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12th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

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12th Marine Corps District Photos
The San Diego State University women's basketball team and Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Diego pose for a picture following a fitness challenge aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Sept. 1, 2015.
SDSU Aztecs attack Marine fitness challenge
The San Diego State University women's basketball team and Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Diego pose for a picture following a fitness challenge aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Sept. 1, 2015.
SACRAMENTO – Sgt. Reuben Smith, IV, officer selection assistant, Recruiting Station Sacramento, introduces himself to the audience at the Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit here, Aug. 29, 2015. The California Black Chamber of Commerce hosted a youth summit at the event to teach local youths about leadership and business skills. The participants formulated business plans and presented to a panel, who critiques and advised them.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Harrer)
Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit
SACRAMENTO – Sgt. Reuben Smith, IV, officer selection assistant, Recruiting Station Sacramento, introduces himself to the audience at the Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit here, Aug. 29, 2015. The California Black Chamber of Commerce hosted a youth summit at the event to teach local youths about leadership and business skills. The participants formulated business plans and presented to a panel, who critiques and advised them. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Harrer)
Kate Casey, a 27-year-old native of Lodi, Calif., stretches during physical training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center here, Aug. 22, 2015. Casey trained with other officer candidates from Recruiting Station Sacramento as part of “Warrior Weekend.” The candidates hiked steep trails, competed in team exercises, and received classes as part of preparation for Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va.
Sacramento Marine Officer Candidates tackle high elevation training in Sierra Nevadas
Kate Casey, a 27-year-old native of Lodi, Calif., stretches during physical training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center here, Aug. 22, 2015. Casey trained with other officer candidates from Recruiting Station Sacramento as part of “Warrior Weekend.” The candidates hiked steep trails, competed in team exercises, and received classes as part of preparation for Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va.
Captain Joshua Dewalt (left) runs with officer candidates during military training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center here, Aug. 22, 2015. Officer candidates from Recruiting Station Sacramento as part of “Warrior Weekend.” The candidates hiked steep trails, competed in team exercises, and received classes as part of preparation for Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va.
Sacramento Marine Officer Candidates tackle high elevation training in Sierra Nevadas
Captain Joshua Dewalt (left) runs with officer candidates during military training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center here, Aug. 22, 2015. Officer candidates from Recruiting Station Sacramento as part of “Warrior Weekend.” The candidates hiked steep trails, competed in team exercises, and received classes as part of preparation for Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va.
SACRAMENTO – A 100-year-old Marine, Michael Kolesar, meets Gunnery Sgt. Gerardo Ortiz, recruiting staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, at the Eskaton Care Center in Greenhaven, Aug. 21. Marines met with Michael to take photos as part of the care center’s efforts to recognize centenarians. Michael fought during the famous battle of Guadalcanal. He later played professional baseball for the Browns and served as a deputy sheriff. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Harrer / released)
World War II veteran, Sacramento native commemorates 100 years with fellow Marines
SACRAMENTO – A 100-year-old Marine, Michael Kolesar, meets Gunnery Sgt. Gerardo Ortiz, recruiting staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, at the Eskaton Care Center in Greenhaven, Aug. 21. Marines met with Michael to take photos as part of the care center’s efforts to recognize centenarians. Michael fought during the famous battle of Guadalcanal. He later played professional baseball for the Browns and served as a deputy sheriff. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Harrer / released)
Sgts. Stephen Wills (left) and Brandon Hendrix, drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, motivate Jose Garcia, a Marine enlistee from Yakima, Wash., during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Wills, 24, is from Phoenix and is assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. Hendrix, 26, is from Redlands, Calif., and is assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Garcia, 17, is set to become a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima and was recruited by Sgt. James Campos. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine Corps drill instructors prepare Pacific Northwest enlistees for boot camp
