Depot Marine nominated for top Enlisted Woman
By Lance Cpl. Alicia Small
| | June 15, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
One depot Marine demonstrated unwavering dedication to the Marine Corps and mission accomplishment while serving more than three years on the depot.
Sergeant Jazmin Vargas, Recruit Training Regiment supply chief, was nominated for San Diego Naval Services Enlisted Woman of the Year.
"Her nomination was a result of her impressive standard of workmanship," said Gunnery Sgt. Demond Wilson, Regimental Logistics Chief. "She knew what needed to be done and executed each task with unfaltering integrity. She was completely honest and did the right thing no matter what the situation or consequences might be."
She managed the procurement, receipt, accounting and distribution of over $1.7 million in assets to support entry-level training for enlisted male recruits here at the depot. She is also the Regimental Safety non-commissioned officer in charge, responsible for more than 4,000 Marines and recruits.
Vargas is an expert in the delegation and supervision it takes to accomplish the duties she is tasked with and executes them with ease and with little supervision, said Capt. Jose Tee, logistics operations officer.
Her professionalism and ability to communicate with a variety of vendors, contractors and military commanders has gained the admiration and respect of those she works with and around, said Tee, of Navarre, Fla.
Dedicated to continuing her self-improvement, she does not let her enthusiasm end at the end of her work day, said Tee. She is currently a student at San Diego City College and is in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree in science and physical therapy. She has also obtained certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
Volunteer work is another way Vargas has made herself an example for others to emulate, said Wilson. During her off-duty time, she helped with the 6-to-6 Extended School Day Program, which aids the YMCA along with parents of school children. The program allows parents to drop their kids off early for school and pick them up in the late evening.
Surprised to hear she was nominated for such an honor, Vargas said she was content to know her hard work had paid off. It is always nice to know that your work is recognized and appreciated, said Vargas.
She said she always looked up to her mother for giving up everything she had and moving her family from Columbia, South America to make sure they had better lives. Even through hard times, she said her sister sacrificed a lot for her and spent a great deal of time making sure everything would be okay for her.
Vargas said her husband, Sgt. Henry Vargas, 1st Anglico, Camp Pendleton, has been her support system and is always encouraging her to keep doing better. She said he never fails to tell her how well she is doing and how proud he is of her.
With everlasting motivation, Vargas said she looks forward to continuing her self-improvement as a person and as a Marine, as well as making a difference in the lives of other people.