Golf Company Graduation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

The new Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, graduate at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 13th, 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 pre parade surname was provided by Marine Ben San Diego. Marine Corps portico san Diego California. Yeah, The Marine Corps has played an active role in San Diego history ever since Marines. From the slope of war science sees old town during the Mexican American War in 1846. Marines have been stationed at the recruiting depot since 1921. When most of the buildings your front were constructed, these buildings known as the Arcade 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 East Coast recruit training depot at parris island south Carolina. Regardless of where a marine attended boot camp, you can rest assured that they received the toughest and most physically and mentally domain 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 accept the responsibilities to safeguard this proud tradition as they stepped forward to join this rich heritage ahead of them by 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’s named in honor of Sargent john er Manolito sr one of the original 29 Navajo code talkers who trained in the first all novel platoon here aboard the depot. In 1942 Sergeant Manolito helped create the code that the novel 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 many 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 Corps barracks Quantico. He’s being escorted by the Office of Communication, strategy and operations Corporal max, J. Noel pull it. Mhm Okay, yeah, spiritual development plays an important part in the making of the United States Marine Lieutenant Commander Ulysses led bulb shaped encore, United States Navy will deliver the graduation prayer. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise, let us pray Grace’s father be pressure for this wonderful day as we come together to celebrate the achievements of these United States marines. This is a special day in the life of these graduates as they embark on the next chapter in their lives. We pray that the same hand that has kept them thus far will continue to be in their lives. May God had a protection be about them and May God’s word, continue to be alive to enter their past, help them to make wise decisions and to always keep you first and everything that they do and to always keep you first. In everything they do, Father, We humbly pray to guide and guard our New Year’s marines who will serve our country, help and strengthen them in the right to struggle for the preservation of liberty and justice for all, make whatever mindful of their duty to our country and fill them with courage and loyalty. Finally, we are grateful for all drill instructors who train our New Year’s marines, protect and watch them, fill them with your love, compassion and your radiance. We ask this in your holy name. Amen. Thank you. Please be seated 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 for 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 divided. Basic training to recruits and lists of 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 Geen second recruit training battalion recruit training regimen will form in March in the parade following the passing review. The 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 first Sergeant, Francisco Reyes, JR Company, first sergeant, Company G. Second recruit training battalion. The parade accident is Staff Sergeant Javier Espinosa, drill instructor, Company G. Second recruit training battalion recruit training regiment. Mm hmm mm hmm. The marching units are now being called to attention and the accidents, command sound engineers call will begin today’s parade marching in today’s parade are 228 of the graduating marines from Company G. Among the 228 marines are two marines who displayed outstanding performances in two individually graded events. Private first class Jackson C Mitchell from platoon 2155 is the company high shooter, scoring a 340 out of 350. Private Gavin see stock Beister from platoon 2154 is the most physically fit Marine scoring a 294 out of 300 on the physical fitness test And a 300 out of 300 on the combat fitness test. They will be receiving awards from the Marine Corps Association and Foundation President. Today is the company undergraduates, recruiter, staff sergeant, Christopher Beltran. Also present today is the primary marksmanship instructor with a platoon high shooting average of 224 platoon 2153 Sergeant Thomas Kelly, mm hmm. Mhm. 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 discipline, the achievement of a 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. Mhm. Military barrier, consistently demonstrating military presence and personal awareness as well as the proper wearing and maintenance of uniforms. Mhm 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 had 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. No 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, semper Fidelis to core country and each other that abounds throughout our storied legacy, Marines today remain in combat for deployed throughout the world confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty and faithfulness. They’re resolved 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 G. 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 her haul 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. Mm hmm. The platoons are now being aligned from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade Two, 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 guests please rise for the presentation of the colors? Mhm. Thank you. Mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm. Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem. What? Mm hmm mm. Mhm mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you. Please be seated. Sure. Following the command parade rest the parade, Edgerton will give the command sound off which signals the band, a parade board of the assembled marines while playing military marching music. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm, mm hmm. Mhm. Okay, mm hmm, mm hmm, mm hmm. Yeah. Okay. $20. Yeah. Mm hmm. Mhm. People. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm, mm hmm. Mhm mm hmm. Yeah. Mm hmm. Yes. Thank you. The Parade Adjutant now presents the assembled command to the commander of troops. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. But I’m really not. Oh my God. See see that’s 153. Mm hmm. I hope at the command officer center March. All unit commanders and guide on mirrors marks 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. The unit leaders would face about, return to their units and pass the information along to their marines work. Yes, mm hmm. Thanks. Okay. Okay, mm hmm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah, mm hmm, mm hmm. Yeah, yeah. Hey, yeah, 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 to court and country. Okay. Mhm. Additionally, we would like to recognize the 55 marines from the 5th Marines Association. The 5th Marine Division was active from November 1943 to February 1946 and March 1966 to November 1969. During this time they participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima as well as the Vietnam War. They are in attendance today to observe graduation as they have each had a significant contribution to our core. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 5th Marines Association. Thank you. Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for second recruit training battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel R. Myers. Mhm. Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you all for being here on behalf of Brigadier General Jason L. Morris, the commanding general of the Western recruiting region and the Marine corps recruit depot here at 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 G. S. Graduation. I would like to begin my remarks today by recognizing a few groups of individuals, first and foremost to all your family and friends of these new marines standing behind me. I want to personally thank you for all your love and support of them during recruit training. It has been vital to their success. You gave them the preparation and the foundation that helped them overcome the many mental and physical challenges during their time here. And you also instilled the courage and commitment that allowed them to take those initial steps towards becoming a United States Marine and for that we are forever grateful to the families of the drill instructors and officers of company G who are seated right here to the right of the reviewing stand. No one knows more than you the time and dedication that it takes to transform a civilian into a marine. And so I want to personally thank you for your many, many sacrifices that allow these drill instructors and officers to make a huge commitment to our National security and our Marine Corps. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give these family members a round of applause. Okay, I’d also like to recognize today’s parade, reviewing official Sergeant Major Elena Rodriguez, whose impressive bio you will hear shortly. Sergeant Major Rodriguez is currently serving as the senior enlisted leader for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Sorry major. It’s an honor to have you. Thank you for joining us today. You know, making marines is truly a team effort and at the forefront of that effort, our Marine Corps recruiters sprinkled across this great country of ours. We could not do our job here on this depot if it wasn’t for our recruiters finding and sending us qualified applicants who became possessed that strong desire to become a United States Marine. Today, they are represented here by staff sergeant Christopher, bell Fran from recruiting station in Houston Texas. He’s responsible for finding and sending us the company honor man, Lance corporal James Myers. I’d also like to recognize the combat instructors and marksmanship instructors from weapons hill training battalion who teach many of our recruits the combat skills necessary to become the United States marines. They represented here today by sergeant Thomas Kelly, who was the primary primary marksmanship instructor for the company’s high shooter Private first class Jackson. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give these two marines and all our recruiters, combat instructors and marksmanship instructors a round of applause I have one more group that I’d like to recognize and I will tell you that these individuals do not need much of an introduction that the individuals standing behind me wearing those distinctive green campaign covers. They’re the legendary Marine corps drill instructors And from the moment of recruits steps foot here on the depo. There’s a drill instructor with him 24 hours a day, seven days a week for they are the very heart of what it takes to transform a civilian into a marine. And I can tell you, you can ask any marine and they will say that they will never, ever forget the name, the face Or the gentle, loving voice of their drill instructor that woke them up every morning for 12 weeks, their adrenal instructor. And so I encourage you after today’s ceremony to come down and thank some of these drill instructors for their service. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a big round of applause for our drill instructors. Mhm. Okay. And now I’d like to tell you a little bit about these new marines and about the training that they just went through. You see when they first came here, they were fit young already in better shape than most people their age on average, they were 19 years old and 99% of them were high school graduates and four of them even had college degrees. Furthermore, they displayed the courage and commitment that few of their peers can muster when they raise their right hand, swore solemn oath to support and defend the constitution and then traveled here from across every state and territory in the western recruiting region and nine other countries across this globe, some coming as far as Spain Vietnam and the Philippines and others from right here within SAn Diego. And when they arrived here. Well that’s when steel began to sharpen steel as these drill instructors forged them through the fires of the crucible into a tightly cohesive group of physically fit, disciplined marines, honing their minds and their bodies until they prove themselves capable of walking long distances across mountainous terrain with minimal food and sleep to be where they are needed when they’re needed to accomplish the mission. Now many of you have seen some of the physical changes when you saw your new marine yesterday, but I want to tell you about the most important change because it is one that has occurred within for they have been thoroughly immersed in our core values of honor, courage and commitment and just by virtue of them standing here today means they’ve accepted those values as their own and it’s because of this because the journey that they have made and the physical Mental and moral development that they have displayed that through their blood, sweat and tears. They are now proud to forever claim that title of United States marine and now I am proud to introduce to all of you, 228 members of company G. As our nation’s newest marines. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Okay, mm hmm. Now excuse me while I turn and address these mornings one last time before we conclude today’s ceremony. Good morning marines like I’ve told you before, sorry, major and I are extremely proud of you every challenge, Every obstacle that we put in your path, you crushed it and you truly earned the title of the United States Marine. When you arrived here on those busses and stepped on those legendary yellow footprints for the very first time, these drill instructors focused on instilling discipline, resiliency and our core values in you until you demonstrated armoring attributes of exemplary character and mental and physical toughness. And as you progress in your training, you entered our martial arts program where you earned your tan belt. Some of you learned how to swim for the very first time in our water survival program and many of you overcame your fear of heights as you negotiated those high obstacles on our confidence course and then you were taught weapons handling And traveled up to weapons field training battalion where you learn to deliver precision fires on pinpoint targets from a staggering distance over 500 yards away, demonstrating our warfighting skills ethos and culture. And as a final test, you participated in that grueling three day exercise where you were given billets that required you to demonstrate leadership initiative and a bias for intelligent action until you fully demonstrated at a level that we expect of every single marine, all of our attributes. So now, having completed the longest, the hardest and certainly most demanding recruit training across this globe, you stand ready to carry on our marine traditions as our nation’s naval expeditionary force in readiness and defend our great nation against all enemies as you travel away from here for you to be safe, be smart, make good decisions like we’ve taught you Never forget that Eagle Globe and anchor that was pressed into the palm of your hand on top of that reaper, for it represents over 246 years of Marine Corps traditions. You must always be worthy of that legacy and protect what you have earned and so on behalf of the officers, the drill instructors and the support personnel here at Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego is my privilege to give you a traditional Marine Corps, parting of fair winds and following seas. Congratulations Marines, semper Fidelis and welcome to our core, mm hmm. Now taking their position in the reviewing area is today’s parade, reviewing official. Sergeant Major Elena and Rodriguez. Sergeant Major for 13th Marine expeditionary unit. She is accompanied by Sergeant Major Michael R. Raise, Sergeant Major for first recruit training battalion. Mhm. Okay. Sergeant Major Elena and Rodriguez. Sergeant Major, 13th Marine Expeditionary unit. Sergeant Major Rodriguez is a native of tokens Washington. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 2000 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps recruit depot parris Island. After graduating Marine Combat Training. She attended personnel clerk course where she obtained the military occupational specialty of 0121 personnel clerk. Sergeant Major Rodriguez has served in a variety of challenging buildings and numerous commands to include serving as a board support clerk at promotions, branch Headquarters, Marine Corps, Quantico Virginia, Administrative clerk at First Transportation Support Battalion, First Force Service Support Group, Watch Standard and Assistant Detachment Commander at the American Embassy in san Jose costa Rica and at the American Consulate in Hong Kong china. Personnel chief at the 11th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division drill instructor, senior drill instructor and instructor, staff, drill instructor school at Marine Corps, recruit depot, parris Island Company, first Sergeant at headquarters and service Company, First Supply Battalion, First Marine Logistics Group and as the Sergeant Major at Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 2 to 5. Sergeant Major Rodriguez currently serves as the Sergeant Major of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Sergeant Major Rodriguez’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps commendation Medal with three gold stars in lieu of Fourth Award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Sergeant Major Elena and Rodriguez. Right, hi ma’am. More than a million marines have been trained here in the past 100 years and have departed San Diego for combat and complex around the world, including places whose names are immediately associated with marine courage and dedication names such as Guadalcanal Tarawa, Iwo Jima. Chosen chosen Reservoir, Casey Way City Lebanon Granada Panama. two ways to Somalia, Fallujah, Ramadi Marcia Sang and our most current operations worldwide. This parade nick is rich in history and tradition and no marine trained here ever forgets its sights and sounds. Mhm. What? Ladies and gentlemen, the commander of troops? First Sergeant, Francisco Reyes Jr Company, first sergeant at the regimental staff. Mm hmm. 