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12th Marine Corps District

Securing the Future of the Marine Corps and Changing Lives!

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Securing the Future of the Marine Corps and Changing Lives!
U.S. Marines assigned to 12th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region, pose for a photo after a recognition ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., June 28, 2019. The ceremony was held to recognize Marines who made an impact in their respective recruiting districts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christian Cachola)
U.S. Marines assigned to 12th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region, pose for a photo at Mount Soledad after a physical training event in San Diego, Calif., May 17, 2019.
The Recruiting Station commanders of "Force 12" run to the summit of Iron Mountain in Poway, Calif., during a District Commander's Operations & Training Symposium held April 12, 2019.
U.S. Marine Corps Officer candidates with Officer Selection Office San Jose crawl through mud during a Mini Officer Candidate School at U.S. Army Reserve Camp Parks in Dublin, Calif., March 23, 2019. Mini OCS is designed to give candidates and applicants an idea of what to expect at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christian Cachola)
U.S. Marine Corps Officer candidates with Officer Selection Office Berkeley check their gear during a Mini Officer Candidate School at U.S. Army Reserve Camp Parks in Dublin, Calif., March 23, 2019. Mini OCS is designed to give candidates and applicants an idea of what to expect at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christian Cachola)
The U.S. Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps assembles on the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Parade Deck during the Battle Color Ceremony March 16. The Battle Color Detachment consists of the Drum & Bugle Corps, the Silent Drill Platoon, and the Marine Corps Color Guard who travel and perform throughout the nation, celebrating Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christian Cachola)
"The Recruiting Station Commanders of "Force 12" run the beach trails of Torrey Pines, California, as part of the District Commander's Operations & Training Symposium held 13 Feb 2019."
U.S. Marine Corps Major Adam Taylor, commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, inspects cadets from the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps during the Area 11 Field Meet Championship at Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, Calif., Feb. 2, 2019. Units from across southern California participated in multiple events and were judged on military bearing, knowledge and precision during team events. This is one of the many ways local recruiting commands support their communities and help develop America's youth.
Fresno State University Wrestling Head Coach Troy Steiner (left) and Stanford University Wrestling Head Coach Jason Borrelli (right) exchange challenge coins at the beginning of the Battle on the Midway aboard the USS Midway, San Diego, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christian Cachola)
Staff Sgt. Jennie Castillo stands out side of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration after being awarded the County of Los Angeles Commendation in CA, Oct. 16, 2018. Castillo was awarded the County of Los Angeles Commendation by the Board of Supervisors for applying first aid to a high school student, saving his life.
Staff Sgt. Jennie Castillo poses for a photo with members of the Board of Supervisors from the County of Los Angeles and members of the Los Angeles Police Department at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, CA, Oct. 16, 2018. Castillo is a native of Santa Ana, CA. Castillo was awarded the County of Los Angeles Commendation by the Board of Supervisors for applying first aid to a high school student, saving his life.
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Terry M. Johnson, center, Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District, tosses the coin during the San Diego State University vs. Arizona State University college football game at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, San Diego, Sept. 15, 2018. Marines were recognized throughout the duration of the game for their patriotic service.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mattxyrill Vidal, Administration Clerk, 12th Marine Corps District, waves at the audience during the San Diego State University vs. Arizona State University college football game at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, San Diego, Sept. 15, 2018. Marines were recognized throughout the duration of the game for their patriotic service.
FORCE 12 Commanders seize the summit of Mt. Woodson during a recent Professional Military Education (PME) event in Poway, Calif., July 27, 2018.
