greeted with awe as they walked into a first grade classroom at Miles Jones Elementary School in Richmond, Va. April 28.  The Marines took part in the school’s career day and used the opportunity to educate the children about what it is to be a Marine.  This marked the 14th year the elementary school MORE
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Carolina Hurricanes honor two RS Raleigh Marines during final game of season

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | April 24, 2014

Sgt. Thomas S. Otwell and Sgt. David A. Miller, recruiters with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh, were honored as the Chevy Service Members of the Week by the Carolina Hurricanes during the team’s final game of the season against the Washington Capitals at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., April 10.  The Marines were given free entry to the MORE
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Maryland educators get an inside look at Marine Corps recruit training Maryland educators get an inside look at Marine Corps recruit training

By Sgt. Bryan Nygaard | April 16, 2014

Every year, more than 20,000 men and women are recruited and sent to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., with the hopes of becoming a United States Marine. It is on this island that recruits endure 13 weeks of “boot camp,” which is arguably the most physically and mentally challenging basic training of all the uniformed services.  Forty MORE
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Michigan, Ohio educators visit Marine Corps recruit training Michigan, Ohio educators visit Marine Corps recruit training

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | April 09, 2014

Twenty educators from southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio experienced Marine Corps recruit training during Recruiting Station Detroit’s 2014 Educator Workshop, April 1-4, to gain a better understanding of the Marine Corps.  The Educator Workshop is an annual program conducted by recruiting stations across the United States. The goal of the MORE
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Marine recruiter selected for prestigious military law enforcement opportunity Marine recruiter selected for prestigious military law enforcement opportunity

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | April 08, 2014

Sgt. Todd F. Schuller, a Boardman, Ohio native and extended active duty recruiter with Recruiting Sub-Station Tri-County, was recently selected for a position with Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division. CID is a federal agency responsible for investigating crimes against persons and property in the Marine Corps and works with the Provost MORE
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Marine lives boyhood dream, serves as volunteer firefighter Marine lives boyhood dream, serves as volunteer firefighter

By Lance Cpl. Kyle Welshans | April 07, 2014

Marines at the 4th Marine Corps District take serving the community to the next level. As a part of that drive to connect with the community, Gunnery Sgt. Travis Albrecht, the logistics chief for 4th MCD and a native of LaMarque, Texas, works at the recruiting district headquarters by day and volunteers at the Camp Hill Fire Department by MORE
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WV Native, Marine Corps Career Recruiter retires after 20 years of service W.Va. native, Marine Corps career recruiter retires after 20 years of service

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | March 28, 2014

Surrounded by friends, family members and fellow Marines from Recruiting Station Charleston, Gunnery Sgt. Darren Mckeone, a W.Va. native and career recruiter, retired during a ceremony held at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston March 21.  Mckeone, who was born in Fairmont, W.Va. in 1975, began his Marine Corps journey after enlisting in MORE
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Marines, MEAC partner to promote leadership Marines, MEAC partner for 2014 basketball tournament

By Lance Cpl. Francisco Martinez | March 19, 2014

Marines partnered with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. March 12 through March 15.  The basketball tournament is made up of 13 historically black colleges and universities with winners receiving automatic bids to post-season play in the NCAA tournament.  The Marine Corps MORE
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Marines engage local youth at MEAC basketball tournament, impart leadership skills

By Lance Cpl. Jacky Fang | March 19, 2014

Marines conducted a community outreach program during the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. March 12.  The Marine Corps values opportunities like this to connect and interact with the community, as these kids are the future of America and of the Marine Corps.  The program consisted of six MORE
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Marines, Poolees conduct pool function after Pax Marines, poolees conduct pool function after Pax

By Sgt. Amber Williams | March 19, 2014

Recruiting Station Frederick’s area experienced a large amount of snow this year causing pool function dates to be changed and canceled, but that did not stop Recruiting Sub-station Winchester Marines and poolees from this month’s cold weather activity; paintball.  A pool function occurs once a month and is designed to improve the fitness, MORE
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Parents, family learn about process to become Marine Parents, family learn about process to become Marine