Sgts. Stephen Wills (left) and Brandon Hendrix, drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, motivate Jose Garcia, a Marine enlistee from Yakima, Wash., during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Wills, 24, is from Phoenix and is assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. Hendrix, 26, is from Redlands, Calif., and is assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Garcia, 17, is set to become a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima and was recruited by Sgt. James Campos. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seung Gwon Cho (center), a Marine enlistee from Lynnwood, Wash., responds to corrections from drill instructors Sgts. Aldo Valencia (left), Julian Taylor (second from left), Donald Jackson (second from right) and Tina Quevedo (right) during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Cho, 18, graduated from Meadowdale High School and was recruited by Sgt. Ricardo Schebesta. Valencia, 25, is from Denver and is assigned to Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Taylor, 26, is from St. Augustine, Fla., and is assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Jackson, 28, is from Suffolk, Va., and is assigned to MCRD San Diego. Quevedo, 24, is from Long Beach, Calif., and is currently assigned to November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine Corps drill instructors prepare Pacific Northwest enlistees for boot camp
Seung Gwon Cho (center), a Marine enlistee from Lynnwood, Wash., responds to corrections from drill instructors Sgts. Aldo Valencia (left), Julian Taylor (second from left), Donald Jackson (second from right) and Tina Quevedo (right) during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Cho, 18, graduated from Meadowdale High School and was recruited by Sgt. Ricardo Schebesta. Valencia, 25, is from Denver and is assigned to Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Taylor, 26, is from St. Augustine, Fla., and is assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Jackson, 28, is from Suffolk, Va., and is assigned to MCRD San Diego. Quevedo, 24, is from Long Beach, Calif., and is currently assigned to November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Donald Jackson (center), a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, teaches Marine enlistees discipline during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Jackson, 28, is from Suffolk, Va. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine Corps drill instructors prepare Pacific Northwest enlistees for boot camp
Sgt. Donald Jackson (center), a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, teaches Marine enlistees discipline during a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Jackson, 28, is from Suffolk, Va. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Myriah Monzon, a Marine enlistee from Gig Harbor, Wash., performs pull-ups under the watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Matthew Michael during the initial strength test portion of a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Monzon, 18, graduated from Peninsula High School and was recruited by Sgt. A.J. Russell. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine Corps drill instructors prepare Pacific Northwest enlistees for boot camp
Myriah Monzon, a Marine enlistee from Gig Harbor, Wash., performs pull-ups under the watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Matthew Michael during the initial strength test portion of a Recruiting Station Seattle pool function at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., July 17, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees from Washington and Idaho for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are awaiting their ship dates. Monzon, 18, graduated from Peninsula High School and was recruited by Sgt. A.J. Russell. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depots San Diego and Parris Island, S.C., and Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Salt Lake City hosted poolees during RS SLC’s annual pool function at Camp Williams, Utah, June 26, 2015. During the event, Utah-based recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are waiting to ship to boot camp. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Drill Instructors Instill Corps Values in Future Marines
Drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depots San Diego and Parris Island, S.C., and Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Salt Lake City hosted poolees during RS SLC’s annual pool function at Camp Williams, Utah, June 26, 2015. During the event, Utah-based recruiters teamed with drill instructors to physically and mentally prepare enlistees for boot camp. The enlistees, part of the Marine Corps delayed entry program, are waiting to ship to boot camp. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Christian A. Arellano, assigned to 12th Marine Corps District, performs as conductor during a concert hosted by Brig. Gen. James W. Bierman, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, at MCRD San Diego, Calif., June 27, 2015. Arellano, a musician recruiter and instructor, was invited to conduct the last three pieces played during the 2015 Summer Concert. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bethanie C. Sahms/Released)
2015 Summer Concert
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Christian A. Arellano, assigned to 12th Marine Corps District, performs as conductor during a concert hosted by Brig. Gen. James W. Bierman, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, at MCRD San Diego, Calif., June 27, 2015. Arellano, a musician recruiter and instructor, was invited to conduct the last three pieces played during the 2015 Summer Concert. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bethanie C. Sahms/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Lance Day, off going commanding officer, Recruiting Station Salt Lake City (RS SLC), passes the Marine Corps Colors to Maj. Peter Ankney, oncoming commanding officer, RS SLC, to signify the change of command for RS SLC at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 12. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Recruiting Station Salt Lake City Change of Command Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Lance Day, off going commanding officer, Recruiting Station Salt Lake City (RS SLC), passes the Marine Corps Colors to Maj. Peter Ankney, oncoming commanding officer, RS SLC, to signify the change of command for RS SLC at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 12. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, speaks with enlistee Luke Ellsworth while departing his recruiting office June 10, 2015. Leifheit, a 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7. Without hesitation, Leifheit climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine recruiter in Idaho saves man’s life after suicide attempt