Maj. Jonathan Frerichs relinquishes command of Recruiting Station San Francisco to Maj. Clinton Hall, during a change of command ceremony, June 18, 2018. Hall served as operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment prior to assuming command of RS San Francisco. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by Sgt. Nichole Stoehrer/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Brooks W. Boehlert (right) relinquishes command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Portland to Maj. Mark M. Goebel during a change of command ceremony aboard Fort Vancouver, Wa., June 15, 2018. The change of command ceremony represents the changing of authority between outgoing Maj. Boehlert and the incoming Maj. Goebel. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by Sgt. Travis Gershaneck/Released)
Sgt. Raymund Bunker, U.S. Marines All-Marine Wrestling Team, demonstrates different techniques during an after school workout at the Los Alamitos High School with students from the surrounding area of Los Alamitos, Ca. May 15, 2018. The All-Marine Wrestling team held demonstrations and technique clinics in the southern California area to exhibit the Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage and Commitment to young students and aspiring wrestlers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Taylor Schrick)
The U.S. Marines All-Marine Wrestling Team, demonstrates different techniques to students during a lunch-time demonstration at the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Ca. May 16, 2018. The All-Marine Wrestling team held demonstrations and technique clinics in the southern California area to exhibit the Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage and Commitment to young students and aspiring wrestlers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Taylor Schrick)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Enriquez, center, with Company E, 2d Recruit Training Battalion (2D RTBN), Recruit Training Regiment (RTR), poses for a photo with his recruiter Staff Sgt. Elias Guzman, Recruiting Sub-Station Fairfield, Recruiting Station San Francisco, CA, 12th Marine Corps District, and his senior drill instructor Sgt. Cameron M. Ditch, with Company E, 2D RTBN, RTR, after a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., May. 11, 2018. Enriquez received the Chesty Puller award and was named company honor graduate from Company E, 2D RTBN. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander L. Gist)
Oregon Navy and Marine Corps enlistees stand in formation before their Oath of Enlistment aboard the future USS Portland (LPD 27) in Portland, Oregon, April 19, 2018. Portland is the U.S. Navy’s 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It is the third ship to bear the name USS Portland; however, it is the first ship to be named solely for Oregon’s largest city. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steven Tran)
Maj. Brooks W. Boehlert addresses guests before Oregon Navy and Marine Corps enlistees recite the Oath of Enlistment aboard the future USS Portland (LPD 27) in Portland, Oregon, April 19, 2018. Portland is the U.S. Navy’s 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It is the third ship to bear the name USS Portland; however, it is the first ship to be named solely for Oregon’s largest city. Boehlert, from Siletz, Oregon, is the commanding officer of Recruiting Station Portland, Oregon. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steven Tran)
Marines with the 12th Marine Corps District supported the Women in Aviation International Symposium in Reno, Nev., March 22 – 24, 2018, by educating the public on air capabilities and opportunities within the Marine Corps. The event brought together aviators from around the world and celebrated the 100th anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps. (Courtesy photo by Capt. Maureen Krebs.)
Marines with the 12th Marine Corps District supported the Women in Aviation International Symposium in Reno, Nev., March 22 – 24, 2018, by educating the public on air capabilities and opportunities within the Marine Corps. The event brought together aviators from around the world and celebrated the 100th anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps. (Courtesy photo by Capt. Maureen Krebs.)
Female poolees of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County maneuver through the Leadership Reaction Course during an annual function at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Mar. 10, 2018. This function brought together young women from across southern California to experience aspects of recruit training in order to provide insight and understanding as to what they'll endure at the depot for 13 weeks. Roughly nine percent of women serve in the United States Marine Corps, the smallest percentage of females in any branch of service. This makes it very important to bring these young women together and learn about specific aspects of life as a Marine, such as hair, hygiene, physical fitness and culture.
Maj. Adam Taylor, commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, and Sgt. Maj. Jason Politte, the station sergeant major, lead their female poolees to Edison Range during an annual function at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Mar. 10, 2018. This function brought together young women from across southern California to experience aspects of recruit training in order to provide insight and understanding as to what they'll endure at the depot for 13 weeks. Roughly nine percent of women serve in the United States Marine Corps, the smallest percentage of females in any branch of service. This makes it very important to bring these young women together and learn about specific aspects of life as a Marine, such as hair, hygiene, physical fitness and culture.
