India Company Graduation at MCRD San Diego | July 15, 2022

The new Marines of India Company Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, graduate at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 15, 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 Super War Science sees old town during the Mexican American War in 1846 Marines have been stationed at the recruit depot since 1921. When most of the buildings 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 out staying at examples of Spanish colonial revival architecture. Since 1923, more than million marines have completed their 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 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 strong today as any time in our history today. The marines of company, I accept the responsibilities to safeguard this proud tradition as they step 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 four 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 Navajo code talkers who trained in the first All Navajo platoon here aboard the depot. In 1942 Sergeant Manolito helped create the code at 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, Capo. Many continues the tradition of a long line of Marine corps bulldog mascots dating back to 1921 when Regular 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 Mhm. Stand call it. Yeah. Spiritual development plays an important part in the making of the United States Marine Lieutenant Commander, Ulysses, valuable chaplain corps. United States Navy will deliver the graduation prayer. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise, let us pray. No, we everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help so that all our prayers and works may begin in you and by you happily ended Grace’s father the pressure for this wonderful day as we come together to celebrate the achievements of these U. S. Marines. This is a special day in the life of this graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives, we pray that the same hand that has kept them thus far will continue to be in their lives. May God have the protection be upon them and May God’s word, continue to be allied onto their path, help them to make wise decisions and to always keep your holy name first in everything what they do and everything they do. We also pray for all the officers and drill instructors who trained our new US millions. He prayed to protect guide and watch over them and their families, fill them with your love, compassion and your idioms. 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 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. In the mid-west of the Mississippi, which represents approximately 51% of all applicants in the Marine Corps. Each year, the depot is also home to recorder 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 I third recruit training battalion recruit training regiment will form in March in the parade following the past and review their graduating marines will return front and center of the reviewing stand for final dismissal. The staff for today’s parade is comprised of marines from the recruit training regimen. The commander of troops is Captain john F. Hunt. Company Commander, Company I third recruit training battalion. The parade accident is Captain William Brandon. Executive officer, Company I third recruit training battalion recruit training regimen. Mhm. The marching units are now being called to attention and the accidents, Command sound accidents call will begin today’s parade. Mhm. Marching in today’s parade are 183 of the graduating Marines from company I. Among the 183 marines are two marines to display outstanding performances and two individually graded events. Private First Class Devin v. Sanchez from Platoon 3202. As the company high shooter scoring a 336 out of 350. Private First Class Samuel L. Beckett from Platoon 3201 is the most physically fit marine scoring a 296 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 as the company Honor graduates, recruiter. Staff sergeant Andrew Kehoe. Also present today is the primary marksmanship instructor with a platoon high shooting average of 220 for platoon 3207 sergeants or N. F. L. Yeah. Bow 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. Yeah, examples of these traits are discipline, the achievement of a state of discipline which asserts 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 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. Mhm. 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. Though battlefields change and capabilities evolve. History proves that true victory comes from the individual marine with steeled 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. Their result 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. I 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 are all marines as basic rifleman. In addition, due to an intensive physical training program, their strength and endurance have doubled since their arrival bore the recruit depot. They’re marines qualified to take their places in the ranks of the world’s finest fighting organization. Mhm. Yeah. The platoons are now being aligned from left to right in order to get them into their exact positions for the parade. 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? Mm Mhm mm. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem. Yeah mm. Mhm. Yeah yeah thank you. Please be seated following the command parade, rest the parade. Adjutant will give the command sound off which signals the band the parade forward of the assembled marines while playing military marching music. Right. Mhm. Yeah. Okay thank you. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. No. Yeah mm. Mhm. Mhm. Right. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah of the the parade Ashton now presents the assembled command to the commander of troops. Really Really three. Mhm. Mhm. At the command officer center March, all unit commanders and guide on bearers march to 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. Mhm. Yeah. Okay. Mhm. Okay. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm mm. Mhm. Mhm. Okay. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm mm mm. Okay. 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 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. Okay thank you. Please be seated. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Sergeant Major Peter A CIA. Sergeant Major for first Marine expeditionary force who is attending today. To see his son graduate. Private first class Stojakovic from platoon 3207. Welcome Sergeant Major CIA. Ladies and gentlemen, the battalion commander for third or through 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 in 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 I it is also my distinct pleasure to introduce our parade, reviewing official, Major General fayed whose impressive biography you will hear shortly. General. 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 stands are the families of the officers and drill instructors of India 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 India Company. We also know that making marines is a team effort and it all begins with the hardworking Marine corps recruiters who are spread throughout this great country of ours today. Marine Corps recruiting command is represented by staff sergeant who P. Of recruiting. Substation. Billings Montana, staff sergeant, who p. Was the recruiter for our company honor graduate, lance corporal cason. It was staff sergeant who P who first gave lance corporal cason 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 19 years old on average and already in better shape than most people their age, 99% of them are high school graduates, six 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, five different countries, some are from as far away as Fiji or Cameroon. Others are from just across the street here in san Diego. But it was a single goal that brought the 183 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 as they got off those busses and 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 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 war fighting skills so that when this nation calls its marines always win And thanks to the marksmanship instructors at weapons field training battalion and 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. Today. Weapons field training battalion is represented by Sergeant you about who was the marksmanship instructor for our high shooting platoon platoon 32 07 Outstanding job sergeant. 