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 Corps recruit depot san Diego California. Mm hmm. Thank you. Mm hmm. Series 2149 series. Chief Instructor, Gunnery Sgt. Adam M. Stallion. Yeah. 2 2149 Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Alexis Ortega. All right, mm hmm. Honor Platoon 2150 Senior Drill Instructor. Staff Sergeant Luiz A Lopez. Okay, HLA Tune 2151 Senior Drill Instructor. Staff Sergeant, James Fenimore. Yeah. Mm hmm. The regimental color guard is led by the regimental color sergeant, drill instructor. Sergeant Jesus are Aguilera Series 2153 series. Chief Drill Instructor, Staff Sgt. Pedro Paisano Gaspar. Mm hmm. 2 2153 Senior Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Justin M. Carolyn. Mhm Plus 2 2150 for Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Paul. Oh sigh. Yeah. And 2 2155 Senior drill instructor, Staff sergeant, Ricardo. I Perez Mitchell mm hmm. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm mm hmm mm hmm. Yeah, sure. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you turn to page 21 of your graduation pamphlets, you will find the Marine Corps hymn. The Marines. Him 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 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. Hip, will the guests please rise mm hmm. Yeah. Mhm. Thank you. Please be seated mm hmm mm hmm. The parade has concluded. Yes ma’am, Christmas, mm hmm. The marine course uniqueness and strength as an elite fighting force is directly attributable to magnificent efforts of the drill instructors and company officers who train and supervise the recruits. The distinct qualities of spirit and discipline. The heart and soul of every marine have been developed, nurtured and ingrained and recruits through their observance and relationship with their drill instructors and officers. Recruit training is the very foundation of the chord. Each year recruit training provides thousands of America’s finest young men and women with the basic knowledge and skills to function in a professional characterized by its own set of high values and tough standards. Okay. Mm hmm. 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 put a small step into the future of the Marine Corps as they prepared 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. Mm hmm. Although Company G 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 camp Pendleton California where they will continue to be trained to serve as an effective member of a marine rifle squad. Mhm. The intense initial trade that every marine undergoes is designed to instill the fundamental premise that every marine is a rifleman. No. Mm hmm mm hmm, mm hmm, mm hmm. Mhm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm, mm hmm, mm hmm. Oh yeah. Yeah. Right. No. Who, 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 Charles W. Sprout the company first sergeant is first sergeant Francisco. Reyes JR. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause For the company staff of Company B. The next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring the guidance and turn 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. Know that the honor of carrying these guide dogs 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 with the titles of series and company honor graduate. They’re considered the top marines graduating today and have demonstrated the highest potential for future leadership and responsibility in the marine corps. Mhm, mm hmm. Okay. Oh. The guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors. Mm hmm, mm hmm. Mhm. Hey. Okay. Mhm. The honor graduates will now be presented a plaque by the battalion commander. Lieutenant Colonel Myers and the sergeant major for first recruit training. Battalion sergeant major raise. Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all honor graduates have been recognized morning. The honor graduate for platoon 2149 and the series honor graduate is Private first class Ashley Amy gagne from Milpitas California. Yeah, the honor graduate for platoon 2150 is Private first class Michael M Stallworth from Albertville Alabama. Good sir. The honor graduate for platoon 2151 is Private first class Logan T. Gilbert from san Antonio Texas. The honor graduate for platoon 2153. And the company honor graduate is Lance corporal James and Myers from Houston Texas. Lance corporal Meyer’s is also the recipient of the chesty puller award for his outstanding meritorious performance while in recruit training four sir. Mhm. The honor graduate for platoon 2154 is Private first class Alberto Gomez Ruelas from Benson Built Illinois. Yes sir. And the honor graduate for platoon 2155 is private first class Andrew M. Gomez from Fontana California. Ladies and gentlemen, the honor graduates of company G. Hey. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Mhm, mm hmm. Mhm, mm hmm. How many 1st Sergeant? How many first sergeant reporting as ordered? The company? May I sir? 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. Can you do it? MS for sergeant? Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today’s ceremony. Mhm

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