Alpha Company Graduation Ceremony

New U.S. Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, October 1, 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: Lance Cpl. Cristian G. Torres)


Development plays an important part in the making of the United States Marine Lieutenant, junior grade Amy route Brian chaplain corps. United States Navy won’t they will deliver the graduation prayer. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise. Let us pray holy one. On this day of great celebration. We give you thanks for these young men of Alpha 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 may now bring to strengthen our marine form. We give you thanks for the drill instructors, company officers 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 their journey for their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. We give you thanks, we ask. Oh holy one that you be with these new marines as they continue in their journey. 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. Well then, yeah, thank you who is missing. Thank you. The Commanding General, Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. Walking towards a historic event in the life of a Marine. Their graduation from boot camp Approximately 40 weeks each year. For the past 100 years. New 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 training to recruits enlisted west of the Mississippi, which represents approximately 51% of all applicants in the Marine Corps each year. The depot is also home to recruiters and drill instructor school. All our efforts here are geared toward one end producing America’s finest fighting force. The United States Marine Corps this morning can be a first recruit training between recruit training regiment will form in March in the parade following the passing review. The graduating marine will return front and center of the reviewing stand for final dismissal. The staff for today’s parade is comprised the marines from the recruit training regimen. The commander of troops is First Sergeant Bridges, E. Government Company, 1st Sergeant Company, A First Recruit Training Battalion. The parade Addison is Sergeant David a basic concept drill instructor company, a first recruit training, design, working training regimen. Mhm. Yeah. The margin units are now being called to attention and the adjutants Command. Sound adjutants call will begin today’s parade. Mhm. Great for everything you want to. Mhm. Marching in today’s parade or 489 of the graduating Marines from company a amongst the foreign 89 marines are two marines who displayed outstanding performance into individually graded events. Private first class Benjamin and Rendon from close to 1000 and 13 is the company high shooter. So I got 349 out of 350. Private first class Justin A. Leslie from butchered 1015 is the most physically fit marine scoring a 300 out of 300 in the both the physical fitness test and combat fitness center. They will be receiving an award from the working poor Association and foundation. Also present today is the company on a graduate recruiter. Staff sergeant Joshua are Anton osa Not present today. Well worth recognizing is the primary marksmanship instructor with a platoon high shooting average of 227 for platoon 1013 sergeant Fernando. A family recruit training is comprised of subjects required to produce. Basic marine who function effectively endorsed. Are trained in rudimentary individual field in combat skills and practice the personal and professional traits which distinguish them as marines. Examples of these traits are discipline, the achievement of the state of discipline which assures respect for authority instant and willing obedience to orders and the self reliance to maintain or improve those traits which exemplify a marine. Yeah. Military bearing, consistently demonstrating military presence and personal awareness as well as the proper wearing and maintenance of uniforms that’s free to court, acquiring the common spirit of the marine corps. That is something that inspires enthusiasm, devotion, pride and mission. Teamwork, aggressiveness, determination, moral courage, integrity. Come on And the burning desire to work with and four others towards excellence in common goals. For 245 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 grit and tenacity. Bill battlefields changed and capabilities evolved. History proves that true victory comes from the individual marine was steeled, resolved that drive to overcome any obstacle and the warrior spirit to fight on against all odds. It takes that steadfast faithfulness, simplified Dallas to core country and each other that are balanced throughout our storied legacy marines today remaining combat for deployed throughout the world confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty and faithfulness. They are resolved to be the most ready when the nation is least ready to defend freedom anytime and anywhere to stand ready to aid those devastated by natural disasters to pay tribute to those throughout forwards are proud legacy and to honor the families and loved ones who faithfully stand beside us for the marines of company A Today marks the end of the 13 weeks for crew training cycle. Yeah. Yeah. Morris countless miles camp Pendleton and on his parade and I’ve been trained as are all marines as a basic right for me. And it isn’t due to an intensive physical training program. Their strength and endurance have doubled since their arrival aboard the recruit depot. They are marines qualified to take their places in the ranks of the world’s finest fighting organization. Oh. