Echo Company Graduation



New U.S. Marines of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, August 27, 2021. Graduation took place at the completion of the 13-week transformation including training for drill, marksmanship, basic combat skills and Marines Corps customs and traditions. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Tyler A. Ware)

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Lance corporal many is a two year old full blooded English, bulldog owning Fallbrook California on July 9, 2000 and 18. His named in honor of sergeant johnny are mainly to see one of the original 29 Navajo code talkers who trained in the first are a Navajo platoon. The report the depot in 1942. Sergeant man willing to help create the code that the novel was developed that can help now Marine Corps air station Miramar, he became an instructor, teaching other Navajo marines. The Navajo code later sergeant Manolito participated in the battle of the regime for Marine signals officer stated had it not been for the codes offers, we would have never taken the regime. Lance Football many continues the tradition of a long line of mascots Adam, Sandy san Diego dating back to 1939 when Major General Smedley Butler introduced James jolly plum duff as the first mascot here at the Marine Corps recruit depot. He is being escorted by the office of communication and Lance corporal Grace J. Kendrick. Mhm Stop fun please. Yeah. Oh yeah, yeah, standard. Hey, spiritual development plays an important part in the making of a United States Marine Lieutenant, junior grade Amy roof Brian chaplain corps. United States Navy will deliver the graduation prayer. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise, Yeah, let us pray Holy one. On this day a great celebration. We give you thanks for these young men of Echo company who have earned the title marine. We give you thanks for the gifts and abilities you have given to each one of them which they now bring to strengthen our core. We give you thanks for the drill instructors, company commanders and battalion leadership who have shaped and molded these young men into marines. We are grateful this day for the families who have supported them every step of the journey for their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. We give you thanks. We ask the holy one that you be with these new marines as they continue on in their training. Keep them safe and bless them, remind them to be always faithful to their country, to their core, to each other and to themselves just as you o Holy One are always faithful. Bless our nation. Bless these new marines and God bless the United States Marine Corps. All men. Thank you. He’s recently. Mm Yeah. Yes, the Commanding General, Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. Welcome to. To what is a historic event in the life of a marine. Their graduation from Booky approximately 40 weeks each year. For the past 100 years there marines have departed san Diego for service with units of the Marine Corps around the globe. The primary mission of the recruit depot is to provide basic train to recruit enlisted west of the Mississippi which represents approximately 51% of all applicants in the Marine Corps. Each year. The depot is also home to a previously and drill instructor school All our efforts here are geared toward one and producing America’s finest fighting force. The United States Marines. This morning. Company Ive second recruit training battalion recruit training regimen will form in march in the parade following the passed in review. The graduating marines will return front and center of the reviewing stand for final dismissal. The staff for today’s parade is comprised of marines from the recruit training regimen. The commander of troops is Captain Joel S. Adrian. Company commander Company Second recruit training baton. The parade adjutant is captain Charlie W. Strobe serious commander. Company E second recruit training baton work through training regiment. Mhm. Yeah. Better the marching units are now being called to attention and the Addison’s command sound a Johnson’s call will begin to pay story. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Watching in today’s parade or 417 of the graduating marines from company. Even amongst the 417 marines or terra marines. Green displayed outstanding performances in two individually created events five and first class Ashlyn A Lewis from platoon 2111 is the company high scoring in 343 out of 350. Private Lucas England. How hopeless. Early 2113 is the most physically fit marine will be receiving an award from the Marine Corps Association and Foundation. Also president today it’s the company honor graduates were heard staff sergeant I leave window also present today is the primary marksmanship instructor with the material high average sergeant, Brian wright recruit training, issue products of subjects required to produce basic marines who function effectively endorsed our training and rudimentary individual field and calm masters and practice the personal and professional traits which distinguish them as marines. Examples of these traits are yes, the achievement of the state of discipline which assured respect for authority, instant and William obedience to orders and the self-reliance to maintain or improve those tricks which exemplify a marina military bearing, consistently demonstrating military presence and personal awareness as well as the proper wearing and maintenance of uniforms, a screw decor, acquiring the common spirit of the marine corps that as far as enthusiasm to motion problem initiated. two more aggressiveness, determination, moral courage, integrity, camaraderie And the burning desire to work with and four others toward excellence in common goals. For 244 years, Marines have fought and won whenever and wherever the nation calls in the harshest conditions, over the most brutal terrain and against the most formidable enemies, marines defend the ideals of freedom with written and tenacity. The battlefield is change and capabilities evolved. History proves that true victory comes from the individual marine was