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, speaks with enlistee Luke Ellsworth while departing his recruiting office June 10, 2015. Leifheit, a 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7. Without hesitation, Leifheit climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, answers questions about the Marine Corps from enlistee Brandon Roberts at his recruiting office June 10, 2015. Leifheit, a 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7. Without hesitation, Leifheit climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine recruiter in Idaho saves man’s life after suicide attempt
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, answers questions about the Marine Corps from enlistee Brandon Roberts at his recruiting office June 10, 2015. Leifheit, a 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7. Without hesitation, Leifheit climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joel C. Schumacher, off going commanding officer, Recruiting Station Portland (RS PRT), passes the Marine Corps Colors to Maj. Brooks W. Boehlert, oncoming commanding officer, RS PRT, to signify the change of command for RS PRT at 6th Engineer Support Battalion, June 19. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Vernaza / released)
Recruiting Station Portland Change of Command
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joel C. Schumacher, off going commanding officer, Recruiting Station Portland (RS PRT), passes the Marine Corps Colors to Maj. Brooks W. Boehlert, oncoming commanding officer, RS PRT, to signify the change of command for RS PRT at 6th Engineer Support Battalion, June 19. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Vernaza / released)
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7, 2015. Without hesitation, the 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine recruiter in Idaho saves man’s life after suicide attempt
Sgt. Cody Leifheit, a Marine recruiter in Lewiston, Idaho, responded to a 19-year-old man hanging himself from a tree outside his house June 7, 2015. Without hesitation, the 28-year-old infantry Marine from Ferndale, Washington climbed up the tree 25 feet and took hold of the man, who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse. Leifheit worked to keep him alive until first responders arrived, continuously performing chest compressions as the man faded in and out. Despite spending 48 hours in a coma, the man survived. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
RENO, Nev. - Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Bynaker, recruiter, Recruiting Substation 
Reno, adopted three-year-old Rodan, a Pomeranian and corgi mix, during 
Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces Ballpark, June 5, 2015. Bynaker wasn't 
looking for a dog, but when he saw Rodan being carried by members of the 
Nevada Humane Society, he took interest. Bynaker said he liked the dog's happy 
personality, and the two seemed to click, so he decided to adopt Rodan that 
night. The Reno Aces recognized the adoption on field during the game. (U.S. 
Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
Reno Aces Military Appreciation Night
RENO, Nev. - Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Bynaker, recruiter, Recruiting Substation Reno, adopted three-year-old Rodan, a Pomeranian and corgi mix, during Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces Ballpark, June 5, 2015. Bynaker wasn't looking for a dog, but when he saw Rodan being carried by members of the Nevada Humane Society, he took interest. Bynaker said he liked the dog's happy personality, and the two seemed to click, so he decided to adopt Rodan that night. The Reno Aces recognized the adoption on field during the game. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
RENO, Nev. - A Marine Corps color guard from Recruiting Substation Reno 
performs during Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces Ballpark, June 5, 
2015. As gatekeepers of the Marine Corps, they are responsible for finding and 
screening qualified young men and women to serve in America's elite military 
branch. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
Reno Aces Military Appreciation Night
RENO, Nev. - A Marine Corps color guard from Recruiting Substation Reno performs during Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces Ballpark, June 5, 2015. As gatekeepers of the Marine Corps, they are responsible for finding and screening qualified young men and women to serve in America's elite military branch. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
RENO, Nev. - Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Bynaker, recruiter, Recruiting Substation 
Reno, throws the first pitch during Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces 
Ballpark, June 5, 2015. Bynaker is a third generation U.S. Marine, following 
in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Parents, and Uncle. A native of Peoria, 
Ariz., Bynaker enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 5, 2006. He has served as 
a Special Intelligence Systems Communicator with the 5th Special Security 
Communications Team attached to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North 
Carolina and as a Network Analyst with Bravo Company, Marine Cryptologic 
Support Battalion in Fort Meade, Maryland. In May of 2009 he deployed with the 
2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to Afghanistan in support of Operation 
Enduring Freedom.