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Right. Mhm. Yeah. Mm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm mm. Okay. From the beginning yeah. Mhm. Mhm. The platoons are now being aligned from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The next portion of the ceremony will be our national anthem. We welcome veterans and members of the armed forces to join us in rendering appropriate honors with the military salute. For guests who have not served in the military it is proper etiquette during the national anthem to place the right hand over their hearts and for those in the audience wearing headgear to remove it. Will the guests please rise for the presentation of the colors? Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem. No. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm mm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. All right, okay. Yeah. Right. No. Yeah. Right. Right. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Thank you please. Good seated shoot. Yeah. Following the command Perroud risk the parade. Adjutant will give the command and sound off which signals the band to parade forward of the assembled marines while to the military marching? Yeah. Yeah. Mr. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Mhm mm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. And okay. Yeah. Mhm mm. Mhm mm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm mm. Okay mm. Yeah mm hmm. Oh Mhm. This is. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. Some kind of mm. Okay mm. Mhm mm. Mhm. Yes. Mhm. Yes. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. It wasn’t yeah. Yeah. Uh huh. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm mm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yes. Okay mm mm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Right. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Hello? Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. The parade Johnson now presents the a symbol command to the commander of troops. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Hi man. Right. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. All right. What? Yeah. Yeah. As you command officer center washed all unit commanders and got unders march to the front and center of the formation. Historically it was at this point, officers would issue orders and instructions to the unit commander. Yeah. Following this the union leaders would face about well done and pass the information along to their marines. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Oh okay. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Man what? Oh yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Oh. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Give up. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. No. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Very good. Right here. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Cool. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. All right. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of men and women have earned the title United States marine many who have helped shape our history, join us here today in keeping with tradition, tradition of what’s the marine? Always a marine. We would like to recognize them at this time. Those in the audience who have served as marines please rise. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for Thursday. Mhm. Thank you. Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for first recruit training. Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Gregory A Grayson. Yeah, well, good morning ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of our commanding general, Brigadier General Morris, Welcome to Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. And the graduation ceremony for alpha Company. Yeah. I’d also like to extend a special welcome to today’s parade reviewing official star Major leading. He joined us from the 15th Marine Expeditionary unit located about 30 miles north of here aboard Camp Pendleton. So major, it’s great to see you welcome ladies and gentlemen. The purpose of today’s ceremony is to recognize these new marines and everything. They’ve accomplished. Their journey began 13 long weeks ago when they stepped on the yellow footprints and committed to become Marines. He arrived as individuals. Perhaps a little. I’m sure of the decision. Let’s stand before you as a confident team of smartly disciplined marines. During the past three months we develop their physical and mental toughness. So the writer of thriving, complex and chaotic environments. They learned essential war fighting skills. The high, countless miles, learned how to operate in the field and completed intensive marksmanship training. They were taught how to decide, act to communicate with initiative, clarity and exceptional judgment and include themselves to the leaders of character who inspired and treat others with dignity and respect. Their training culminated with a rite of passage for the crucible, a grueling 50 for our test of teamwork and endurance. And throughout they came to understand and embrace our core values of honor, courage and commitment with a very clear understanding that being a marine carries a special trust and confidence and the highest expectations of the American people. As you might imagine. This awesome transformation didn’t happen by itself and I’d like to thank those who are involved. First we let you guys each marine serious started long before they got here. Initially their characters, starting with you in your homes and your schools and your communities. I want to thank all the parents, families and friends as well as teachers and coaches for everything you’ve done. I assure you that your love and support was vital to their success. So thank you ladies and gentlemen, yeah, now I’d like to turn your attention to the marines. Writing the distinctive campaign covers our drill instructors. It’s impossible for me to put in the borders of passion work ethic and commitment From the moment recruit