Mike Company Graduation at MCRD San Diego

The new Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, graduate at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, April 22nd, 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.


The Marine Corps has played an active role in San Diego history ever since marines from the slope before Science sees Bull Town during the Mexican American war in 18 46 marines have been stationed at the recruit depot since 1921. When most of the buildings your front were constructed, these buildings known as the arcades, were designed by world famous architect Bertram Goodhue. The arcade is among 25 buildings that have qualified for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and are outstanding examples of Spanish colonial revival architecture. Since 1923 more than a million marines have completed the recruit training here at the Marine Corps recruit depot San Diego and since 1915 at the Marine Corps, Eastport recruit training depot at parris island south Carolina. Regardless of where marine attended boot camp, you can rest assured that they received the toughest and most physically and mentally demanding recruit training offered anywhere in the world. Some individual techniques and methods may have evolved over the years, but the focus and adherence to our core values of honor, courage and commitment are as strong today as any time in our history today. The marines of company m accept the responsibilities to safeguard this proud tradition as they stepped forward to join this rich heritage ahead of them. Like bright futures that will no doubt add to the proud marine legacy that they now rightfully claim as their own corporal many is a three year old, full blooded English. Bulldog Born in Fallbrook California on July 9th 2018, he is named in honor of Sargent john er Manolito sr one of the original 29 not to hold code talkers who trained in the first all Navajo platoon here aboard the depot. In 1942 Sergeant Manolito helped create the code that the Navajos 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 many continues the tradition of a long line of Marine Corps bulldog mascots dating back to 1921 when Brigadier General Smedley Butler appointed Sergeant Major Jigs as the first bulldog mascot for Marine Corps barracks Quantico. He’s being escorted by the Office of Communications, strategy and Operations. Lance corporal max. J. Noel talker. Yes, step Bolling. Mhm Sure. Okay, thank you. Thank you. Spiritual development plays an important part in the making of the United States Marine Lieutenant, Junior Grade Alicia, Morales, chaplain corps, United States Navy, What’s the name of the graduation prayer. Thank you for your presence here today. We thank you for these young men who came in as recruits, meeting as marines through their hard work and perseverance, they now joined the family and ranks of the finest fighting force on earth within each and every one of them was the war fighting spirit of a marine that never gives up, no matter the odds. We thank you for the friends and family who provided support your thoughts, prayers, and letters of encouragement. May they rejoice in this great celebration. We give you things for these German instructors so they have made marines through their leadership discipline and sacrifice. They have instilled within each and every one of them, the honor, courage and commitment that is woven into the very fabric of this core. May they rejoice in the great accomplishment. Finally, we thank you for your presence once again and we ask that you continue to bless this corn country now and always. Amen. Thank you. Please be seated. Let your, the Commanding General, Marine Corps recruit depot, San Diego welcomes you to what is a storage 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 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, M. 3rd recruit training battalion recruit training regimen will form in 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 the recruit training regiment. The commander of troops is Captain Samuel W. Y. S. Company Commander, Company M. Third recruit training battalion. The parade accident is Captain James W. England. Executive Officer Company M third recruit training battalion, recruit training regiment. Mm hmm. The marching units are now being called to attention and the adjutants Command Sound adjutants call will begin today’s parade. Thank you. Marching in today’s parade are 295 other graduating Marines from company M. Among the 295 marines are two marines who displayed outstanding performances in two individually graded events. Private first class Henry Fay from platoon 3269 is the company high shooter, scoring a 340 out of 350 Lance Corporal Bruce J. Klein from Platoon 3273 is 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 President. Today is the company Honor graduates, recruiter, Staff sergeant Edward S. Salome Not present but worth recognizing as the primary marksmanship instructor with a platoon high shooting average of 221 for platoon 3269 corporal Nelson. Jamon of our Mhm recruit training is comprised of subjects required to produce basic marines who function effectively and Garrison are trained in rudimentary individual field and combat skills and practice the personal and professional traits which distinguish them as marines. Mhm. Examples of these traits are discipline, the achievement of a state of discipline which assures respect for authority, incident and willing obedience to orders and the self reliance to maintain or improve those traits which exemplify a 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 with steel, resolve, the drive to overcome any obstacle and the warrior spirit to fight on against all odds it takes that steadfast faithfulness, separate Fidelis decor country and each other that abounds throughout our storied legacy Marines today remain in combat forward deployed throughout the world, confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty and faithfulness their results 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. M today marks the end of the 13 week withdrew training cycle. They have marched countless miles at camp Pendleton and on this parade deck and have been trained as are all marines as basic rifleman. In addition due to an intensive physical training program, their strength and endurance have doubled since their arrival board the recruiting, they’re marines qualified to take their places in the ranks of the world’s finest fighting organization. Mm hmm. Thank you. Thanks. The platoons are now being aligned from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade Sweet. The next portion of the ceremony will be our national anthem. We welcome veterans and members of the armed forces to join us in writing her 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. Well, the guests please rise for the presentation of the colors. Mm hmm, mm hmm, mm hmm. It’s important. Mm hmm. Thanks. Mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm mm hmm. Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem. Mhm, mm hmm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm. Mhm. Okay, mm hmm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you. Please be seated. Mhm. Mhm. Following the command parade rest, the parade adjutant will give the command sound off which signals the band, a parade forward of the assembled marines while playing military marching music. Okay. No. Yeah. Mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm. Mhm. Okay, mm hmm. Mhm. Yes. Mhm mm hmm, mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm, mm hmm, mm hmm. Mhm. Sure. Okay. Yeah. Mm hmm. Yeah. Okay, mm hmm. Yeah, mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm. The parade Ashton now presents the assembled command to the commander of troops. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Three mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm. Hey Connor, what are you doing this? Mhm. Okay. Mhm. At the command officers center March. All unit commanders and guide our bearers. March to the front and center of the formation. Historically it was at this point that commanding officers would issue orders and instructions. City unit commanders following this. The unit leaders would face about. Return to their units and pass the information along to their marines mm hmm. Oh. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm mm hmm. Mhm. Six mm hmm mm hmm. 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 decor and country. Thank you. Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for third recruit training Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Christopher, a ashen hurst. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, distinguished guests on behalf of the commanding general of the Marine Corps recruit depot San Diego and the western recruiting region. Brigadier general Morris as well as the commanding officer of the recruit training regiment. Colonel jones. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the graduation ceremony for Company M. It is also my distinct pleasure to introduce our parade reviewing official. Chief one officer for Barrientos whose impressive biography you will hear shortly. Chief one officer. It is an honor to have you with us today. Now I’d like to take a few moments to talk about why I’m so proud of the young men. You’ve come to see graduate, but first let me draw your attention to these impressive marines wearing those distinctive green campaign covers. They certainly do not need an introduction from me for we all know them as the legendary marine corps drill instructor From the moment a recruit arrives aboard the depot, there is a drill instructor with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week everywhere they go. For it is the drill instructor that is the heartbeat of what it takes to transform a civilian into a United States, Marine of the thousands of people we will meet throughout our lives. Let’s be honest, most of them we will forget but no marine anywhere will ever forget the name, the face or the gentle, loving voice of their drill instructor. Also seated by the reviewing stand with the families of the officers and drill instructors of mike company. These families know firsthand the time, dedication and sacrifice it takes to make marines and we could not do it without their love and support. So if you would all please join me in a round of applause for the families of my company. We also know that making marines is a team effort and it all begins with a hardworking Marine corps recruiters who are spread throughout this great country of ours today. Marine Corps recruiting command is represented by Staff sergeant. Sullivan of recruiting. Substation Burbank, California. Staff sergeant’s Alive. E. Was the recruiter for our company on a graduate Lance corporal Klein. It was staff sergeant. Sullivan who first gave Lance corporal cline the opportunity to earn the title Marine Outstanding job Staff sergeant. Now let me turn my attention back to the remarkable young men standing in this formation behind me, They are truly some of the best this country has to offer when they arrived here they were young and fit 18 years old on average and already in better shape than most people their age, 98% of them are high school graduates. Three of them have already earned a college degree. But furthermore, they displayed a courage and a commitment that most of their peers could never muster when they raised their right hand and swore that solemn oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States. They come from every expanse of the globe in this case 10 different countries, some are from as far away as Egypt and Vietnam. Others are from just across the street here in San Diego. But it was a single goal that brought the 294 of them together and that goal was to earn the title marine three months ago they embarked on the world’s most demanding entry level training when they got off those busses and they stepped foot into our historic yellow footprints and trust me throughout their time here, they have undoubtedly been tested. They have been trained and evaluated in the attributes that make the core both