 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
Reno Aces Military Appreciation Night
RENO, Nev. - Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Bynaker, recruiter, Recruiting Substation Reno, throws the first pitch during Military Appreciation Night at Reno Aces Ballpark, June 5, 2015. Bynaker is a third generation U.S. Marine, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Parents, and Uncle. A native of Peoria, Ariz., Bynaker enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 5, 2006. He has served as a Special Intelligence Systems Communicator with the 5th Special Security Communications Team attached to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and as a Network Analyst with Bravo Company, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion in Fort Meade, Maryland. In May of 2009 he deployed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
LOS ANGELES - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Vincent Webb, a recruiter with Recruiting Station Los Angeles, poses
with comedian George Lopez before the start of the Dodgers game, May 25. As
part of their appreciation to service members on Memorial Day, Marines were
invited on the field to throw the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium in Los
Angeles. Webb was one of five Marines recognized during the event. (Courtesy Photo/Released)
Marines Meet George Lopez
LOS ANGELES - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Vincent Webb, a recruiter with Recruiting Station Los Angeles, poses with comedian George Lopez before the start of the Dodgers game, May 25. As part of their appreciation to service members on Memorial Day, Marines were invited on the field to throw the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. Webb was one of five Marines recognized during the event. (Courtesy Photo/Released)
DAVIS, Calif. -- John Gomez, a senior at Davis Senior High School, speaks to 
friends and families after receiving the Frederick C. Branch Scholarship from 
Sgt. Sean Powers (left), recruiter, Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, and 
Staff Sgt. William Hafel, IV (right), during a presentation here, May 15, 
2015. Gomez plans to attend Hampton University, a historically black 
university in Hampton, Va. The Frederick C. Branch Scholarship is named after 
the first African American officer in the Marine Corps. It provides up to 
$180,000 for college tuition and assistance.  Gomez was selected to receive 
the prestigious Frederick C. Branch Scholarship after competing against other 
candidates throughout the central valley region. An avid volunteer, Gomez 
clocked over 200 volunteer hours through the Davis Food Co-op and the Davis 
Children's Nutcracker as a group leader. His path has been challenging, as his 
older brother, James, suddenly passed away in 2013 at the age of 20 years old. 
Gomez said his brother's death had a profound impact on him, but he persevered 
to succeed and achieve a 3.84 GPA. (photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / 
released)
Frederick C. Branch Scholarship Recipient
DAVIS, Calif. -- John Gomez, a senior at Davis Senior High School, speaks to friends and families after receiving the Frederick C. Branch Scholarship from Sgt. Sean Powers (left), recruiter, Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, and Staff Sgt. William Hafel, IV (right), during a presentation here, May 15, 2015. Gomez plans to attend Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Va. The Frederick C. Branch Scholarship is named after the first African American officer in the Marine Corps. It provides up to $180,000 for college tuition and assistance. Gomez was selected to receive the prestigious Frederick C. Branch Scholarship after competing against other candidates throughout the central valley region. An avid volunteer, Gomez clocked over 200 volunteer hours through the Davis Food Co-op and the Davis Children's Nutcracker as a group leader. His path has been challenging, as his older brother, James, suddenly passed away in 2013 at the age of 20 years old. Gomez said his brother's death had a profound impact on him, but he persevered to succeed and achieve a 3.84 GPA. (photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Anna Sigel, a Marine Corps officer candidate from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, responds to sergeant instructor Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Juradosegovia is from Oxnard, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle-area Marine hopefuls prepare for Officer Candidates School
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Anna Sigel, a Marine Corps officer candidate from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, responds to sergeant instructor Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Juradosegovia is from Oxnard, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, prepares Marine Corps officer candidates to make their beds during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle-area Marine hopefuls prepare for Officer Candidates School
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, prepares Marine Corps officer candidates to make their beds during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, instructs Marine Corps officer candidates before they enter barracks during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The candidates pictured are (left to right) Nicole Compton from Seabeck, Washington; Anna Sigel from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Tess Carlin from Auburn, Washington; and Sydney Williams from Bremerton, Washington. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle-area Marine hopefuls prepare for Officer Candidates School