Maj. Brooks Boehlert, Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Portland, presents two students with NROTC scholarship checks at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Musher’s Banquet in Anchorage, Alaska. The Marine Corps partnered with the Iditarod for the first time, this year, to build a long-lasting connection and to demonstrate shared values such as honor, courage and commitment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Capt. Maureen Krebs/Released)
Master Gunnery Sgt. Luis M. Aguilar, renders a salute during the National Anthem at his retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Feb. 23, 2018. The retirement ceremony was held to honor Aguilar for his 28 years of honorable and faithful service to the United States Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Taylor Schrick)
The 12th Marine Corps District conducted District Spouse Orientation Course 1-18 (DSOC) aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018. The DSOC provides Marines and their spouses a broad spectrum of tools to help them transition into the Marine Corps' recruiting field. The spouses came from across the district to build connections and network with fellow spouses. (U.S. Marine Corps Imagery by Cpl. Jesus McCloud)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Terry M. Johnson, Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, presents Ms. Gloria Pettis with a Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for her 36 years of faithful and dedicated federal service, Dec. 21, 2017. Ms. Pettis served as the Financial Management Analyst for the 12th Marine Corps District for almost 25 years.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler L. Archambeault, right, with Company F, 2d Recruit Training Battalion (2D RTBN), Recruit Training Regiment (RTR), poses for a photo with his senior drill instructor Staff Sgt Ryan. S. Jackson with Company F, 2D RTBN, RTR, after a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Dec. 15, 2017. Archambeault received the Chesty Puller award and was named company honor graduate from Company F, 2D RTBN. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander L. Gist)
U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William M. Jurney, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, presents Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Umana, Assistant for Officer Procurement Operations Chief, 12th Marine Corps District, with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during the Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Annual National Officer Selection Officers training seminar aboard MCRD San Diego, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017. The OSOs were recognized for superior achievement in locating, contracting and shipping qualified officer candidates throughout Fiscal Year 2017.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jessica Shearer, Communication Officer, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, interviews students at the National Society of Black Engineers Symposium in Garden Grove, Calif., November 18, 2017. During the symposium Marines interact with collegiate-level students from across the country whom have shown outstanding qualities in education and leadership. By investing in a diverse and representative officer corps, it will help generate and sustain a future force that has the cultural expertise, language skills, and a variety of philosophies needed to meet the operational requirements of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/Released)
12th Marine Corps District's senior leadership hosted members of the Australian Army Recruiting Headquarters at a question and answer session about the Marine Corps' recruiting procedures aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif, Nov. 7, 2017. 12th MCD shares with our counterparts how to “locate, close-with and contract, enlist, access, and ship the highest quality of men and women our country has to offer.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud)
GySgt. Jason Knuckles, Small Ensemble Leader, Parris Island Marine Band, performs a solo during a concert with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra at University of Redlands, Oct 13, 2017. The orchestra features top Marine musicians from throughout the Corps. They tour annually to share their music, culture, and patriotism with public audiences. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
Sgt. Michael Borowski, a muscian with Marine Band San Digeo, performs along side the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra at a concert at California Baptist University, Oct 13, 2017. The orchestra features top Marine musicians from throughout the Corps. They tour annually to share their music, culture, and patriotism with public audiences. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
Staff Sgt. Alfredo Torres, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, places a ka-bar and rifle, in honor of the fallen Marines from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, during the opening ceremony of the Honor Bowl Championship Game at Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, Sept. 2, 2017. The Honor Bowl is an elite football tournament which highlights some of the most talented high school teams across the country, and honors service members both killed and wounded in action. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
U.S. Marines with Recruiting Station San Diego, Color Guard present the colors during the opening ceremony of the Honor Bowl Championship Game at Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, Sept. 2, 2017. The Honor Bowl is an elite football tournament which highlights some of the most talented high school teams across the country, and honors service members both killed and wounded in action. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
From left to right, Marine Corps Sgt. Herbert Cosio, Sgt. Austin Elder, Sgt. Michael Thomas and Sgt. Martin Minner retire the colors during a Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints pre-season game at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif., Aug. 20, 2017. Marines of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County presented a Color Guard for their local football team to support the players and more importantly the community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
U.S. Marines of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County present the colors during the National Anthem presentation at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif., Aug. 20, 2017. The Color Guard supported the Los Angeles Chargers vs. the New Orleans Saints pre-season game to show support for their local football team and more importantly the community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
Force 12 Commanders seize the summit of Mt Woodson (a.k.a. Potato Chip Rock), during recent PT/PME event at District HQ, July 26, 2017.
Marine Corps Sgt. Kelvin Gonzalez calls out Vitali Andreev's time during a combat fitness test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 13, 2017. Andreev is a teacher for Rosary Academy in Fullerton, Calif., and attended this year's Educators Workshop to get a once in a lifetime, candid look into the U.S. Marine Corps. This all-expense paid workshop immerses teachers, coaches, counselors, principals and band directors into the unknowns of the organization so they may broaden their perspective and pass their experience and knowledge onto their students.
