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 46MYYM UNIT By YM/SSgt Hunter McDonough Pueblo (CO) On March 19, 2016 the Pueblo Young Marines were invited to participate in the Pueblo Friends of the NRA banquet, held at the Pueblo Convention Center. The NRA Foundation presented a grant to the Pueblo Young totaling $4,767 to fund our unit’s firearms safety and marksmanship program. Our unit is excited to be able to learn proper firearms safety and important marksmanship skills.Our unit receives much support from our community here in Pueblo, and we are honored that the NRA Foundation is willing to help our program grow. We were able to help with a live auction during the banquet by carrying items around so that the people at the tables could see the items. I was in shock when a can of soda and some sticky buns were sold for almost $1,000. The gentleman who purchased them said it was fine, since the money was go- ing towards next year’s grants for youth marksmanship programs in our com- munity. The Pueblo Young Marines have been asked to present the Colors at next year’s event. NRA Foundation Awards $4,767 to the Pueblo Young Marines Pueblo Young Marines pictured from left to right: YM/LCpl Timmothy Pa- checo, YM/SSgt Hunter McDonough, YM/SSgt Juanita Gallegos and YM/ Cpl Piper Weingardt. Last May, Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines hosted Aviation Day at Seymour Air Park, Seymour,TN.The air park is owned by Unit Commander Larry Winters. Young Marines from North Knoxville and Southeast Ten- nessee Area Young Marines units joined us for a fun-filled day. Interactive displays from the Army National Guard, Blount County Fire Department, the Blount County Mounted Posse, and Marine Staff from I&I in Knoxville were on view, as well as other fun activities. Marine Corps League members at- tended and helped with the event. We conducted aerial map reading and ground schools.More than 60 Young Marines were able to fly in private airplanes with licensed private pilots. All of our pilots are veterans in- cluding an Air Force Colonel and a Naval Aviator who had attended Top Gun School. One of our younger members, an eight year old said the event was “way cool”. Although some Young Marines were at first hesitant to fly in a four passenger plane, they all conquered their fears and were happy for the experience. -- Submitted by Kathy Winters, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman (TN) Young Marines Unit Commander Larry Winters giving a ground school briefing with the Young Marines. Unit Commander Larry Winters preparing to pre-flight an aircraft before boarding. Tennessee: Young Marines Units Join to Learn About Aviation Music City: Flags Lowered Honoring Former First Lady Nancy Reagan At their unit drill last March 18, Music City (TN) Young Ma- rines lowered the colors to half-mast outside their drill building, Nashville’s Masonic Lodge #612, to honor the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. --Submitted by Peggy Northcutt, Adult Leader, Music City (TN)Young Marines ESPRIT ONLINE | Page 7