By Sgt. Henderson | March 19, 2014

Marine Corps Recruiting Sub-Station Greenville hosted a family night at the East Carolina University Willis Buildings in Greenville, N.C., March 8.  Family nights are a time for the families of the applicants to come together, meet the Marines of the Sub-Station, and learn about the Marine Corps and the process of boot camp.  “Family day is MORE
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Marine Applicant wins Wrestling State Championship Marine Applicant wins Wrestling State Championship

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | March 05, 2014

Chris Jaeger wrestles and excels academically in his school. His physical, mental and moral strength was built during four years of high school and now he has added the icing to the cake in his latest wrestling excursion.  Jaeger, a senior from Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, N.C., won the North Carolina 1A Wrestling State Championship MORE
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Applicant perseveres for opportunity to become a Marine Applicant perseveres for opportunity to become a Marine

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | March 05, 2014

Honor. Courage. Commitment.  To the average person those three words can have different meanings. For a United States Marine those three words mean everything. It is the foundation of Marine Corps’ ethos and it is used as a guiding light, keeping the institution among the most revered in the world. The deeper meanings of those words are taught to MORE
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RS Frederick Applicant takes Honor Graduate RS Frederick Applicant takes Honor Graduate

By Sgt. Amber Williams | March 05, 2014

There are quite a few things that go into becoming an honor graduate, from exemplifying the core values; honor, courage and commitment, to exceeding the normal physical standards of the Marine Corps.  There is only one honor graduate per company during a Marine Corps recruit graduation ceremony and Pfc. Callahan Brown, from Recruiting Station MORE
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Eastern Michigan Marine Officer Candidate continues legacy Eastern Michigan Marine officer candidate continues legacy

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | March 04, 2014

Marine officer candidate Joe Zarzycki attends Eastern Michigan University as a junior studying aviation management and general management.  How did this university student decide to tackle both academics and a military career? He was watching a movie that pulled at his patriotic heart strings.  “While watching the Hurt Locker in Canada, it really MORE
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Hiram College opens housing for veterans Hiram College opens housing for veterans

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | February 06, 2014

It is not necessary to be from a big university to make a huge difference in the lives of veterans who are looking to further their education after leaving active duty. A local college in Hiram, Ohio, has placed themselves at the tip of the spear in an effort to make the housing situation better for veterans attending their school.  Hiram College, MORE
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High School seniors from across Virginia compete for NROTC scholarships High School seniors from across Virginia compete for NROTC scholarships

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | February 06, 2014

More than 20 high school seniors from across Virginia travelled to Recruiting Station Richmond Jan. 30, to compete for their chance to earn a $150,000 Marine Option, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship.  The young men and women submitted transcripts, teacher recommendations, completed a demanding physical fitness test, and were MORE
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Arlington, Texas Marine recognized for superior achievement in recruiting Arlington, Texas Marine recognized for superior achievement in recruiting

By Sgt. Bryan Nygaard | February 06, 2014

Matt Humiston was a junior at Kennedale High School in Arlington, Texas when the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Watching the twin towers crumble to the ground was an eye-opening experience for many Americans, including Humiston.  “It made me realize that the world is in a sense flat,” said Humiston. “We can be attacked and MORE
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RS Frederick raises the bar for PT RS Frederick raises the bar for PT

By Sgt. Amber Williams | February 04, 2014

Physical fitness is paramount in maintaining a healthy Delayed Entry Program that will ultimately ship applicants to Marine Corps Recruit Training.  Recruiting Station Frederick places much value in how the pool program is maintained during a 10 to 12 month period between a Poolee’s enlistment and ship dates. The Pool program is designed to ensure MORE
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Marine promoted on hard work and dedication Marine promoted on hard work and dedication

By Sgt, Daniel Angel | January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt Lance K. Harvey, originally from Vermontville, Mich., was meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant Jan. 2 at the Recruiting Station Louisville headquarters.  Harvey, the staff non-commissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub-station Frankfort, won a Marine Corps Recruiting Command meritorious selection board and was MORE
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Ohio Twins enlist in Marine Corps Ohio Twins enlist in Marine Corps

By Sgt, Tyler Hlavac | January 31, 2014

As identical twins, there are not many things John and Mike Lange do apart. Whether it is working out or playing sports, you usually do not see one without the other. Now, the brothers will share one more major life event: attending Marine Corps recruit training. The Lange brothers are not hard to miss. Aside from the fact that they share identical MORE
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Michigan, Ohio, Marines, recruits participate in female pool function Michigan, Ohio, Marines, recruits participate in female pool function