Future Marines from Recruiting Station San Diego take the oath of enlistment and receive NROTC scholarship checks at a pre-game ceremony hosted at Petco Park, San Diego, June 11, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
RS Portland's Commanding Officer and Sergeant Major, Maj. Brooks Boehlert and Sgt. Maj. Mark Wright, lead the motivational run at the RS Portland Annual Pool Function. Poolees within RS Portland gathered at Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Oregon, for an annual 3-day field meet. Poolees were given an opportunity to experience aspects of recruit training to include an introduction to drill instructors and physical training. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
Drill Instructor Sgt. Kelvin Gonzalez, Support Battalion, MCRD San Diego, encourages a Poolee at the RS Portland Annual Pool Function. Poolees within RS Portland gathered at Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Oregon, for an annual 3-day field meet. Poolees were given an opportunity to experience aspects of recruit training to include an introduction to drill instructors and physical training. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard of Recruiting Station Orange County presents colors during the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner in Garden Grove, Calif., April 26, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
Officer Candidates of Recruiting Station Orange County, Recruiting Station Los Angeles, Recruiting Station San Diego and Recruiting Station Riverside, maneuver through the leadership reaction course during the Officer Candidate School preparation weekend at Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2017. In order to prepare applicants for the rigors of OCS, this weekend-long training evolution assists in conditioning and familiarization with the types of endeavors candidates will face at the school.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
A student from Olympian High School, Chula Vista, California, executes as many pull-ups as he can to earn prizes from the pull-up challenge during the anti-bullying ASA tour, April 4, 2017. Marine Corps Recruiters from San Diego, ASA Entertainment staff and professional BMX riders traveled to multiple schools, April 3-7, 2017, to spread anti-bullying awareness and teach students how to prevent and react to different types of bullying. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. William Hester/ Released)
Marine Corps Recruiters of Substation Lakewood present colors during a varsity baseball game at St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, Calif., March 14, 2017.
Staff Sgt. Michael Murray, SNCOIC of Recruiting Sub-Station Gresham, talks with poolees before they began their walk up Angel's Rest Hiking Trail, Portland, March 18, 2017. The poolees climbed 1,450 feet in elevation to the peak of the trail as a way to prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
Recruiting Sub-Station Gresham, stands at the peak of Angel's Rest Hiking Trail, Portland, March 18, 2017.The poolees trekked the 1,450 feet to the peak of the trail as a way to prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Taylor Morton/Released)
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Demarius Jackson, band director, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, performs a solo during a concert with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra at California State University Sacramento, March 10, 2017. The orchestra features top Marine musicians from throughout the Corps. They tour annually to share their music, culture, and patriotism with public audiences. This year’s concert was their first performance in Sacramento. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Harrer)
Musicians with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra perform at the Orange County School of the Arts Concert Hall, Mar. 1, 2017. This is the first of many upcoming performances throughout California that showcase the United States Marine Corps’ gratitude and appreciation for the American people through the power of music, and highlights the talents of Marine musicians in a way that inspires others to join their ranks. Formed in 2008, the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra has included members from the world-renowned “The Commandants Own” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, as well as the 10 elite U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands.
12th Marine Corps District Leaders

Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District
Colonel James B. Conway
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Sergeant Major, 12th Marine Corps District
Sergeant Major Jim E. Lanham
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UNIT NEWS
Battles Won: Marines Make Annual Recruiting Mission By Marine Corps Recruiting Command | October 1, 2019
RS Los Angeles excels to win the War Hammer Award By Sgt. Emily Kirk | June 28, 2019
Marine Recognized for Saving a Life By Cpl. Juan Madrigal | October 22, 2018
East Bakersfield High School Graduate loses more than 70 pounds, becomes a Marine By Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders | August 23, 2017
Afghan Interpreter Earns Elite Title as U.S. Marine By Sgt. Jessica Quezada | June 8, 2017
Keep Fighting By Sgt. Taylor Morton | May 8, 2017
Foothill Technology student paves way for fellow students by earning NROTC scholarship By Staff Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders | April 27, 2017
MISSION STATEMENT

The 12th Marine Corps District, informally referred to as “Force 12”, is comprised of eight regional Recruiting Stations and one Prior-Service Recruiting Station, located across the western U.S., to include Alaska and the Pacific Islands.  The Mission of “Force 12” is to locate, close-with, and contract/enlist/access/ship the highest quality men and women our Country has to offer, into the United States Marine Corps.  While this is our unifying purpose, the Marines, Sailors, and Civilian-Marines of Force 12 see their larger purpose as securing the future of the Marine Corps and changing lives!


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Gilbert Benavidez Jr.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region
gilbert.benavidez@usmc.mil
(619) 524-8816

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