Delta Company Graduation at MCRD San Diego | April 8, 2022

The new Marines of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, graduate at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, April 8th, 2022. Graduation took place at the completion of the 13-week transformation which included training for drill, marksmanship, basic combat skills, and Marines Corps customs and traditions. Following graduation, the Marines were given 10 days of leave before taking the next step in training at the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.


Sergeant Manolito helped create the code that the Navajo has developed at Camp Elliot. 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 Iwo Jima where Marine signals officer stated had it not been for the code talkers we would have never taken Iwo Jima. Corporal Manny continues the tradition of a long line of marine corporal dog mascots dating back to 1921 when Brigadier General Smedley Butler appointed Sergeant Major Jigs as the first bulldog mascot for Marine Corporate’s Quantico. He’s being escorted by the Office of Communication, strategy and operations. Lance corporal max. J. Noel. Mhm mhm, mm hmm. Stop sure. Now sector spiritual development plays an important part in the making of the United States Marine Lieutenant Amy Ruth, Brian chaplain corps, United States Navy 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 company D 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 marine corps. 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 a holy one that you’ll 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. Oh holy ones are always faithful. Bless our nation. Bless these new marines and God bless the United States Marine Corps. Amen, thank you. Please be seated. Here’s the thing. The Commanding General, Marine Corps recruit depot San Diego welcomes you to what is 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 and listed west of the Mississippi, which represents approximately 51% of all applicants in the Marine Corps. Each year, the depot is also home to recruiter school and drill instructor school. All our efforts here are geared toward one end producing America’s finest fighting force. The United States Marines this morning, Company D. First recruit training battalion recruit training regimen will form and march in the parade following the passing review. Their graduating marines will return front and center of the reviewing stand for final dismissal. The step for today’s parade is comprised of marines from worker training regimens. The commander of troops is Captain Kevin A Gomez’s Argha. Company commander. Company D. First recruit training battalion. In the parade adjutant is Captain Matthew J. Williams. Executive officer, Company D. First recruit training battalion recruit training regiment. The marching units are now being called to attention and the adjutants command Sound adjutants call will begin today’s parade. Marching in today’s parade are 348 of the graduating marines from Company D. Among the 348 marines are two marines who displayed outstanding performances in two individually graded events. Private Keaton D smith from platoon 1071 is the company high shooter scoring a 340 out of 350. Lance Corporal Benjamin B. Wilson from Platoon 1073 as the most physically fit marine, scoring a 300 out of 300 on the physical fitness test and the combat fitness test. They will be receiving awards from the Marine Corps Association and Foundation. Okay, okay, President, today is the company honored graduates, recruiter, Staff sergeant, joseph a gringo not present today but worth recognizing is the primary marksmanship instructor with a platoon high shooting average of 223 for platoon 1073 sergeant Thomas J Kelly recruit training is comprised of subjects required to produce basic marines who function effectively in garrison are trained in rudimentary individual field and combat skills and practice the personal and professional traits which distinguish them as marines. Examples of these traits are disciplined, the achievement of a state of discipline which deserves respect for authority instant and willing obedience to orders and the self reliance to maintain or improve those traits which exemplify marine mm hmm. Military bearing consistently demonstrating military presence and personal awareness as well as the proper wearing and maintenance of uniforms, esprit decor, acquiring the common spirit of the marine corps that inspires enthusiasm, devotion, pride, initiative, teamwork, aggressiveness, determination, moral courage, integrity, camaraderie and the burning desire to work with and for others towards excellence and common goals. For 246 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. The battlefields change and capabilities evolve. History proves that true victory comes from the individual marine was still resolved. The tribe to overcome any obstacle and the warrior spirit to fight on against all odds. It takes that steadfast faithfulness, simplified Dulles to core country and each other that have bounced around our storied legacy. Marines today remain in combat forward deployed throughout the world, confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty and faithfulness, their resolve to be 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 who have forged our proud legacy and to honor the families and loved ones who faithfully stand beside us for the marines of Company D today marks the end of the 13 week recruit training cycle. They have marched countless miles at Camp Pendleton and on this parade deck and have been trained as they are all marines as basic rifleman. In addition, due to an intensive physical training program, their strength and endurance have doubled since their arrival aboard the recruit depot. They’re marines qualified to take their places in the ranks of the world’s finest fighting organization. Mhm. Right, thanks six. The platoons are now being aligned from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade. Wait. Yeah. All right. Yeah. No. 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 their right hand over their hearts and for those in the audience wearing headgear to remove it. Will the guest please rise for the presentation of the colors? Mm hmm. But ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem. Thank you. Please be seated mm hmm, mm hmm. Yeah. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm. Yeah. Okay. Okay. The parade agitated. Now presents the assembled command to the commander of troops. Report. Okay theory. 1000 1 33. Crazy. How Thanks. Yeah. At the command officer center, March, all unit commanders and guide on bearer marks the center of the formation. Historically it was at this point that commanding officers would issue orders and instructions to the unit commanders. Following this, the unit leaders would face about return to their units and pass the information along to their marines. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mm hmm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mm hmm. Yes martin. Yeah. Yeah. Great. Right. Throughout our nation’s history, millions of men and women have earned the title of United States Marines. Many who have helped shape our history join us here today in keeping with the tradition of once a 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 their dedicated service. The core and country. Yeah. Mm hmm. Yes. Thank you. Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for first recruit training. Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Gregory A Grayson. Well, good morning ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of our commanding general. Brigadier General Morris and the regimental commander. Colonel Jones, welcome to Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego. And the graduation ceremony for Delta Company. I’d also like to extend a special welcome to today’s parade, reviewing official Brigadier General Field who’s joining us from Quantico Virginia or he currently serves as the commanding general of Education Command as well as the President of Marine Corps University. Welcome General. Mhm. Right, 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 becoming Marines. They arrived as individuals perhaps a little unsure of their decision, but stand before you as a confident team of smartly disciplined marines. During the past three months we develop their physical and mental toughness so they’re able to thrive in complex and chaotic environments. They learned essential war fighting skills. They hiked countless miles, learned how to operate in the field and completed intensive marksmanship training. They were taught how to decide, act and communicate with initiative, clarity and exceptional judgment and they proved themselves to be leaders of character who inspire and treat others with dignity and respect Their training culminated with a right of passage through the crucible, a grueling 54 hour test of teamwork and endurance and throughout they came to embrace our core values of honor, courage and commitment with a clear understanding that being a marine carries a special trust and confidence in the highest expectations of the American people. Now, as you might imagine this awesome and very magical transformation, it didn’t happen by itself. And I’d like to thank those who are involved first. We recognize each marine’s journey started long before they got here, the foundation of their character. It started 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 your support was vital to their success. So thank you ladies and gentlemen, Now I’d like to turn your attention to the marines wearing the distinctive campaign covers our drill instructors. It’s impossible for me to put into words their passion work ethic and commitment. From the moment of recruit arrives, there’s a drill instructor with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have spent every waking hour teaching training, mentoring and leading these young men. Ladies and gentlemen, these drill instructors have made a tremendous and lasting impact on your loved one and trust me, these marines will never forget the name the face or the voice of their drill instructor. So please join me in a well deserved round of applause for the drill instructors of Delta Company. I’d also like to thank the families of the drill instructors who are seated just to the left of the reviewing stand, no group knows better the amount of time and dedication it takes to make marines while their drill instructor was on duty. These spouses and families, they shouldered all the cooking, cleaning shopping, homework appointments, dog walks. I could go on my wife and I have four wild animals. two of them are Children. We completely get it simply put, we couldn’t have accomplished our mission of making marines without their support. So please join me in a big round of applause for the families of Delta Company. And finally, I’d like to recognize our highly skilled marksmanship, martial arts, water survival and academics, instructors are incredible chaplain. Corman, an entire medical team who do an amazing job in ensuring our physical, mental and spiritual readiness. And of course the dedicated recruiter who saw potential in your marine. In fact, Staff Sergeant Griego is joining us from Tucson Arizona, where he recruited today’s Ottoman Staff Sergeant. Job, well done. And the last two things from you first, keep up the great work. And if you could kindly take all of this heat back to Tucson with you. Thank you. Finally, ladies and gentlemen, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to address the new marines one last time as their battalion commander. Good morning marines. Mm hmm. Hey, Delta Company. I know it seems like a lifetime ago when you were offered the challenge of becoming a marine. When you arrive on your busses and stepped on the yellow footprints, graduation was the last thing on your mind. You’re probably thinking, what have I gotten myself into? And how do I get these guys to stop yelling at me? Well, you had a lot to learn in some very steep hills to climb, But you did it. You have rightfully earned the title Marine. Be proud of your accomplishment and the uniform you now wear. And finally, as I remarked on your first day of training. Whether you served for four years or 24 years, remember, it’s not about you, it’s about all the marines who have, who have gone before you, whose legacy you are now part of. It’s about that marine standing to your left and to your right. It’s about all these people in the stands and this great nation which you sworn to defend. So serve with honor, served with courage and serve with 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 parade reviewing official. Brigadier general walker M. Field president of Marine Corps University. He’s accompanied by Brigadier General Jason L. Morris, Commanding general for Marine Corps recruit depot, san Diego and the Western recruiting region. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for honors to Brigadier General walker Em Field. Thank you. Please be seated. Regular general offer em Field President, Marine Corps University. Regular General Field is a native of ST Francisville Louisiana. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1991 and served as an active duty artillery men before being commissioned through the enlisted commissioning program in December 1993. After graduating the Basic School. Brigadier General. Field attended field artillery basic officers leaders, course and obtained the military occupational specialty of 0802 field artillery officer. Brigadier General Field has served in a variety of challenging billets in numerous commands to include serving as a forward observer, fire direction and liaison officer at first Battalion, 12 Marines, Battalion commander at 5th Battalion, 10th Marines Commanding Officer at recruiting station, Dallas Division, fire support coordinator and regimental commander at 11th Marine Regiment, Division Chief at Joint Doctrine, Division, Joint Staff, J seven and the Chief of Staff at Marine Forces Reserve’s Brigadier General Field currently serves as the President of Marine Corps. University Brigadier General Fields. Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, legion of Merit with one Gold star in lieu of second Award, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars and lua, fourth Award, Navy and Marine Corps Combination Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third Award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat action ribbon. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Brigadier General walker em Field. Mhm. More than a million marines have been trained here in the past 100 years and have departed San Diego for combat and conflicts around the world, including places whose names are immediately associated with marine courage and dedication. Name. Search as Guadalcanal Tarawa Evo Jima, chosen chosen Reservoir cason way city, Lebanon, Granada Panama to wait. Somalia, Fallujah. Hi crack Marjah Afghanistan and our most current operations worldwide. This parade deck is rich in history and tradition and no marine trained here ever forgets its sights and sounds. Ladies and gentlemen, the commander of troops. Captain Kevin a Gomez is Argon company commander and a regimental staff. Ladies and gentlemen, as the national flag passes directly in front of you, please rise. Once it passes you may be seated Marine Band san Diego. Marine depot san Diego California Series 1069 Series Commander Captain Karma speedily and platoon 1069 senior drill instructor, Staff sergeant Diego J. Volare 1070 Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Marino. Mm hmm 2 1071 Senior Drill Instructor. Staff Sergeant Brendan J. The regimental color guard is led by deep regimental color sergeant, drill instructor. Sergeant Jesus are Aguilera Series 1073 Series Commander, First Lieutenant, 1073 senior drill instructor Sergeant Matthew two, Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant Dillon Depression. Oh yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Platoon 1075 senior drill instructor, staff sergeant Spencer. M mere yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you. Okay, The Marines Hip has a history dating back to 1859. It is a longstanding 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 and to have served honorably saying the words, the first verse as marine pen san Diego performs the marines. Him will the guests please rise. Thank you. Please be seated sir, concluded the Marine Corps’s uniqueness and strength as an elite fighting force is directly attributable to the magnificent efforts of the drill instructors and company officers who train and supervise the recruits, distinct qualities of spirit and discipline. The heart and soul of every marine have been developed, nurtured and agreeing to recruits that their observance in relationship with their drill instructors and officers Recruit training is the very foundation of the tour. Each year recruit training provides thousands of America’s finest young men and women with the basic knowledge and skills to function in a profession characterized by its own set of high values and tough standards. The most important thing we do in the Marine Corps is make marines, the individual marine is the core. That is what we do here For the Marines graduating today. The long arduous journey of the last 13 weeks is but a small step into the future of the Marine Corps. As they prepare to fill the ranks of our core. They do so with unquestionable support for the high ideals and standards of the United States of America and the United States Marine Corps. Although Company D prepares for their final dismissal from boot camp today, their initial training is not over soon after graduation, they will report to the School of Infantry and Pendleton California where they will continue to be trained to serve as an effective member of a Marine rifle squad. The intense initial training that every marine undergoes is designed to instill the fundamental premise that every marine is a rifleman. Oh yeah. All right, yeah, mm hmm. Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we would like to introduce you the marines responsible for ensuring the success of the difficult transition required to become a marine. The company commander is Captain Kevin, A Gomez is argha! The company 1st Sergeant is January Sergeant Jose Mesa. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause with the company’s staff of Company D. Oh, the next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring the guidance girl. The guidance have been carried by the platoon’s throughout recruit training and are being retired to symbolize the disbanding of platoons. All similar units in the Marine Corps carry such guidance which identify the unit and are a source of pride to each individual member. Note that the honor of carrying these guidance is bestowed upon those marines who displayed outstanding leadership qualities, motivation and character and were selected as the platoon honor graduates. The platoon honor graduates compete for the titles of series and company honor graduate. They’re considered the top marines graduated today and have demonstrated the highest potential for future leadership and responsibility in the Marine corps for what fun? Oh there get him. The guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors. No next ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all honored 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 1069 is private first class Joshua J. Finical from Everett Washington. The honor graduate for platoon 1070 years. Private first class Gabriel A Laycock from rowan Indiana. The honor graduate for platoon 1071 the series honor graduate is private first class Daniel See white from Alhambra California. The honor graduate for platoon 1073 the company undergraduate is Lance corporal Benjamin B. Wilson from Escondido California. Lance corporal Wilson is also the recipient of the chesty puller award for his outstanding meritorious performance while in recruit training. The honor graduate for platoon 1074 is private first class Joshua Q. Words Denver Colorado. And the honor graduate for platoon 1075 is private first class joseph. A Branch from las Vegas, Nevada. Ladies and gentlemen, the honor graduates of company D. What? Yeah. Mhm. How Many? 1st Sergeant. Good morning sir. Company first report as ordered. This is the company. 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 recruit training, Senior drill instructor. Just coward. Hey, I first do again. What’s up we do. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today’s ceremony

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