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | January 29, 2014

More than 40 members of Recruiting Station Detroit participated in a female pool function in Romulus, Mich., Jan. 18, to build camaraderie and spread knowledge about the Marine Corps among future Marines before they attend recruit training.  Maj. Matthew Hager, RS Detroit’s commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Adam Yakubsin, RS Detroit’s sergeant MORE
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Fan Fest allows Semper Fi Bowl Attendees to learn about Marine Corps Fan Fest allows Semper Fi Bowl Attendees to learn about Marine Corps

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | January 13, 2014

Local Marines set up vehicles and booths for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl attendees to learn more about the Marine Corps as part of the Fan Fest before the bowl game at The StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 5, 2014. Marines from Battery O, 5th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, set up an M-777 Howitzer and other vehicles MORE
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RS Richmond’s operations chief earns 4MCD Operations Chief of the Year RS Richmond’s operations chief earns 4MCD Operations Chief of the Year

By Cpl. Aaron Diamont | December 23, 2013

Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Laurenti, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Richmond’s operations chief, is known for his high level of energy and enthusiasm for whatever task is put in front of him. That is partially why the only one surprised when he was selected as the 4th Marine Corps District’s Operations Chief of the Year for 2013 was Laurenti himself.  An MORE
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Cleveland Marine selected as district’s top recruiter Cleveland Marine selected as district’s top recruiter

By Sgt. T. M. Stewman | December 23, 2013

Part of being a Marine is being the best in any activity. For one recruiter, being the best paid off when he was selected as the 4th Marine Corps District’s Recruiter of the Year. A shipping total of 28 applicants and net production of 2.25 set Staff Sgt. Donald Roberts Jr., a Monterey, Calif., native, apart from recruiters representing the seven MORE
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Candidate overcomes history and chooses to become Marine officer Candidate overcomes history, chooses to become Marine officer

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | December 23, 2013

Since Shane Azizi was young, one piece of advice from his father Jahan always stuck with him; “No matter what you choose to do, you can always do it better with an education.” With his father’s words in mind Shane selected an educational path immediately after graduating Plymouth Canton High School in Canton, Mich., in 2003. Little did he know this MORE
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Marines move to Wake Forest Marines move to Wake Forest

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | December 18, 2013

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh opened a new permanent contact station in Wake Forest, N.C. on Dec. 16.  The Marines held a grand opening which featured a ribbon cutting and Toys for Tots drive to bring attention to the new station. Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones attended the ceremony and cut the ribbon for the Marines.  “I was delighted to MORE
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Marine veteran receives Bronze Star after more than 46 years Marine veteran receives Bronze Star after more than 46 years

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | December 18, 2013

On Dec. 13, in front of friends, family and fellow Marines from Company L, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, former Marine Cpl. Tim Padgett was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" device at the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Columbus, Ohio for actions during the Vietnam War. According to his citation, then 22-year-old New Lexington, MORE
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Local recruiter’s daughter follows father’s footsteps, becomes Marine Local recruiter’s daughter follows father’s footsteps, becomes Marine

By Sgt. T.M. Stewman | December 11, 2013

Earning the coveted Eagle, Globe and Anchor is mostly commonly described as one of the most memorable moments in a person’s life. So it is not surprising that a parent would want that same experience for their children. For one member of the Recruiting Station Cleveland team this great experience was able to happen while he is still serving in the MORE
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Mom, runner, logistics clerk takes 4th MCD Marine of the Year Mom, runner, logistics clerk takes 4th MCD Marine of the Year

By Sgt. Amber Williams | December 11, 2013

Sgt. Donna Williams , the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Frederick logistics clerk, maintains a lifestyle that probably makes any other person’s busy schedule look calm in comparison. Balancing her family, which includes a husband in the Navy, two children and her live-in mother-in-law, her career in the Marines, college classes and a hobby of MORE
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Dominican Republic native sheds 140 pounds to enlist in the Marine Corps Dominican Republic native sheds 140 pounds to enlist in Marine Corps

