Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46Central Ohio Young Marines in Columbus is a young unit with a small number of Young Marines.YM/ Sgt Jon Crawford began recruit training for the unit in March, 2011. He was the first Young Marine in the unit to attend JLS and the first in the unit to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. We have learned many lessons about running a unit through the dedicated work of YM/Sgt Craw- ford. He has been a the perfect example of a Young Marine. It has been a great pleasure watching him mature over the past four years and we are proud to announce that he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (also a first for the unit) and will report later this summer. Congratulations YM/ Sgt Crawford! --Submitted by Susan Daood, Unit Commander, Central Ohio Young Marines Right: YM/Sgt Jon Crawford with his USMC recruiter. From Central Ohio YMs to the Marine Corps Capital City Young Marines (NC), are proud to announce the April 2016 graduation of Emily Rando from United States Marine Corps recruit training at Parris Island, SC. Rando graduated from 4th Recruit Training Battalion (Oscar Company, Pla- toon 2012), which boasts all-female recruits and is run by female drill in- structors and officers. Each of the three companies within 4th Recruit Training Battalion - November, Oscar, and Papa - typically houses two 50-60 recruit pla- toons. Rando earned Honor Graduate for her company. This prestigious award is as- sociated with Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, and is only given to the top male and top female of each graduat- ing class. “The ‘Chesty’ Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award,” writes the Ma- rine Corps Association, “is presented to the Marine of each graduating company who demonstrated the highest poten- tial for future leadership and responsi- bility in the Marine Corps.” “The Young Marines gave me a skill set to help me not only with my Ma- rine Corps career,” said Rando, “but my future.” Rando was with our unit for less than two years before graduating but quick- ly became an integral and well-liked leader. She truly set an example for all others to follow by her selflessness. Though she could have finished mile runs first, she was often found near the back motivating those who were strug- gling. We are extremely proud of Rando and thankful that the Young Marines program could prepare her in some small way for the honorable path she has chosen. --Submitted by Keya Gibbons, Unit Staff Capital City (NC) YM Alumnus Earns “Chesty” Puller Recruit Company Honor Grad Award ESPRIT ONLINE | Page 30