12th Marine Corps District

 

12th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

3704 Hochmuth Ave. Bldg. 8, San Diego, Calif. 92140
12th Marine Corps District Photos
Sgt. Maj. Jason A. Politte (right), the incoming enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, receives the sword of office from Maj. James Dollard, his commanding officer, during a relief and appointment ceremony in Seal Beach, Calif. Jan. 15, 2016. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Spencer J. Beacham, from Dothan, Ala., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Politte.
Orange County Marines bid adieu, welcome new unit leaders
Sgt. Maj. Jason A. Politte (right), the incoming enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, receives the sword of office from Maj. James Dollard, his commanding officer, during a relief and appointment ceremony in Seal Beach, Calif. Jan. 15, 2016. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Spencer J. Beacham, from Dothan, Ala., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Politte.
Sgt. Maj. Spencer J. Beacham (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, renders honors to Lt. Col. Eric C. Hastings, 12th Marine Corps District commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Willie T. Ward III, 12th MCD sergeant major, during a passage of command ceremony in Seal Beach, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016. During the ceremony, Beacham, from Dothan, Ala., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jason A. Politte.
Orange County Marines bid adieu, welcome new unit leaders
Sgt. Maj. Spencer J. Beacham (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, renders honors to Col. Eric C. Hastings, 12th Marine Corps District commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Willie T. Ward III, 12th MCD sergeant major, during a passage of command ceremony in Seal Beach, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016. During the ceremony, Beacham, from Dothan, Ala., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jason A. Politte.
Sergeant Weldon Housley, center, and Staff Sergeant Edwin Salvatierra, right, present a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship check to Jack Beguelin at Buena High School in Ventura, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016. The NROTC scholarship, valued at up to $180,000, will pay for the cost of full tuition, books and other educational fees at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Buena High School student receives NROTC scholarship
Sergeant Weldon Housley, center, and Staff Sergeant Edwin Salvatierra, right, present a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship check to Jack Beguelin at Buena High School in Ventura, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016. The NROTC scholarship, valued at up to $180,000, will pay for the cost of full tuition, books and other educational fees at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Staff Sergeants Anthony and Leslie Hull re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Dec. 10, 2015. This husband and wife duo has been in the Marine Corps for over a decade and plan to stay in as long as they can. The Hull's have recently successfully completed recruiting duty at Recruiting Sub Station Medford, Recruiting Station Portland, 12th Marine Corps District. The Hulls said it was a difficult assignment but their love of the Corps and the support of their family supported them every step. Anthony and Leslie both have been on combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Vernaza/released)
Dynamic Duo
Staff Sergeants Anthony and Leslie Hull re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Dec. 10, 2015. This husband and wife duo has been in the Marine Corps for over a decade and plan to stay in as long as they can. The Hull's have recently successfully completed recruiting duty at Recruiting Sub Station Medford, Recruiting Station Portland, 12th Marine Corps District. The Hulls said it was a difficult assignment but their love of the Corps and the support of their family supported them every step. Anthony and Leslie both have been on combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Vernaza/released)
Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart (left), the incoming enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, receives the sword of office from Maj. Sung Kim, his commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Marines bid adieu, welcome new unit leaders
Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart (left), the incoming enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, receives the sword of office from Maj. Sung Kim, his commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, returns the sword of office to Maj. Sung Kim, his commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Marines bid adieu, welcome new unit leaders
Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, returns the sword of office to Maj. Sung Kim, his commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, renders honors to Maj. Sung Kim, the commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Seattle Marines bid adieu, welcome new unit leaders
Sgt. Maj. Kent Cartmill (center), the outgoing senior enlisted leader of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle, renders honors to Maj. Sung Kim, the commanding officer, during a passage of command ceremony in Seattle Dec. 12, 2015. During the ceremony, Cartmill, from Garden City, Kan., was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and relinquished duties to Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dagenhart. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder)
Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. Maria S. Zalwango, corrects a Marine enlistee during a pool function at Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marine drill instructors, recruiters build esprit de corps with enlistees
Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. Maria S. Zalwango, corrects a Marine enlistee during a pool function at Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marine enlistees from Recruiting Stations Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County conduct a two-mile hike during a pool function at Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marine drill instructors, recruiters build esprit de corps with enlistees
Marine enlistees from Recruiting Stations Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County conduct a two-mile hike during a pool function at Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
A Marine enlistee responds to Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. Maria S. Zalwango’s corrections during a pool function at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marine drill instructors, recruiters build esprit de corps with enlistees
A Marine enlistee responds to Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. Maria S. Zalwango’s corrections during a pool function at Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. During the event, recruiters teamed with drill instructors to mentally and physically prepare enlistees from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County for boot camp and taught classes about military appearance and Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
A Calabasas High School student performs the flexed-arm hang as part of the Marine Corps pull-up challenge during the 2015 ASA High School Tour, Dec. 11, at the high school. During an ASA High School Tour, some of the world’s top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers perform on a state-of-the-art pro half-pipe, while an emcee delivers an anti-bullying and anti-tobacco message. Recruiters from Recruiting Sub Station Granada Hills also attended the event and held a pull-up and flexed-arm hang challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marines, Action Sports Athletes deliver anti-bullying message to LA high schools
A Calabasas High School student performs the flexed-arm hang as part of the Marine Corps pull-up challenge during the 2015 ASA High School Tour, Dec. 11, at the high school. During an ASA High School Tour, some of the world’s top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers perform on a state-of-the-art pro half-pipe, while an emcee delivers an anti-bullying and anti-tobacco message. Recruiters from Recruiting Sub Station Granada Hills also attended the event and held a pull-up and flexed-arm hang challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
BMX biker Coco Zurita performs a stunt in front of hundreds of students at Calabasas High School during the 2015 ASA High School Tour, Dec. 11. The tour is an interactive “extreme” sports show that visits high schools throughout the United States with several of the world’s top professional skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters delivering an anti-bullying and anti-tobacco message. Recruiters from Recruiting Sub Station Granada Hills also attended the event and held a pull-up and flexed-arm hang challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Marines, Action Sports Athletes deliver anti-bullying message to LA high schools
BMX biker Coco Zurita performs a stunt in front of hundreds of students at Calabasas High School during the 2015 ASA High School Tour, Dec. 11. The tour is an interactive “extreme” sports show that visits high schools throughout the United States with several of the world’s top professional skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters delivering an anti-bullying and anti-tobacco message. Recruiters from Recruiting Sub Station Granada Hills also attended the event and held a pull-up and flexed-arm hang challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Sgt. Weldon B. Housley, recruiter of Recruiting Sub Station Ventura, observes as a Santa Paula High School student performs pull-ups during the pull-up challenge at an ASA High School Tour event, Dec. 8, 2015, in Santa Paula, Calif. ASA brings in five of the world's top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders from the X Games to perform on a state-of-the art half-pipe. Marines from RSS Ventura supported the event to inform students about the Marine Corps, and conduct a pull-up challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
ASA High School Tour comes to Los Angeles
Sgt. Weldon B. Housley, recruiter of Recruiting Sub Station Ventura, observes as a Santa Paula High School student performs pull-ups during the pull-up challenge at an ASA High School Tour event, Dec. 8, 2015, in Santa Paula, Calif. ASA brings in five of the world's top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders from the X Games to perform on a state-of-the art half-pipe. Marines from RSS Ventura supported the event to inform students about the Marine Corps, and conduct a pull-up challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Staff Sgt. Edwin O. Salvatierra, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub Station Ventura, talks to Santa Paula High School students during an ASA High School Tour event, Dec. 8, 2015, in Santa Paula, Calif. ASA brings in five of the world's top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders from the X Games to perform on a state-of-the art half-pipe. Marines from RSS Ventura supported the event to inform students about the Marine Corps, and conduct a pull-up challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
ASA High School Tour comes to Los Angeles
Staff Sgt. Edwin O. Salvatierra, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub Station Ventura, talks to Santa Paula High School students during an ASA High School Tour event, Dec. 8, 2015, in Santa Paula, Calif. ASA brings in five of the world's top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders from the X Games to perform on a state-of-the art half-pipe. Marines from RSS Ventura supported the event to inform students about the Marine Corps, and conduct a pull-up challenge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Capt. Terry Herzog, 12th Marine Corps District Adjutant, reads MajGen. John A. Lejuene’s Birthday Message, at the 12th MCD ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6, 2015. The Birthday Message is read at every Marine Corps Ball and established that a reminder of the honorable service of the Corps be published by every command, to all Marines throughout the globe, on the Birthday of the Corps. (Photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