By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | December 11, 2013

Approximately 30 young men and women packed into the Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell Ceremony Room to take their oath of enlistment at the Military Entrance Processing Station aboard Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 2.  They had just been deemed qualified for military service after passing a battery of tests which determine an applicant’s physical MORE
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RS Cleveland brings females together to improve fitness, knowledge RS Cleveland brings females together to improve fitness, knowledge

By T. M. Stewman | November 27, 2013

More than 35 female poolees from Recruiting Station Cleveland participated in an all-female pool function, Nov. 23, as a way to come together as a group and gain insight on all things Marine. The event was hosted at the Crossfit Box in Strongsville, Ohio and featured a workout that was followed by a question and answer period, which served as a way MORE
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Iraqi-born female becomes Marine, gives back to US Iraqi-born female becomes Marine, gives back to US

By Sgt. Amber Williams | November 27, 2013

The majority of the Marine Corps enlistees are young American males but not Aseel Salman. Being female, she is already a rarity in the U.S. Marine Corps. She will also be the only native Iraqi-born active-duty female at the end of November according to Major Shawn Haney, the Public Affairs Officer for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Headquarters MORE
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RS Charleston Poolees compete for top sub-station RS Charleston Poolees compete for top sub-station

By Sgt. Tyler J. Hlavac | November 26, 2013

 Approximately 100 Marines and poolees braved below freezing temperatures to compete for top bragging rights during Recruiting Station Charleston’s Statewide Pool Meet held Nov. 23 in Beckley, W.Va. The meet is a semi-annual event conducted every spring and fall, with the purpose of further exposing poolees to life in the Marine Corps.  “It’s an MORE
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Marine general speaks about leadership at Chesterfield high schools Marine general speaks about leadership at Chesterfield high schools

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | November 15, 2013

It’s not every day that a Marine brigadier general visits a high school to speak about leadership, but two local high schools were fortunate enough to have U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General David Furness do just that Nov. 7 and 8.        Currently serving as the legislative assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Furness returned to his MORE
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Marines show Poolees weapons handling and combat simulation Marines show Poolees weapons handling, combat simulation

By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | November 06, 2013

Aisha Green stood completely still as artillery rounds exploded in front of her. Standing at barely 5 feet 3 inches, the 17-year-old Baltimore native made ready her AT-4, a shoulder-fired rocket launcher, as she and the rest of her squad held their fighting position in a dark desert valley on the morning of Oct. 12.        Once the bombardment MORE
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Marine recruiters utilize Delayed Entry Program to reduce attrition Marine recruiters utilize Delayed Entry Program to reduce attrition

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | November 01, 2013

Some may think of enlisting in the Marine Corps as an easy process involving a quick trip to the local recruiting station, signing a few papers and then a short time later taking a trip to Marine Corps Recruit Depots San Diego or Parris Island.  However, the paperwork at the recruiting station is only a formality in the process toward becoming a MORE
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Medal of Honor Tribute presented to Dakota Meyer, displayed at Lindsey Wilson College Medal of Honor Tribute presented to Dakota Meyer, displayed at Lindsey Wilson College

By Sgt. Daniel Angel | November 01, 2013

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, a native of Columbia, Ky., was presented a Medal of Honor Tribute at Lindsey Wilson College Oct. 28.   Richard Powers, creator of the tribute and retired sergeant first class, along with Gunnery Sgt. Allen Rosenblatt, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub-station Elizabethtown, and Staff MORE
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Marines educate, congratulate during high school band competition Marines educate, congratulate during high school band competition

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | November 01, 2013

Thirteen high school marching bands took to a muddy football field to compete at the Kempsville Classic Band Review, held at Kempsville High School, Oct. 19.   The bands were also educated about some of the music-related opportunities offered in the Marine Corps.  Field shows, often seen at half time during high school football games across the MORE
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Marine helps High School swim team take strides Marine helps High School swim team take strides

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | October 30, 2013

Sprinting, squatting, lunging and pressing could be considered routine exercises of just about any football team. What might surprise some people is that these exercises are also used by the Southwest Guilford High School swim team during their preseason workouts.  To prepare for their time in the water, these young athletes train out of the water MORE
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Michigan teen travels from South Africa to join Marine Corps Michigan teen travels from South Africa to join Marine Corps