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, instructs Marine Corps officer candidates before they enter barracks during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The candidates pictured are (left to right) Nicole Compton from Seabeck, Washington; Anna Sigel from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Tess Carlin from Auburn, Washington; and Sydney Williams from Bremerton, Washington. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, observes Marine Corps officer candidates as they prepare to create a formation during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle-area Marine hopefuls prepare for Officer Candidates School
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wa. -- Gunnery Sgt. Agustin Juradosegovia, a sergeant instructor from Oxnard, California, observes Marine Corps officer candidates as they prepare to create a formation during Officer Candidates School preparation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 8, 2015. During the three-day event, Seattle-based sergeant instructors and officer recruiters worked together to physically and mentally prepare candidates for the rigors of OCS, which the candidates will later attend aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Allen Lee, supply chief, 12th
Marine Corps District, leads Marines of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
in a parade during the centennial celebration of Balboa Park, May 9. The
parade took place in the park and culminated with a recreation of a photo
taken 100 years ago of Marines crossing the Cabrillo Bridge during the
Panama-California Exposition in 1915. The 1915 exposition drew millions of
spectators to Balboa Park and put San Diego on the world map. The Marines
were taking part in the centennial celebration event called "The Garden
Party of the Century", which was a free, day-long event that also included
garden tours, music, art and family activities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by
Cpl. Tyler Viglione/Released)
Marines march in parade at Balboa Park.
SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Allen Lee, supply chief, 12th Marine Corps District, leads Marines of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in a parade during the centennial celebration of Balboa Park, May 9. The parade took place in the park and culminated with a recreation of a photo taken 100 years ago of Marines crossing the Cabrillo Bridge during the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. The 1915 exposition drew millions of spectators to Balboa Park and put San Diego on the world map. The Marines were taking part in the centennial celebration event called "The Garden Party of the Century", which was a free, day-long event that also included garden tours, music, art and family activities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Viglione/Released)
SEATTLE -- Sgt. Sean Wicks, the pool program specialist for Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, throws a ceremonial first pitch before a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, and military band performances. Wicks, 26, is from Seattle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Mariners honor military during Salute to Armed Forces baseball game
SEATTLE -- Sgt. Sean Wicks, the pool program specialist for Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, throws a ceremonial first pitch before a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, and military band performances. Wicks, 26, is from Seattle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
SEATTLE -- Maj. Sung Kim (second from left), the commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, poses with local military leaders after being honored before a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, military band performances and ceremonial first pitches thrown out by members of each service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Mariners honor military during Salute to Armed Forces baseball game
SEATTLE -- Maj. Sung Kim (second from left), the commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, poses with local military leaders after being honored before a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, military band performances and ceremonial first pitches thrown out by members of each service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
SEATTLE -- Service members from western Washington State line the base paths during the opening ceremonies of a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, military band performances and ceremonial first pitches thrown out by members of each service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Mariners honor military during Salute to Armed Forces baseball game
SEATTLE -- Service members from western Washington State line the base paths during the opening ceremonies of a Seattle Mariners' Salute to Armed Forces game at Safeco Field here, April 19, 2015. The event included the presentation of commemorative plaques to senior military leaders, a joint-service color guard and flag presentation, military band performances and ceremonial first pitches thrown out by members of each service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Second Lt. Colleen Brown, a California State University of Long Beach graduate, explains the M16-A4 service rifle to United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. Candidates spent three days on Pendleton participating in hikes, classes and obstacle courses. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
Future Marine Corps officers get a taste of OCS
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Second Lt. Colleen Brown, a California State University of Long Beach graduate, explains the M16-A4 service rifle to United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. Candidates spent three days on Pendleton participating in hikes, classes and obstacle courses. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego complete an obstacle course during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
Future Marine Corps officers get a taste of OCS