12th Marine Corps District Ball
Capt. Terry Herzog, 12th Marine Corps District Adjutant, reads MajGen. John A. Lejuene’s Birthday Message, at the 12th MCD ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6, 2015. The Birthday Message is read at every Marine Corps Ball and established that a reminder of the honorable service of the Corps be published by every command, to all Marines throughout the globe, on the Birthday of the Corps. (Photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
Sgt. Braydon Clendenning, from the 12th Marine Corps District Admin Office, lights a candle on the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action table setting in honor of the sacrifices Marines have made throughout history, during the 12th MCD’s ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
12th Marine Corps District Ball
Sgt. Braydon Clendenning, from the 12th Marine Corps District Admin Office, lights a candle on the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action table setting in honor of the sacrifices Marines have made throughout history, during the 12th MCD’s ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
Gunnery Sgt. Roberto Castillo, Recruiting Station Los Angeles Military Entrance Processing Station liasion, poses for a photo with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, Nov. 11, 2015, for a Veterans Day tribute at the Rock and Brews in El Segundo, Calif. The event was televised on KTLA Morning News. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley host Veterans Day tribute
Gunnery Sgt. Roberto Castillo, Recruiting Station Los Angeles Military Entrance Processing Station liasion, poses for a photo with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, Nov. 11, 2015, for a Veterans Day tribute at the Rock and Brews in El Segundo, Calif. The event was televised on KTLA Morning News. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
GySgt. Allen Lee (left) and SSgt. Joseph Ford, from the 12th Marine Corps District Supply Office, pose for pictures before performing in the sword detail at the 12th MCD’s ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6 2015. The Marine Corps Ball celebrates the birth of the Marine Corps and is a unifying tradition held by Marine commands all over the world. (U.S. Marine Corps photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
12th Marine Corps District Ball
GySgt. Allen Lee (left) and SSgt. Joseph Ford, from the 12th Marine Corps District Supply Office, pose for pictures before performing in the sword detail at the 12th MCD’s ball ceremony in San Diego, Ca. Nov. 6 2015. The Marine Corps Ball celebrates the birth of the Marine Corps and is a unifying tradition held by Marine commands all over the world. (U.S. Marine Corps photo provided by SSgt. Joseph Ford)
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, presents Sgt. Jose Morales, recruiter from Recruiting Sub Station Downey, with his challenge coin, Nov. 6, 2015, after winning rookie recruiter of Recruiting Station Los Angeles. The commandant flew in to Los Angeles to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum, and upon landing at the Camarillo airport, he recognized the Marines for their hard work and dedication in recruiting efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
CMC recognizes Los Angeles Marines
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, presents Sgt. Jose Morales, recruiter from Recruiting Sub Station Downey, with his challenge coin, Nov. 6, 2015, after winning rookie recruiter of Recruiting Station Los Angeles. The commandant flew in to Los Angeles to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum, and upon landing at the Camarillo airport, he recognized the Marines for their hard work and dedication in recruiting efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Sgt. Kevin Han, recruiter with Recruiting Sub Station Hollywood, Calif., waits to give the command "march" to poolees, individuals who have taken the oath of enlistment, during a World War II Victory Luncheon and Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Oct. 14, 2015. During the celebration, poolees from all branches of the military participated in a swear-in-ceremony, and spoke to World War II veterans about their experiences in the military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
Los Angeles Marines meet with World War II veterans
Sgt. Kevin Han, recruiter with Recruiting Sub Station Hollywood, Calif., waits to give the command "march" to poolees, individuals who have taken the oath of enlistment, during a World War II Victory Luncheon and Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Oct. 14, 2015. During the celebration, poolees from all branches of the military participated in a swear-in-ceremony, and spoke to World War II veterans about their experiences in the military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
The Marines from Recruiting Sub Station Thousand Oaks and Recruiting Station Los Angeles Commanding Officer, Maj. Aixa Dones, right, pose for a photo with Theo Howard after he was presented with a jersey for the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Oct. 8, 2015. (Courtesy photo)
Theo Howard to play in 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
The Marines from Recruiting Sub Station Thousand Oaks and Recruiting Station Los Angeles Commanding Officer, Maj. Aixa Dones, right, pose for a photo with Theo Howard after he was presented with a jersey for the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Oct. 8, 2015. (Courtesy photo)
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 – 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 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, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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