still and resolve the drive to overcome any obstacle and the warrior spirit to fight on against all odds. It takes that steadfast faithfulness, simplified Ellis to core country and each other that abounds throughout our story. Lacey okay marines today remain in combat forward deployed throughout the world confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty and faithfulness. They are resolved to be most ready when the nation is least ready to defend freedom anytime and anywhere to say I’m ready to aid those devastated by natural disasters to pay tribute to those who are forged our publics and to honor the families and loved ones who faithfully stand beside us for the marines of company Today marks the end of the 14 recruit trans cycle. They have marched talented smiles at Hamilton and on this for a day and have been trained as are all marines as basic recommend in addition to through intense physical training program. Their strength and endurance have no since their arrival aboard the recruit depot they are marines qualified to take their places in the ranks of the world’s finest by organization. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Direction. Okay dr I want to say. Mhm. Yeah the platoons are now being alarmed from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade. Yeah mm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Party. Mhm. You couldn’t. Mhm. Okay today. Yeah. God no. Oh yeah. Yeah the next portion of the ceremony will be our national and we welcome veterans and members of the armed forces to join us in rendering appropriate honors with a military salute. Mhm. For guests who have not served in the military, his proper etiquette during the national anthem to place their right hand over their hearts and for those in the audience wearing head here to remove it. The guests please rise for the presentation of the colors. Mhm If you Mhm Okay. Mm. Yeah, I know. Yeah. Thank you. Right. Mhm. Mhm Uh huh. It’s okay. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mm hmm. Mhm Oh what? Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem, Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Thank you. That means we see. Mhm Yeah. Mhm. Following the command parade rest, the parade Addison will give the command sound off which signals the band to parade forward of the assembled marines while playing military marching music. Mhm No, no, I know. Yeah. Mhm, mm hmm. Thank you. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Okay. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. And mm hmm. Yeah. Mhm, mm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah, sure. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yes. Yeah. Mhm. Beach. Mm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Uh huh. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. What? Um Yeah. What? Mhm Oh the parade adjective now presents the a simple command to the commander of troops ready to. Mhm. What was this? Mhm. Mhm Oh Oh yeah, report like that. Mhm, serious. 2109 Oh present one of the people. Mhm Oh okay. Okay. Who? Headquarters? No. 27. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. What? Uh huh. Yeah. No. Right. Yeah. Oh. Mhm Hard. Too many officers, Senator March. all unit commanders and got out of bearers March the front and center of the formation. Historically it was at this point that commanding officers would issue orders and instructions to the unit commanders following this. Unit leaders would face about return to their units and pass the information along to their marines. Not a good idea. Mhm. Mhm. Independence. Mhm. Mhm. Mr. Well. Oh. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mm. Oh what? Uh huh. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Stop. Mm. No. Yes. Yeah. Yeah mm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you. Right. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. No. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. All. Mhm Well stop. Mhm. Oh right. Throughout our nation’s history millions of men and women have earned the title United States Marine. Being of help shape our history, join us here today in keeping with the tradition of what’s the marine? Always a marine. We would like to to recognize them at this time. Those in the audience who have served as marines. Please rise different people and yes, thank you there you see ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for second recruit training. Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel R. Myers. Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you all for being here. I hope you have enjoyed your time here in sunny SAn Diego. This week on behalf of Brigadier General Jason L Morris the commanding general of the western recruiting region and the Marine corps recruit depot here in SAn Diego as well as on behalf of Colonel Joseph W. Jones, the commanding officer of the recruit training regiment. It is my distinct privilege to welcome you to company ease graduation. I’d like to begin my remarks today by recognizing a few groups of individuals. First of all, you, family and friends out there of these new marines standing behind me. I want to personally thank you for all your love and support of them during recruit training Britain has been vital to their success. You gave them the preparation and the foundation to overcome the many mental and physical challenges that they endure here. And you also have instilled in them the courage and commitment to take those initial steps towards to come into the United States Marine and for that we are forever here. The families and legitimate instructors and officers of company who are sitting right here to the right leaning stance. No one knows more than you the time and dedication that it takes to transform civilians into marines. And so I want to personally thank you for your many, many sacrifices that allows these drill instructors and officers before a mission that is absolutely critical to our national security. Hey, our Marine Corps. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give these family members around the law. I’d also like to recognize today’s parade reunion. Official. Pretty real Jason G. Woodworth whose impressive bio you here shortly. Brigadier General Woodworth is currently serving as the commanding general, the Marine Corps installations West General. It’s an honor to have you here. Thank you for joining us today. You know, making marines is truly a team effort and at the very forefront of that effort our recruiters sprinkled across this great country lives. We could not do our job here on the depo. It wasn’t for our recruiters finding and saving us. Qualified applicants possess that strong desire become the United States Marine Today they are represented here by assassin and one daughter who from Queens Creek Arizona. He was responsible for finding and setting us a couple. Another man when I spoke on the year, I’d also like to recognize the combat instructors and marksmanship instructors from weapons still training battalion who trained many of our recruits in the combat skills and marksmanship skills necessary to become the United States Marine Today. They are represented here by Sergeant Wright who was the primary marksmanship instructor For the company’s high shooter private 1st class Lewis. Let’s give these two gentlemen around the boss. Now I have one more group that I’d like to recognize and I’m gonna tell you that this group really doesn’t need much of an introduction That the individual standing behind me wearing those distinctive green campaign covers their the legendary Marine Corps drill instructors and from the moment a recruit steps foot here on depo. There’s a drill instructor within 24 hours a day. They are the very heart of what it takes to transform a civilian into marine. And I will tell you, you can ask any marine, especially your numerous, they will tell you they will never, ever forget the name, the face With a gentle, loving voice that’s woken them up every day for the last 13 weeks. There Jones structure and so I encourage you after today’s ceremony, come down if you haven’t already to thank some of these marines for their service, Let’s give him around here. But now I’d like to tell you a little bit about these new marines and a little bit about the training they just went through. You see when they first came to us, they were fit young already in better shape than most people our age On average. They were 19 years old And 98% of them were high school graduates and eight of them even have college degrees. Furthermore, they displayed the courage and commitment that few of there appears to be mustered when they raise their right hand and swore solemn oath to support and defend the constitution and a child here will cost every state and territory in the western recruiting region and 12 other countries across this globe, some coming as far as Kenya in Egypt in the Philippines and others are right here within the city of SAn Diego and when they arrived here, well that’s when steel began sharpened steel as these will instructors forged them through the fires the crucible into a tightly cohesive group. A physically fit, disciplined marines opponent their minds and their bodies until they proved themselves capable of walking long distances across mountainous terrain with minimal food and sleep and while carrying heavy packs to be where they’re needed when they needed to accomplish the mission. It’s because of this because the journey that they have made, the physical Mental and moral development, they have displayed that I am now proud to introduce to you 417 members of company even as our nation’s newest marines. Now excuse me while I turn interest this morning. Just one last time before we conclude today, sir. Good morning marines like I told you before, sorry of Major and I are extremely proud of you every obstacle, every challenge we put in your way, you crushed it and you truly earned the title of the United States Marine when you stepped off that bus and on the legendary yellow footprints for the very first time, these drill instructors focus on instilling discipline, resiliency and our core values in you until you’ve demonstrated our marine attributes of exemplary character and mental and physical toughness. And as you progress in your training, you made it on martial arts program where you earn your tan belts. So you learned how to swim for the very first time in our aquatics program and many of you overcame your fear of heights as you negotiated those high obstacles on our confidence course and obstacle course demonstrating our warfighting, eat those skills and culture. And as a final test you participated in that ruling three day exercise where you were given billets that required you to demonstrate leadership initiative and advise for intelligent action until you fully demonstrated at a level that we expected every single marine, all of our accidents. Now as you travel away from here, I implore you to be safe, be smart, make good decisions like we’ve taught you never forget that even below the anchor that was pressed into the palm of your hand up on top of that Hubert For it represents over 245 years of Marine Corps traditions. You must always be worthy of that legacy and protect what you have learned and so on behalf of the officers, the drill instructors and support personnel here. Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. It is my privilege to give you a traditional Marine Corps party of fair winds and following seats congratulations marines. Semper Fidelis and welcome to our core. Now it’s taking their position in the reviewing area is today’s parade reviewing the fishery, Brigadier general Jason key would work. He is accompanied by very near general Jason L. Morris. Commanding General, Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego and the western recurring region. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Right back. Well. Yeah. Mhm. Oh. Mhm. Right. Right going. Yeah fact. Sure. Sorry. Yeah. So one of them. Oh no. Oh regular General Jason G. Woodworth commanding General Marine Corps insulation West Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California. Greater General Woodworth as a native of Suffield Connecticut and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating in the basic school. Very General Woodworth attended Naval Aviation Flight Train and obtained the military occupational specialty of 70 ft 75 23 Marine Corps Pilot Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VAF F. 18 Very General Woodward has served in a variety of challenging villas and numerous commands to include Serving as a pilot, operations officer and maintenance officer at Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 3 23 Arms Control inspection team team at the Defense Threat reduction Agency in Germany. Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics. Squadron instructor at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma Arizona, pilot and commanding officer at Headquarters and Headquarters. Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar California and the Director of manpower, plans and policy and manpower and Reserve Affairs Brigadier General Woodworth currently serves as the Commanding General for Marine Corps installations, West Marine Corps Base camp Pendleton California. His awards include the legion of Merit with one gold star in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps accommodation. Meddle with one gold star in lieu of second award and the Navy and Marine Corps achievement. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome very original Woodwork. Thank you. Good training for I have sir be back for you. Mhm. Yes. No. Right now. What? Yeah. Mhm. What? No More than a million marines have been trained here in the past 100 years and have departed San Diego for combat in conflicts around the world including places whose names are immediately associated with marine courage and dedication. Names such as Guadalcanal. Oh. Mhm. You and you know Russo in jump chosen reservoir. Okay. So where is he? Yeah. Living on the run on an animal. Uefa Lucia. Mhm moshe. And our most current operations worldwide. It’s worry that is rich in history and tradition and know who you train here. Never for is a sights and sounds. Ladies and gentlemen as the national flag passes directly in front of you, please rise. Once it passes you maybe see gentlemen 33 aircraft weak men. Three core organization you’re going mhm. Mhm. Blood to 2110 Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sgt. Gun Control. Yeah. To 2111 Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Joe Silva Silva. Mhm. Mhm mm. Yeah. Mhm. Regimental color car is led by regimental color sergeant, drill instructor, Sergeant. Nigel. T till Series 2113 Series Commander Captain Zachary. A cheap. Mhm. Go to 2113. Senior drums Roger. Our staff sergeant writer. Yes. Mhm 2114 seen here to film. Shut their seven Sergeant Alden and Mhm mm. Mhm. Two 2,115 senior drill instructor. Staff sergeant. Thank you. Uh huh. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So what brings him has a history dating back to 1859 is a long standing tradition from Greece submits that officials of the music and stand at attention when it is Earth. It is now directed at all marines present and us are constantly saying the words to the first person as marine Ben Marine aircraft wing Braemar performs the marines and well against the problem. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Thanks please receive. Mhm. For the previous graduating today the long hard winter Of the last 13 weeks as well as one whole step into the future of the Marina as they prepare to fill the ranks of our court. They do so with unquestionable support with a high heels and set United States Marine well they will continue to be training to serve as an effective member. I’m gonna read the rifle squad, the attempts initial training that every marine undergoes designed to in school, the fundamental premise that every marine is all right. Yeah. Yeah. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Who’s No. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Ladies and gentlemen at this time we would like to introduce to you the marines responsible for ensuring the success of the difficult transition required to become a marine. The company commander is Captain Joan has Adrian the company first sergeant is first sergeant Miguel Cortez. Ladies and gentlemen please show me. Mhm. The next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring big islands God. But uh uh huh. Uh huh. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Right. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Okay friends. Yeah mm. Uh huh. The guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors. Yeah. Yeah, mm hmm. Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all honor graduates have been recognized. The honor graduates will be presented applying donated by the Marine Corps Association and Foundation. The honor graduate for puts him in 2109 and the company undergraduate is Lance for home in deer from Queen creek Arizona. Lance corporal Ian near is also the recipient of the chesty puller reward for his outstanding meritorious performance while the recruit training. The undergraduate from platoon in 2110 is private first class Romeo a Sanchez from las Vegas Nevada. The other graduate from platoon in 2111 is five and first class Guillermo of it from riverside California. The honor graduate from June 2113 and also the series undergraduate is private first class Diego. S hormonal from el paso Texas. The honor graduate from platoon in 2114 is private first class Edwin Valdez from playing field city Illinois and the honor graduate for platoon 2115 is private first class Adrian C. E. Borrow from Lufkin Texas. Ladies and gentlemen. The honor graduates of company. Huh? Mhm. Yeah. Company first line now. Huh there. Yeah. Hey. Mhm. Hope is on point. Hey guys. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. The company first sergeant will now give the command to the senior drill instructors to dismiss their platoons needless to say this will be the most welcome command they have received throughout the country. Mhm. Good night darling. Yeah. Next back go got. So I. Yeah. Mm. Yeah.

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