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego complete an obstacle course during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego participate in a land navigation class exercise during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
Future Marine Corps officers get a taste of OCS
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego participate in a land navigation class exercise during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County participate in a land navigation class exercise during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
Future Marine Corps officers get a taste of OCS
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – United States Marine Corps officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County participate in a land navigation class exercise during Officer Candidate School Prep aboard the installation April 11. OCS Prep is a three-day event modeled to help candidates prepare for the mental and physical challenges of OCS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez)
FULLERTON, Cali., - Approximately 120 athletes participate in drills during the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camp here, March 22, 2015. These Camps are the first phase of the Semper Fidelis Football Program. Open to high schools students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, Semper Fidelis All-American Camps not only hone football skills, but also teach players about Marine Corps values both on and off the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
High School athletes participate in Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camps
FULLERTON, Cali., - Approximately 120 athletes participate in drills during the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camp here, March 22, 2015. These Camps are the first phase of the Semper Fidelis Football Program. Open to high schools students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, Semper Fidelis All-American Camps not only hone football skills, but also teach players about Marine Corps values both on and off the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
ANAHEIM, Calif., - Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Umana, a Marine recruiter with Recruiting Station Orange County’s Officer Selection team, talks to a National Society of Black Engineers career fair participant about the opportunities available in the Marine Corps during the 2015 NSBE Convention March 27, 2015. Investing in a diverse and representative officer corps will help generate and sustain a future force that has cultural expertise, language skill sets and a variety of philosophies needed to meet operational requirements in the Marines. It was also an opportunity to reinforce the idea of the armed forces as viable career option within the African-American community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
Marines team up with National Society of Black Engineers to present career opportunities
ANAHEIM, Calif., - Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Umana, a Marine recruiter with Recruiting Station Orange County’s Officer Selection team, talks to a National Society of Black Engineers career fair participant about the opportunities available in the Marine Corps during the 2015 NSBE Convention March 27, 2015. Investing in a diverse and representative officer corps will help generate and sustain a future force that has cultural expertise, language skill sets and a variety of philosophies needed to meet operational requirements in the Marines. It was also an opportunity to reinforce the idea of the armed forces as viable career option within the African-American community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
FULLERTON, Calif., - Maj. James P. Dollard, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County commanding officer, talks to participants about the importance of enthusiasm during the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camp here, March 22, 2015. These Camps are the first phase of the Semper Fidelis Football Program. Open to high schools students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, Semper Fidelis All-American Camps not only hone football skills, but also teach players about Marine Corps values both on and off the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
High School athletes participate in Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camps
FULLERTON, Calif., - Maj. James P. Dollard, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County commanding officer, talks to participants about the importance of enthusiasm during the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camp here, March 22, 2015. These Camps are the first phase of the Semper Fidelis Football Program. Open to high schools students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, Semper Fidelis All-American Camps not only hone football skills, but also teach players about Marine Corps values both on and off the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
ANAHEIM, Calif., - Sgt. Courtney Swinney, a Marine recruiter from Recruiting Station Orange County, observes as a National Society of Black Engineers career fair attendee participates in a Pull-up Challenge at the Marine Corps booth during the 2015 NSBE Convention March 27, 2015. Investing in a diverse and representative officer corps will help generate and sustain a future force that has cultural expertise, language skill sets and a variety of philosophies needed to meet operational requirements in the Marines. It was also an opportunity to reinforce the idea of the armed forces as viable career option within the African-American community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
Marines team up with National Society of Black Engineers to present career opportunities
