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Recruiting Station Pittsburgh

1st Marine Corps District

1000 Liberty Ave, Rm. 1816, William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Nathan (right) and Michael (left) Wilson graduated recruit training on May 8 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Michael was scheduled to ship off to recruit training March 23, 2015, but instead he shipped off early on February 9. “Staff Sgt. Rondini (Marine in charge of Recruiting Substation York) called me and said ‘Hey we have a slot open and, if you want to leave next Monday,’” said Michael. “It was a little jolt and it became real, real fast.”
PITTSBURGH--Sgt. Kemmala S. Kelsey reflects on her path in life that led her to become one of the “Few and The Proud,” at Recruiting Substation Pittsburgh, March 17. “Initially, I was overweight and I couldn’t enlist,” said Kelsey, a supply clerk with Recruiting Station Pittsburgh. “I took that as a personal challenge. So I said to myself, I’m going to lose this weight and I’m going to show the recruiters that I can do this.” Kelsey, who lost the weight, had recently relocated from Jamaica to Chicago. She would eventually join the Marines and travel to Japan, Guam and Spain.
Chief Warrant Office 3 Jeremiah Elsbury (right) and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tony Irene (left)were selected to ride the Zamboni during a Pittsburgh Penguins home game on Jan. 31 at the Console Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins and ATI, through their Military Appreciation Program, recognized Elsbury and Irene by giving them an opportunity to ride on one of the ATI Zambonis and receive a warm welcome on the scoreboard. The Zamboni rides are done during the intermission of each period of the hockey games(Courtesy Photo).
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tony Irene rides the Zamboni during a Pittsburgh Penguins home game on Jan. 31 at the Console Center. The Zamboni rides are done during the intermission of each period of hockey games(Courtesy Photo).
Chief Warrant Office 3 Jeremiah Elsbury, an operations officer with Marine Corps Recruting Command, appeared on the scoreboard during his ride on the Zamboni during a Pittsburgh Penguins home game on Jan. 31 at the Console Center (Courtesy Photo).
Staff Sgt. James J. W. Geiger, front left, salutes in formation during Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, Virginia, Nov. 25. Geiger was the honor graduate from Officer Candidate Class 217. (Courtesy Photo)
Jordan Whitehead is presented his jersey to play in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl during a pep rally at Central Valley High School, Monaca, Pa. Jordan was the only player from the Western Pennsylvania area to be selected for the game. He has also committed to play football at Pittsburgh University next year.
Maj. John M. Hunt takes the organization colors from Sgt, Maj. Adam E. Fraser, rrecruiting station sergeant major, during the Change of Command ceremony at Heinz Field, June 13. Hunt would go on to pass the colors to the incoming commanding officer symbolizing the relinquishing of command.
PITTSBURGH--Joseph Cosentino, a native of and a graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic high school, poses for a picture with the Marines from Recruiting Station Pittsburg after receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for playing in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American bowl from Maj. John Hunt, commanding officer of the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station Pittsburgh, May 15. Following his senior year of high school Cosentino is slated to play for Florida State University, the champions of the 2013 college football season, as a quarterback. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Thomas)
Gunnery Sgt. Josuha D. Boyer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station liaison, is presented with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal March 12 by Col. Jeffrey J. Dill, 1st Marine Corps District commanding officer, for earning the title of Marine Corps Recruiting Command Recruiting Substation staff noncommisioned officer of the year. Boyer earned the award, which included a replica model of the Iwo Jima flag raising, as the SNCOIC of RSS Butler throughout fiscal year 2012.
Educators from the Western Pennsylvania recruiting region participate in a pugil stick bout Feb. 6 during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program brief aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The educator’s workshop is designed to bring local educators face-to-face with the effort and energy needed to make America's Marines.
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RS Pittsburgh Leadership
Sergeant Major Edward M. Shaffer
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Sergeant Major Shaffer was born on 8 June 1976 in Akron, Ohio. He moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Marine Corps on 18 November 1997. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and was promoted to Private First Class. Sergeant Major Shaffer reported to the School of Infantry on Camp Geiger, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training. In March 1998 completed Marine Combat Training and reported to Camp Johnson, North Carolina for Basic Warehousing School and was assigned the MOS of 3051 Warehouse clerk.

In April 1998, he reported to 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Supply Company for duty as a warehouse clerk. In May 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and attended Cpl’s Course. In November 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and attended Sgt’s Course. After Sgt’s Course he reported to Recruiting School and upon completion he was assigned to Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginia, Recruiting Sub-Station Xenia, Ohio as a Canvassing Recruiter. In 2004 he finished 2nd for Recruiter of the year for RS Charleston. In January 2005, he was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

In June 2006, he reported to Marine Air Control Group 28, Marine Tactical Air Control Squadron 28 (MTACS-28), where he held billets of Supply Officer, Supply Chief, Warehouse Chief and Equal Opportunity Representative. In April 2007, he attended the Supply Chief’s Course and Career Course in July of 2007. Then he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with MTACS-28 in July 2007 and again in January 2009. While deployed to Iraq he served as the Supply Officer, Supply Chief, and Warehouse Chief for MTACS-28 forward.

In May 2010, he reported to 3d Supply Battalion, 3d Supply Company, Okinawa, Japan. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in August 2010. He attended Advanced Course in August 2010. While assigned to 3d Supply Battalion he held the billets of Warehouse Chief and Company Gunnery Sergeant. While in Okinawa he was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion to serve as the Operations Chief and Guard Chief for Camp Kinser. In May 2013, he was assigned to Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia as a Coordination Liaison Assessment Training Team member. While assigned to Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group he attended the Defense Language Institute on Dam Neck to study Modern Standard Arabic.

In September 2014, he was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned to 8th Communication Battalion and served in Company C and Company A. In March 2015, he attended the Senior Enlisted Primary Military Education Course in Quantico, Virginia. While assigned to 8th Communication Battalion, in February 2016 he deployed to Norway in support of Operation Cold Response. 

In April 2017, he reported to Air Control Training Squadron, Twentynine Palms, California to serve as the Squadron Sergeant Major.

In June 2018, he was transferred to Communication Training Battalion, Twentynine Palms, California to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Sergeant Major Shaffer’s decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold star in lieu of 4th award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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