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 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 is the change within that we are 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’ve 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 all laid. That I am proud to present 183 young men who through their own blood, sweat and tears can now and forever claim the title United States marine. Yes. Now if you’ll excuse me for a moment while I address our new marines one last time. Good morning marines. Did you all hear that? That is pure pride. That is pride in themselves, Pride in the title that they have earned. Now India company. I know when you arrived here so many weeks ago, the last thing on your mind was graduation, you’re probably thinking what in the world have I gotten myself into and how do I get them to stop yelling at me? But you stay in 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 gonna 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 recruiters because I can promise you your drill instructors 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 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 the support personnel here aboard Marine Corps recruit depot SAn Diego. Let me be the first to issue fair winds following seas, semper Fidelis. Marines. Welcome to our core that Now taking their position in the reviewing area is today’s parade reviewing official. Major General Michael F. Commanding General of 4th Marine Division. He’s accompanied by Brigadier General Jason L. Morris. Commanding general for Marine Corps recruit depot SAN Diego and the western recruiting region freeze. Major General Michael F. Fahey, Commanding General of 4th Marine Division. Major General Michael F. was commissioned in 1987 after graduating from the University of San Diego. Upon successfully completing the basic school he attended the Infantry officer course aboard Quantico Virginia, earning the military occupational specialty of 0302 Infantry officer, Major General Fay. He has served in a variety of challenging billets in numerous commands to include Rifle Platoon Commander at 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Company Commander at Alpha Company, Intelligence Support Battalion san Diego, Commanding officer at Fourth Force Reconnaissance Company, Alameda California, Deputy Director at Joint Detachment, Denver Colorado and Joint Intelligence Operations Center Honolulu Hawaii Officer in charge at National Intelligence University, Defense Intelligence Agency Washington, D. C. Commanding General at Force Headquarters Group, Marine Force Reserve and Commanding General at Marine Forces South. Major General Fahey currently serves as the commanding general of 4th Marine Division. Major General Phase. Personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award. Joint Service commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action ribbon with gold Star in lieu of second award. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Major General Michael F Fahey. The Prison, aye, aye, sir. Right, More than a million marines have been trained here in the past 100 years and have departed San Diego for combat in conflicts around the world, including places whose names are immediately associated with marine courage and dedication names such as Guadalcanal Tarawa, Iwo Jima chosin Inchon chosen reservoir, Casone way city, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Kuwait Somalia, Fallujah, Ramadi marja Sang Again and our most current operations worldwide. This parade deck is rich in history and tradition and no marine trained here. Africans its sights and sounds. Mhm. Mhm. Ladies and gentlemen, the commander of troops. Captain john F Hunt, company Commander and the regimental staff. Mm. Ladies and gentlemen, as the national flag passes directly in front of you, please rise. Once it passes you may be seated mm. Mhm. Marine Ben san Diego. Marine Corps recruit depot san Diego California. What? Yeah. Series 3201 series Commander. Captain Austin J. Must belt and honor platoon griegos. In 201 senior drill instructor. Staff sergeant, Michael R. Moser. Okay, three Platoon 3202 Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Alexander E. Solace. Yeah, platoon 3203 senior drill instructor, Staff sergeant Sean M. Net a dog. Okay, the regimental color guard is led by the regimental color sergeant, drill instructor. Sergeant. Marcus Hill. Series 3205 series Commander Captain Kirkland Elva. Trela, Platoon 3205 Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant, Christopher, J Platoon 3206 Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Andrew R. Dougherty. Okay. Mhm. Platoon 3207 Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sgt. Rolando Leyva. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm mm. Mhm. Mhm. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you turn to page 21 of your graduation pamphlets, you will find the marines. Him. The Marines. Him has a history dating back to 1859. 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 and to 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 anchors away followed by the marines. Him, will the guest please rise. Yeah. Oh thank you. Please be seated. Okay. The marine course uniqueness and strength is an elite fighting force is directly attributable to the magnificent efforts of the drawing structures 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 core. 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 I 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. The intense initial training that every marine undergoes is designed to instill the fundamental premise that every marine is a rifleman. Okay. Mhm Yeah. Hey 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 John F. Hunt, the company. First sergeant is first sergeant Christian a Fuentes. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause For the Company’s Staff of Company I the next portion of the ceremony will be the traditional function of retiring the guidance. The guidance have been carried by the platoons 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 platoon honor graduates. The platoon honor graduates compete for 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. The guidance will now be returned to the drill instructors. Wow. Yeah, wow, okay. Hey, okay. Okay, okay. The honor graduates will now be presented a plaque by the battalion commander, lieutenant Colonel action hurst and the battalion sergeant, major Sergeant Major Cruise. Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until all honor graduates have been recognized freeze yeah, yeah. The honor graduate for platoon 3201. And the company honor graduate is Lance corporal Nicholas T cason from Long island New York. Lance corporal cason is also the recipient of the chesty puller award for his outstanding meritorious performance while in recruit training. The honor graduate for platoon 3202 is Private first class Dylan E. Gross from Kashmir Washington. The honor graduate for platoon 3203 is private first class Scott smith from blazer ville California. The honor graduate for platoon 3205 is private first class carl C. Nickerson from Canby Oregon. The honor graduate for platoon 3206 and the series. Honor graduate is private first class Jalen el jones from O’Fallon Illinois. And the honor graduate for platoon 3207 is Private first class Luke. A dabbler from Rockdale Texas. Ladies and gentlemen, the honored graduates of Company I boy. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Oh Company First Sergeant. Company 1st. Our recording is ordered 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 in your truck. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today’s ceremony. Yeah, absolutely. Ready to Yeah.

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