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | October 30, 2013

Three countries and eight years later, 19-year-old Jesse Flanagan is back on American soil, to become one of America’s Finest, a United States Marine.   Flanagan, whose father is from Pinckney, Mich. and mother is from the United Kingdom, was born in Johnson City, N.Y. He traveled to several different countries with his parents who served as MORE
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Recruiting Station Baltimore moves for cost, safety, opportunity Recruiting Station Baltimore moves for cost, safety, opportunity

By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | October 18, 2013

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Baltimore recently moved its headquarters to a new location in Hanover, Md., Sept. 25. The Marines of RS Baltimore moved the furniture and equipment from the headquarters’ old location off Route 1 in Elkridge, Md. to the new building located at 1334 Ashton Road in Hanover.   The move was necessary for several reasons MORE
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Officer Selection Station Roanoke gives Virginia lacrosse teams combat fitness test Officer Selection Station Roanoke gives Virginia lacrosse teams combat fitness test

By Cpl. Aaron Diamant | October 01, 2013

More than 60 varsity lacrosse players from Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va., got a taste of the Marine Corps’ combat fitness test, Sept. 30.  Both the men’s and women’s teams took part in the event, which included an 880 yard sprint, ammo can lifts, and the maneuver under fire course.  Prior to the university students taking part in MORE
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Ohio Marines host 5K to kick off Toys for Tots season Ohio Marines host 5K to kick off Toys for Tots season

By Sgt. Timothy Stewman | October 01, 2013

Marines from Detachment 3 Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453 held their 3rd Annual Toys for Tots 5K race at Imagination Station Park in Cortland, Ohio, Sept. 29.  “This race is our kickoff to the Toys for Tots donation season,” said Sgt. Modesto Montano, Supply Chief from Livingston, Calif. and Toys for Tots coordinator for CLB MORE
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Raleigh Marine officer candidates get taste of what future holds Raleigh Marine officer candidates get taste of what future holds

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | October 01, 2013

Marines and candidates with the Officer Selection Office Raleigh, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh, conducted a three-mile hike with Marine Corps history and leadership classes aboard Umstead Park in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 28.  The candidates and Marines carried packs with 40 pounds of gear and an M-16 replica rubber rifle to get a feel for MORE
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Cabell Midland High School continues producing Marines Cabell Midland High School continues producing Marines

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | September 30, 2013

Recruiting Sub Station Huntington has a large area of responsibility in the eyes of Marine Corps recruiters. It is spread over 7,700 square miles and is composed of 65 different high schools, but one school stands out from the rest. One school continues to produce more of the next generation of Marines than any other school in its MORE
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Ocala Marine receives top honors for excellence in journalism Ocala Marine receives top honors for excellence in journalism

By Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller | September 19, 2013

Local Marine Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, a native of Ocala, Fla. and 2003 graduate of Ocala Christian Academy, was recently awarded by the Department of Defense and United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association during two separate ceremonies at the Defense Information School aboard Fort George G. Meade, Md. on May 10 and at Joint Base Andrews MORE
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Fairfield, Ohio native ensures a Merry Christmas for all Fairfield, Ohio native ensures merry Christmas for all

By Sgt. Amber Williams | September 17, 2013

Recruiting is a time consuming job. Marines on recruiting duty wake up early, arrive at their office around 7 a.m., and if they are lucky they might go home around 8 p.m. Many of them work these long hours Monday through Saturday with just enough time to kiss their wife or husband, play with their children and get some sleep before starting another MORE
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What does leadership mean to you? What does leadership mean to you?

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | September 12, 2013

When the Marshall University Women’s Swim Team found themselves looking for guidance on leadership, they decided to look no further than the United States Marine Corps for inspiration. On Sept. 11, the swim team staff invited the Marines onto the Marshall University Campus to give their student-athletes an in-depth class on Marine Corps leadership. MORE
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Future Marines take oath of enlistment during Clermont County Fair

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | July 21, 2013

  A group of nine poolees from Recruiting Sub-Station East Gate took the oath of enlistment and officially joined the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program during a ceremony at the Clermont County Fair July 21.   The Marine Corps poolees and entry level members from other branches of the Armed Forces received the oath from Army Reserve Lt. Col. Brad MORE
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Educator Workshop Educators get tough during Marine Corps workshop

By Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | May 14, 2013

Thirty five educators from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio endured the rigors of Marine Corps boot camp during the 2013 Educator Workshop, April 30 to May 3, to gain a better understanding of the Marine Corps. The Educator Workshop is an annual program conducted by recruiting stations across the United States as an outreach program to high schools MORE
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Marine Corps supports 8th annual Jaguar 5K

By Sgt. Amber Williams | May 14, 2013

The United States Marine Corps donated 900 water bottles to the 8th annual Jaguar 5k held by Falls Church High School April 27.  This is the second year the Marine Corps sponsored this event.  “The water bottles provided by the Marines are such a nice addition to the race packets. Everyone loves the red Marines bottles,” said Jeanne Kelly, Director MORE
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Zen in the Art of Reserve Recruiting

By Capt. Eric Postow | May 10, 2013

As the largest reserve writing station for the district, the Recruiting Station Richmond command group has learned valuable lessons that apply to reserve contracting and shipping.   The key is maintaining a contracting balance between making mission in the current month and filling reserve shipping holes in the next trimester. Contracting regular MORE
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Marine Corps Recruiting Station Baltimore Marine from Waldorf receives top award

By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | April 14, 2013

December 2009 was not a good month for Staff Sgt. Douglas McGlothlin. Although he had done well during his first few months on recruiting duty, he had written zero contracts for the month. McGlothlin had to meet with his commanding officer for counseling. In the competitive world of Marine Corps recruiting, you either meet your quota or risk MORE
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Marine Corps Leadership Seminar Marine Corps Leadership Seminar Steps Foot in High School for First Time

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | April 12, 2013

  The Marine Corps Leadership Seminar was held at the Wake County Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Raleigh, N.C., April 11.   The Marine Corps Leadership Seminar has been hosted by colleges and universities across the country for the past three years; however, this is the first time the event has been hosted at a high school.    “We are going to MORE
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Marine Officers and Officer Candidates Help Local Community

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | March 08, 2013

Marine officers and officer candidates with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Wake County, N.C., February 22.  The Marines and candidates contributed to a house that will one day be sold to a family in need at a reduced price.  “It was great,” said Capt. Scott Riley, an officer selection MORE
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Marines, poolees attend annual female pool function

By Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | January 12, 2013

More than 40 members of Recruiting Station Detroit participated in a female pool function here, Jan. 12, to build camaraderie and spread knowledge about the Marine Corps among prospective Marines. Maj. Matthew Hager, RS Detroit’s commanding officer, welcomed the attendees with comments about the challenges that lie ahead, while reminding them they MORE
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Local Football Star to Play in All-American Game

By Cpl. Dwight Henderson | December 17, 2012

If you Google his name you will find stories and YouTube videos that showcase his talent. If you walk behind him in the hallway of Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C., you will notice his popularity with the other students.  Corey Cooper is a starting wide receiver on the Millbrook High School football team and has been selected to play in the MORE
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Cover Controversy to be Resolved

By Sgt. Amber Williams | October 29, 2012

Over the next several months you will see female Marines in three different covers (hats); the current bucket cover, the new improved female dress cover and the current male dress cover. The goal is to see how Marines and the public react to the improved female dress cover and the male dress cover. Recruiting Stations from 4th Marine Corps District MORE
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Silent Drill Platoon Visits Raleigh

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | October 24, 2012

The slaps and strikes of wooden stocked M-1 Garands echoed through the auditorium of Ravenscroft School as the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed in Raleigh, N.C.  To show their appreciation for the military Ravenscroft School asked the Silent Drill Platoon to perform.  Jeffrey Clark, a parent of two Ravenscroft students and former Naval MORE
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RS Raleigh Gets New Commanding Officer

By Sgt. Dwight Henderson | June 20, 2012

Major Brandon J. Gorman recently assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh before a formation of Marines assembled near the North Carolina State University Bell Tower in Raleigh, N.C.  The responsibilities of commanding officer were passed from Maj. Jennifer A. Nash during a change of command ceremony after 36 months with RS MORE
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The First Time

By Sgt. Amber Williams | May 15, 2012

The crowd of nearly five thousand people had to walk past a recruiting booth manned by Marines at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, better known as the UFC, on Fuel TV held at George Mason University. It was Recruiting Station Frederick’s first experience partnering with the UFC and was not only a recruiting effort, but a rare opportunity for the MORE
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