ANAHEIM, Calif., - Sgt. Courtney Swinney, a Marine recruiter from Recruiting Station Orange County, observes as a National Society of Black Engineers career fair attendee participates in a Pull-up Challenge at the Marine Corps booth during the 2015 NSBE Convention March 27, 2015. Investing in a diverse and representative officer corps will help generate and sustain a future force that has cultural expertise, language skill sets and a variety of philosophies needed to meet operational requirements in the Marines. It was also an opportunity to reinforce the idea of the armed forces as viable career option within the African-American community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Vanessa Jimenez/Released)
Sgt. Alex Angle, a Marine recruiter in Hayden, Idaho, congratulates Coeur d’Alene High School student athlete Drew Berger on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl during a school visit March 12, 2015. Berger, a highly touted linebacker from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the lone Idaho football player selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Berger will attend Boise State University on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Idaho Marines recognize Coeur d’Alene football star, Boise State Broncos commit
Sgt. Alex Angle, a Marine recruiter in Hayden, Idaho, congratulates Coeur d’Alene High School student athlete Drew Berger on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl during a school visit March 12, 2015. Berger, a highly touted linebacker from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the lone Idaho football player selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Berger will attend Boise State University on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Alex Angle (right), a Marine recruiter in Hayden, Idaho, congratulates Coeur d’Alene High School student athlete Drew Berger on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl during a school visit March 12, 2015. Berger, a highly touted linebacker from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the lone Idaho football player selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Berger will attend Boise State University on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Idaho Marines recognize Coeur d’Alene football star, Boise State Broncos commit
Sgt. Alex Angle (right), a Marine recruiter in Hayden, Idaho, congratulates Coeur d’Alene High School student athlete Drew Berger on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl during a school visit March 12, 2015. Berger, a highly touted linebacker from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the lone Idaho football player selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Berger will attend Boise State University on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Jeff Otterson, a Marine recruiter in Marysville, Washington, congratulates Marysville-Pilchuck High School student athlete Austin Joyner on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl March 9, 2015. Joyner, a highly-touted cornerback from Marysville, was one of three Washington State football players selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Joyner will attend the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Marines recognize Marysville-Pilchuck football star, Washington Huskies commit
Sgt. Jeff Otterson, a Marine recruiter in Marysville, Washington, congratulates Marysville-Pilchuck High School student athlete Austin Joyner on his participation in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl March 9, 2015. Joyner, a highly-touted cornerback from Marysville, was one of three Washington State football players selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Joyner will attend the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Daniel Pluth (right), a Marine recruiter in Tacoma, Washington, presents a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl certificate to Benning Potoae (center), a senior at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington, together with Lakes football coach Dave Miller March 3, 2015. Potoae, a highly-touted defensive end from Dupont, Washington, was one of three Washington State football players selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Potoae will attend the University of Washington on a football scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Tacoma Marines recognize Lakes High School football star, Washington Huskies commit
Sgt. Daniel Pluth (right), a Marine recruiter in Tacoma, Washington, presents a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl certificate to Benning Potoae (center), a senior at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington, together with Lakes football coach Dave Miller March 3, 2015. Potoae, a highly-touted defensive end from Dupont, Washington, was one of three Washington State football players selected to play in the Jan. 4 game in Carson, California. Following his high school graduation, Potoae will attend the University of Washington on a football scholarship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Students from Logan High School in Logan, Utah, participate in a Marine Corps Combat Fitness test Feb. 11, 2015, as part of their strength and conditioning with the athletics department. The students and coaches used this opportunity to learn more about the Marine Corps and what it takes physically to be a Marine.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Utah Marines Run Combat Fitness Test with High School
Students from Logan High School in Logan, Utah, participate in a Marine Corps Combat Fitness test Feb. 11, 2015, as part of their strength and conditioning with the athletics department. The students and coaches used this opportunity to learn more about the Marine Corps and what it takes physically to be a Marine.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Students from Logan High School in Logan, Utah, participate in a Marine Corps Combat Fitness test Feb. 11, 2015 as part of their strength and conditioning with the athletics department. The students and coaches used this opportunity to learn more about the Marine Corps and what it takes physically to be a Marine.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