arrives, there’s a drill instructor with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they’ve spent every waking hour teaching training mentor in meeting these young men, Ladies and gentlemen, these euros records made a tremendous and lasting impact on your loved one and trust me this line’s well forget the name, let’s face or little voice of their drill instructors. So please join me in a well deserved round of applause from the general structure and also like to thank the families of the drill instructors proceeded just the left of the parade reviewing stand. No group knows better the amount of time and dedication it takes to make marines. Are there drill instructors, Ron duty? These houses and families shouldered all the cooking, cleaning shopping, homework appointments, dog walks. I could go on my wife and I have four wild animals, two of her Children. We completely get simply put, we have, we could have accomplished our mission of making marines without their support. So please join me in a big round of applause for the families of architect. Finally, I’d like to recognize that a highly skilled marksmanship, martial arts, water survival and academics instructors are sectional chaplain Corman, an entire medical team who do an amazing job of ensuring our spiritual, mental and physical readiness and of course the dedicated recruiters who saw potential new marine, the fact that we have one motivator with us this morning. I’d like to recognize the assassin Pantano’s is joining us from riverside California where he recruited today’s arguments, troubles on staff sergeant. Keep up the great work. So anyways and gentlemen, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to address the marines of Alpha Alpha Company one more time, observed Italian commission. Good morning, ladies also coming. Ladies and gentlemen, so yeah, for company, I know it seems like a lifetime ago when you were offered the challenge of becoming a marine when you arrive on your buses and stepped on the yellow footprints. Graduation was the last thing on your mind. You’re probably thinking, What did I get myself into? And how do I get these guys to stop feeling? We have a lot to learn in some very steep hills, decline what you did. You have rightfully earned the title Marine. Be proud of your accomplishment and the uniform you now wear and I’ll leave you with one closing thoughts Whether you sure for four years or 24 years, please remember that. It’s not about you. It’s about all the marines who have gone before you, whose legacy you are now part of. It’s about that Marine States here. What? And you’re right. It’s about all these people in the stands in this great nation which you sword to defend. So serve attire served with courage and service commitment. And you’ll do well, congratulations again, Marines on your tremendous achievement. Please take care of one another and remain semper Fidelis. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you. America’s newest United States Marines. Now taking their position in the reviewing area is today’s for raise reviewing official Sergeant major or angel. A leaving is accompanied by Sergeant major, Paul F Sergeant Major for recruit training regimen. Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. Yeah, sure. Yeah. Sergeant Major Orange, a Sergeant Major, 15th Marine Expeditionary. You Sergeant Major Levy is a native of Charleston south Carolina and intended to recruit training at Marine Corps recruit depot parris island south Carolina In May 1996. After graduation, he reported to the School of Infantry for Marine Corps combat training in Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Upon completion of Marine combat training, he remained at campus June where he attended the financial management School and obtained the military occupational specialty of 34 32. Finance technician, Sergeant Major Levy has served in a variety of challenging billets and humorous commands to include serving as a disputing Kurt, clerk for Marine Corps Security Force battalion Norfolk Virginia. Chief of Staff, Personal assistant and primary driver for headquarters Design, Marine Corps, Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, drill instructor and senior drill instructor at second base Zion recruit training regiment, Marine Corps recruit depot parris island south Carolina, Company gunnery sergeant and operations Chief at headquarters, Company, combat logistics regimen 17 1st Marine logistics group, I don’t believe. First sergeant at third law enforcement, but Science, third Marine expeditionary force headquarters group and as the battalion Sergeant major at third battalion recruit training regiment. Marine Corps recruit depot parris island south Carolina, Sergeant major levy currently serves as the sergeant Major of the 15th. Marine expeditionary. His awards include the meritorious service medal with two gold stars and Luther Award, Navy and Marine Corps commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars and new. 1/4 Award. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Sergeant Major Leader. Yeah. Every gift. Yeah. Mhm mm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Right. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. More than a million marines have been trained here in the past 100 years have departed san Diego for combat and conflicts around the world, including places whose names are immediately associated with marine courage and dedication names such as Guadalcanal. It’s horrible. He was Emma pusok in shock chosen reservoir. Hey something what you said? No Granada Panama. Okay. Go away. Yeah. Somalia, Fallujah Marcia In our most current operations worldwide. This parade deck is rich in history and tradition and no marine trained here ever forgets it’s ice and sounds. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, as the national flag passes directly in front of you, please rise once it passes, you may be seated. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, the commander of troops first Sergeant. Bridget, E bellman company, first Sergeant and the regimental staff. Mhm. Yeah. Go Marine corps. Akiko san Diego California. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Yeah. Ready? Right. Yeah. Mhm serious. 1009 Syria’s chief drill instructor, staff sergeant, Manbo Garcia. Mhm. One you see. Yeah. Oh yeah. Mhm. Bloodshed. 1010 Senior Drilling Sharp staff. So Gabriel Cassio. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Mhm. Honor Close to 1011. Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Thomas, Smiley. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. What? Okay. And. Mhm. Mhm. The regimental color guard is led by regimental color sergeant, drill instructor, sergeant, Jesus or a Gilera. Mhm. Uh huh. Yeah. Series 1013 Series Chief Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant Patrick Harris 4 : 1013. Senior Drill Instructor Sergeant Juan Bermudez. Mhm mm. Yeah. More to 1,014 Senior Drill Instructor, staff Sergeant Fernando. Dark. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Well 1015 Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Nelson Santos. Thank you. Thank. Okay, mm hmm. Yeah. No. Mhm. Mhm. The Marines and has a history dating back to 1815. It is a long standing tradition for marines to face the direction of the music and stand at attention when it is heard. It is now directed that all marines present who have served honorably. Seeing the words for the 1st 1st as marine band san Diego performs the marines hand. Will the guests please rise? Yeah. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Okay mm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah please. The marine corps union message as an elite fighting force is directly attributable to the magnificent efforts of the drill instructors and company officers training provides the biggest thing for you. This plan, the heart and soul of every marine have been developed, nurtured and in grim and recruits through their preference and relationship with their instructor and officers recruit training the very foundation of the court. Each year recruits advise thousands of Americans, young men and women with the basic knowledge and skills to function in a professional characterized by its own set of high values outstanding. The most important thing we do in the marine corps is made marine. The individual marine is the court. That is what we do Of the marine graduating today. The long arduous journey of the last 14 weeks is but a small set into the future of the movie for as they prepared to fill the range of our court. Did you do so with unquestionable support for the ideals and standards of the United States of America in the United States Morgan? Yeah, although healthy. A prepared final dismissal form. Initial training is not over. Mhm relegation. Mhm Yeah, California one day we’ll be trained to serve as an effective member Marine rifle squad. Initial Green that every marine undergo is this, she was still a fundamental problem that every marine is a rifleman. Okay, 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 slater are easily The company. 1st Sergeant is first Sergeant. Bridges E Bellman. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause. For the company south of company. Yeah, yeah, the next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring the guidelines. God where? Mhm. The guidelines have been carried by the opportunities throughout recruit training and are being retired to symbolize the disbanding opportunities. All similar units in the Marine Corps carries such guidelines which identify the unit and our source of pride to each individual member. Note that the honor of carrying these guidelines is bestowed upon those marines who displayed outstanding leadership qualities, motivation and character and were selected as the will to normal graduate. The platoon honor graduates compete for the titles of series. Key company owner graduates, they are considered the top marines graduating today and have demonstrated the highest potential for future leadership and responsibility in the Marine Corps. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Okay mm Why not? Oh the guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors? Yeah. Yeah. Uh huh. Okay. Mhm. Hey. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm mm. Good mm. Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all on their graduates have been recognized. The honor graduates will be presented a plaque donated by the Marine Corps Association and Foundation. The Honor Graduate for Platoon 1009 is Private 1st Class Ethan Anderson from rescue California. The honor graduate for 4 21,010 and this series on a graduate is Private 1st Class Jackson Butler from Dallas Texas. The owner graduate for Platoon 1 11 is Private 1st Class Dylan Lee from Gilbert Arizona. The Honor Graduate for Platoon 1013 is Private 1st Class Alexander Coffee from right would California. The Honor Graduate for Platoon 1014 is private first class Alex zoom zoom from crystal lake Illinois. And the honor graduate for platoon 1000 and 15. And the company undergraduate is Lance corporal Justin R. James from san dimas California. Lance corporal Zhang is also the recipient of the chesty puller award for his outstanding meritorious performance while and recruit training. Ladies and gentlemen, the honor graduates of company A. There are. Okay. Uh huh. Right. Mhm. Oh yeah 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 through our controller. My god. On yeah. North. Yeah. Yeah. For the reasons only 1977 he was staying with a friend from practicing the whole

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