unique and deadly. We have developed in each of them a physical and mental toughness that will never quit or give up despite the odds. They’ve been indoctrinated in our core values of honor, courage and commitment so that we create marines of exemplary character, both at peace and at war. They’ve been trained in battlefield tested warfighting skills so that when this nation calls its marines always win. Thanks to the marksmanship instructors at weapons field training battalion up in Camp Pendleton. When these Marines arrive on their objective, they are capable of delivering precision rifle fire at a pinpoint target at staggering distances out to 500 yards. And finally we created small unit leaders out of each of them and evaluated their ability to decide, act and communicate with a bias for intelligent action. For that is what the future operating environment will demand. Now, in addition to all of that, I hope yesterday you noticed a few other upgrades we’ve installed. They should have stood a little taller. They certainly looked a little leaner. They should have looked you in the eyes and said these strange phrases like, yes sir, yes, ma’am, Moms and dads, it should be a long time before you have to tell one of these marines to get a job or a haircut and I assure you they know how to clean up after themselves and make their beds. But it is the change within that we’re the most proud of for having been indoctrinated in our core values. And then by virtue of the fact that they stand here today means that they have embraced those values as their own. And so it is because of this journey they have made because of the physical mental and moral development they’ve displayed which was built upon the foundation that you allayed that I am proud to present 294 young men who through their own blood, sweat and tears can now and forever claim the title United States Marine. Yeah, mm hmm. Now if you’ll excuse me for a moment while I address our new marines one last time. Mhm mhm Good morning marines. Did you all hear that? That it’s pure pride that is pride in themselves, Pride in the title that they have earned. Now my company. I know when you arrived here so many weeks ago the last thing on your mind was graduation, you were probably thinking what in the world have I gotten myself into? And how do I get them to stop yelling at me? But you stand here today as America’s newest marines having accomplished something that most would never dare attempt and when you get home this weekend, people are gonna look up to you, they’re gonna be proud of you as they should. And your friends are going to ask you how you did it. And when they ask you that, I want you to take him for a walk down to your recruiting station and introduce them to your recruiter because I can promise you your drill instructors. Well they would love to meet your friends. But remember that with this new title comes a great responsibility for the strength of the Marine Corps is not found in a weapons system or a piece of equipment. It is found in the war fighting spirit of the individual marine. That is what matters most in combat and that is what makes us different. This world is a dangerous and chaotic place, but that is why we have you. And the legacy of our core of not only being the first to fight but to always win belongs to you now for safekeeping That Eagle Globe and anchor that we handed you on top of the reaper represents 246 years of all of the marines that have gone before you. So be proud of yourself. Be proud of what you have accomplished. But remember who you now are and who you now represent and always remember to protect what you’ve earned. So on behalf of the officers, the drill instructors and all of the support personnel here aboard Marine Corps recruit depot San Diego. Let me be the first to issue fair winds and following seas. Semper Fidelis. Marines. Welcome to our core. Now taking their position in the reviewing area is today’s parade, reviewing official. Chief foreign officer for jimmy Barrientos. Director installation Personnel Administration Center Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He’s accompanied by Colonel joseph W. Jones. Commanding officer for recruit training regimen. Marine Corps, recruit depot San Diego. Okay, no freeze and sen. Mhm mm hmm. Chief Warrant Officer. four Jimmy Barrientos. Director Installation Personnel Administration Centre Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Chief Warrant Officer. four Barrientos is a native of Dallas Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2001 and served as a personnel clerk before being selected for the Warrant Officer Program. After graduating the basic school and personnel officers. Course. Chief warrant officer Four Barrientos obtained the military occupational specialty of the 1 70 personnel officer. Chief Warrant Officer four Barrientos has served in a variety of challenging billets in numerous commands to include serving as an administrative clerk at headquarters and service. Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, canvassing, recruiter and staff, noncommissioned officer in charge of recruiting substation, Jamestown recruiting station in buffalo, new York, officer in charge at separations, branch installation personnel administration center, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat center 29 palms California, Regimental Manpower Officer at Camp Combat Logistics Regiment 3 3rd Marine Logistics Group And the officer in charge at Manpower Information Systems Support Office 27 Manpower information Division Headquarters, Marine Corps, Chief Foreign Officer for Barrientos currently serves as the director of installation personnel Administration center, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Chief Warrant Officer four Barrientos personal decorations include the meritorious Service medal, Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal with one gold star in lieu of second award. Joint Service Achievement Medal with one bronze openly and Lou of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and Lou of third award and the military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Ladies and Gentlemen, Please welcome Chief Warrant Officer four Jimmy Barrientos. The brain is born Better review, aye, aye sir. Yeah. Thank you. Okay. Okay. Right. Mhm mm hmm, mm hmm mm hmm. 