Utah Marines Run Combat Fitness Test with High School
Students from Logan High School in Logan, Utah, participate in a Marine Corps Combat Fitness test Feb. 11, 2015 as part of their strength and conditioning with the athletics department. The students and coaches used this opportunity to learn more about the Marine Corps and what it takes physically to be a Marine.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)
First Lieutenant Chris Rose, a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar instructor and research monitor with the Amphibious Assault Vehicle School, explains the rules of a critical thinking event at the Sanford Education Center in San Diego Feb. 19. Each event during the MCLS had Marines critiquing team leaders on performance, communication and item completion. For more information regarding the MCLS, visit www.manpower.usmc.mil/MCLS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erica Kirsop)
Marine Leadership Seminar Practical Exercise
First Lieutenant Chris Rose, a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar instructor and research monitor with the Amphibious Assault Vehicle School, explains the rules of a critical thinking event at the Sanford Education Center in San Diego Feb. 19. Each event during the MCLS had Marines critiquing team leaders on performance, communication and item completion. For more information regarding the MCLS, visit www.manpower.usmc.mil/MCLS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erica Kirsop)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Mason V. Meyer (center), of Platoon 2106, Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, poses for a photograph with, his recruiter Sgt. Benjamin R. Saraceno (left), Recruiting Sub Station Reno, Recruiting Station Sacramento, 12th Marine Corps District, and his Senior Drill Instructor SSgt. Vicenti R. Ervin (right), of Platoon 2106, Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion after a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Feb. 27. Meyer, of Reno, Calif., received the Chesty Puller award and was named Company Honor Graduate from Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kent Springfield/Released)
Company E Honorman
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Mason V. Meyer (center), of Platoon 2106, Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, poses for a photograph with, his recruiter Sgt. Benjamin R. Saraceno (left), Recruiting Sub Station Reno, Recruiting Station Sacramento, 12th Marine Corps District, and his Senior Drill Instructor SSgt. Vicenti R. Ervin (right), of Platoon 2106, Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion after a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Feb. 27. Meyer, of Reno, Calif., received the Chesty Puller award and was named Company Honor Graduate from Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kent Springfield/Released)
Sgt. Major John Paul Doring, Recruiting Station Los Angeles Sergeant Major,
speaks to future Marines during a female pool function at the Sherman Oaks
Park, Feb. 21. As a former drill instructor, Doring opened up the floor for
questions from the young women who will soon become United States Marines.
During the physical training session, poolees participated in various
exercises to prepare their bodies for the rigors of boot camp. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michele Hunt/Released)
RS LAX Pool Function
Sgt. Major John Paul Doring, Recruiting Station Los Angeles Sergeant Major, speaks to future Marines during a female pool function at the Sherman Oaks Park, Feb. 21. As a former drill instructor, Doring opened up the floor for questions from the young women who will soon become United States Marines. During the physical training session, poolees participated in various exercises to prepare their bodies for the rigors of boot camp. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michele Hunt/Released)
Marine Band San Diego's jazz combo performs during a concert for Central Washington University students in Ellensburg, Washington, Feb. 17, 2015. Following an intensive audition and screening process, Marine Band applicants attend recruit training and Marine Combat Training. Next, they attend a six-month basic music course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, where they study theory, ear training, private instrumental lessons, ensemble instruction and marching techniques. When their initial training is complete, they are assigned to one of 12 field bands in the continental U.S., Hawaii or Japan. The Marine Corps also supports "The Commandant's Own" Drum & Bugle Corps and "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Marine Band performs for Central Washington University students in Ellensburg
Marine Band San Diego's jazz combo performs during a concert for Central Washington University students in Ellensburg, Washington, Feb. 17, 2015. Following an intensive audition and screening process, Marine Band applicants attend recruit training and Marine Combat Training. Next, they attend a six-month basic music course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, where they study theory, ear training, private instrumental lessons, ensemble instruction and marching techniques. When their initial training is complete, they are assigned to one of 12 field bands in the continental U.S., Hawaii or Japan. The Marine Corps also supports "The Commandant's Own" Drum & Bugle Corps and "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
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Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District
Colonel Eric C. Hastings
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Sergeant Major Willie T. Ward III
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