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Top recruiters receive honors

By Sgt. Jimmie Perkins | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | November 02, 2004

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- Marine Corps Recruiting Command recognized its top performers in recruiting for fiscal year 2004 in two separate ceremonies held here. The 2004 Recruiter of the Year, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Prior Service Recruiter of the Year, and Transitional Recruiter of the Year were all recognized for their roles in ensuring MCRC accomplished its annual recruiting mission for the ninth consecutive year.

“Recruiting is the toughest job outside of combat, and our recruiters are the reason we are successful on the battlefield,” said Brig. Gen. Walter Gaskin, commanding general, MCRC. “So today we must thank them for their contribution to the future success of our Corps.”

Each of the winners in the four categories was selected from finalists for each of MCRC’s six recruiting districts. For the Recruiter of the Year and Prior Service Recruiter of the Year the honors also included meritorious promotion.

The 2004 Recruiter of the Year is Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Miller from Recruiting Sub-Station St. Petersburg, Recruiting Station Orlando, 6th Marine Corps District. Miller was selected for his ability to consistently exceed his required mission while at times having to excel through adversity. This was evident when Miller recruited in a region of central Florida that was devastated by two months of the worst hurricane season that Florida has seen in more than 100 years. During those two months, Miller was still able to bring in nine of his 39 contracts made last year.

“We had four hurricanes pass through and that caused a lot of people to board up and leave the area, which seriously hampered our recruiting efforts. But as Marines do all over the world, we endured and did what we were supposed to do to get the job done,” said the 27-year-old native of Corning, Ark. “I am here because I love being a Marine. When a recruiter gets up in the morning and puts on the uniform, enthusiasm is everything. The right attitude can help you succeed and overcome adversity.”

Sgt. Maj. John L. Estrada, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps, represented the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Commandant of the Marine Corps Combined Awards Ceremony. He was on hand to honor Miller along with top performing drill instructors, combat instructors, Marine Security Guards and career retention specialists.

“Outstanding job recruiters,” said Estrada. “Without your leadership and outstanding efforts, along with the efforts of your fellow recruiters, we would not have the superior personnel within our ranks that we have, and even more so we would not have a Marine Corps -- it all begins with you.”

This year marked the first time that the top Prior Service Recruiter was honored as part of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Combined Awards ceremony. The 2004 Prior Service Recruiter of the Year is Staff Sgt. Stennett Rey II, from the 12th Marine Corps District. A competitive bodybuilder and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor, Rey said that his secret to successful recruiting is mindset.

“I am successful because I apply all the basics that they give us at Recruiters School along with maintaining a hard working attitude,” said Rey, a native of Queens, N.Y. “I want to stay in the top 5% of prior service recruiters, maybe even become a career recruiter some day so I can pass on what I’ve learned to new recruiters to help make their tours successful.”

In a separate ceremony hosted by MCRC, Gunnery Sgt. Sean Spatar, from RSS Hicksville, RS New York, 1st Marine Corps District, was selected as the 2004 SNCOIC of the Year. Spatar was selected for his talent, leadership and performance that led to his four-man RSS achieving 112% of its contracting mission and 117% of its shipping mission for FY04.

“My success is attributed to the good old fashioned Marine Corps leadership traits from the fleet and the caliber of Marines working under me,” said the Logan, Ohio, native.

In addition to the SNCOIC of the Year, MCRC honored the top Transitional Recruiters of the Year. The 2004 Transitional Recruiter of the Year is Gunnery Sgt. Timothy Donald, 2nd Transitional Recruiting Office, Beaufort, S.C. Donald faces the challenge of convincing Marines who are leaving the Marine Corps to maintain a connection through the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

“The reason we selected Gunnery Sergeant Donald was because he was able to take a small market like Beaufort, and outperform his counterparts working at the much larger bases,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Preston E. Ford, career recruiter specialist, MCRC. “He also was able to retain a number of highly trained Marines from the aviation community which is valuable and important to the Corps.”

Donald came into the Marine Corps in 1983 and served four years before leaving to pursue his dream of playing professional football. However, an injury in college ended his football aspirations and brought him back into the fold of the Corps, which he realized he missed.

“I found when I got out of the Marine Corps, that I missed the camaraderie and opportunities for leadership that the Marine Corps provided. So I came back in and excelled,” said Donald, a Jacksonville, Fla., native. “Now when I talk to Marines I share my experience with transitioning once before. Marines come through my door dead set about getting out and leave with a more cautious approach to transitioning.”

All of the award finalists received Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals as well as numerous awards and gifts from various Marine Corps affiliated organizations. A complete list of the full MCRC award finalists follows.




Recruiter of the Year

Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Lanski
1st Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Locke II
4th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Patrick S. Miller
6th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Beau A. Yaddie
8th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Jose C. Vasquez
9th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Jonathan E. Flick
12th Marine Corps District

Prior Service Recruiter of the Year

Staff Sgt. Luis A. Alfonso
1st Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Sean N. Mcrae
4th Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Donald L. Ogden
6th Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Roberto E. Lopez
8th Marine Corps District

Master Sgt. Robert J. Fritz
9th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Stennett W. Rey II
12th Marine Corps District

Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Year

Gunnery Sgt. Sean E. Spatar
1st Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Mark Baker
4th Marine Corps District

Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Aviles
6th Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Shawn A. Pickell
8th Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Lonnelle V. Jones
9th Marine Corps District

Gunnery Sgt. Michael J. Reilly
12th Marine Corps District

Transitional Recruiter of the Year

Gunnery Sgt. Timothy L. Donald
Eastern Recruiting Region

Staff Sgt. Komisi A. Faramino
Western Recruiting Region




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