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 names such as Guadalcanal terrible. He won’t give up Susan Hr. Chosen Reservoir, Casey Way City, Lebanon, Brendan Panama. Wait Somalia, Fallujah, Iraq Marcia Afghanistan and our most current operations worldwide. This parade 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 Samuel W. Y. S. Company commander and a regimental staff. Thank you. Mhm. 30 good. Sometimes sometimes marine ma’am San Diego. Marine Corps recruit depot, San Diego California. Okay, ladies and gentlemen, as the national flag passes directly in front of me please rise once the passage that we may be seen. Series 3269 series. Commandment Captain William B. Brandon 3269 Senior drill instructor Stephanie Wilson de Espinosa, Honor Platoon 3270 Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Eduardo Jay Calderon. Mhm 1 2 3271 Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Felix T. Rodallega’s mm hmm. Okay. The regimental color guard is led by the regimental color sergeant, drill instructor Sergeant Jesus are Aguilera Series 3273 series Commander Captain Megan Sikora to 3273 Senior drill instructor of staff sergeant Carlos Empresa Santiago. Mhm Right. 3,274 Senior Drill Instructor, Stephanie and Jonathan Jean 20 mm hmm mm hmm. 2 3275 Senior Drill Instructor. Staff Sergeant, Anthony R. Brown. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Mhm mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, if you turn to page 21 of your graduation pamphlets, you will find the Marine Corps Hill, The Marines, him as a history dating back to 1859. It is a longstanding tradition for marines to face the direction of the music and stand in attention when it is heard. It is now directed that all marines present and you have served honorably and ladies and gentlemen, you are all encouraged to join, sing the words to the first verse as marine. Ben San Diego performs the marines. Him, will the guests please rise. Thank you. Please be seated. The marine course uniqueness and strength as an elite fighting force is directly attributable to magnificent efforts of the drone stutters and company officers who train and supervise the recruits. The distinct qualities of spirit and discipline. The heart and soul of heaven Marie have been developed, nurtured and Ukrainian recruits through their observance and relationship with their natural instructors and officers recruit training is the very foundation of the core. Each year recruit training provides stuff from America’s finest young men and women with a basic knowledge and skills to function. Any profession characterized by its own set of high balance and tough standards. The most important thing we do in the marine Flores 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 put a small step into the future of the marines as they prepare to fill the ranks of our rules. They do something with unquestionable support for the high ideals and standards of the United States of America and the United States Marines Aldo Company F prepares for the final dismissal from boot camp today. Their initial training is not over soon after graduation, they will report to the school of imagery and penalty in California where they will continue to be trained to serve as an effective member of the marine rifle squad. The intense initial training that every marine undergoes is besides to instill the fundamental premise that every marine is a rifleman. Mhm Yeah, let’s go, hey mm hmm mm hmm. 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 Samuel W. Y. S. The company 1st Sergeant is 1st Sergeant Stephen C. Chapman. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause for the company’s staff of company M. The next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring the guidance. No sure guide dogs have been carried by the platoons around recruit training and are being retired to symbolize the disbanding of platoons. All similar units in the Marine Corps carry such guidelines which identify the unit and are a 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 platoon honor graduates. The platoon honor graduates compete for the title of series and company honor graduate. They’re considering the top marines graduating today and have demonstrated the highest potential for future leadership and responsibility in the Marine corps. What? Mhm. Oh, the guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors. Mhm. Right, mm hmm. Okay. The honor graduates will now be presented a black by the battalion commander. Lieutenant Colonel Sanders at battalion sergeant Major Sergeant Major Ramirez. Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all honor graduates have been recognized the honor graduate for platoon 3269 and the series honor graduate is private first class Joshua. Are Haneberg from or in Texas. Mm hmm. Mhm. The honor graduate. Purple to 3270 years. Private first class Nico V Kelly from spiro Oklahoma. Okay. Mm hmm. The honor graduate for platoon 3271 is private first class Anthony Velazquez from Norwalk California. Mm hmm mm hmm. The honor graduate for platoon 3273. And the company honor graduate is Lance corporal Bruce. J. Klein from Altadena California. Landscape for client is also the recipient of the chesty puller award for outstanding meritorious performance. While it recruit training, the honor graduate for platoon 3274 is private first class Gerald C Morton from Grand junction Colorado. And the honor graduate for platoon 3275 is private first class Erasmo Cardona’s from Dallas Texas. Ladies and gentlemen, the honored graduates of Company F. Mm hmm. Hey yeah, Company first sergeant. Mr. Company. Okay, 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. I got my first subject. Mm hmm. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today. Sarah good. Mm hmm

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