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ESPRITVolume42014 ByYoungMarinesForYoungMarinesESPRITPage1NationalHeadquartersStaffMichaelKesslerNationalExecutiveDirectorChiefExecutiveOfcerJosephVenableNationalDeputyDirectorJosephLusignanDeputyDirectorWestCoastOperationsandProgramDrugDemandReductionResourceOfcerRobertBorkaDirectorofOperationsMikeTracyDirectorofFinanceGaryWeisbaumChiefMarketingOfcerMichaelGuilesDirectorofTrainingJudyJonesDirectorofAdministrationStephanieGuilesDirectorofEducationJosephBlesInspectorGeneraloftheYoungMarinesPatriciaBorkaDatabaseAdministratorAlvinHendricksTrainingEducationSpecialistTimKupperXpertMediaManagementLLCWebmasterServiceJaimeJassoYoungMarinesESPRITEditorLayoutandDesignBoardofDirectorsChairmanoftheBoard-WilliamSmithAppointedMember-WilliamBarnesAppointedMemberBoardSecretary-DinaDillonGeneralCounsel-HerbHarmonAppointedMember-AndreHollisNationalExecutiveDirector-MichaelKesslerInvitedMember-GeneOverstreetInvitedMember-GeneOverstreetAppointedMemberTreasurer-CathrinePayneViceChairmanoftheBoard-WilliamJ.WalkerYoungMarinesNationalFoundationExecutiveDirector-MikeZeliffYoungMarinesAlumniAssociationExecutiveDirector-EdgarHuffDivisionCommandersRobertDittrichDivisionOneGeorgeBiedenbenderDivisionTwoJohnGionetDivisionThreeCharlesJacksonDivisionFourRonPownallDivisionFiveMichaelWilsonDivisionSixDivisionYoungMarinesoftheYearYMSgtMajAustinLoppeDivisionOneYMSgtMajJasonMooneyDivisionTwoYMSgtMajAlexanderMessmerDivisionThreeYMSgtMajJoshuaAikmanDivisionFourYMSgtMajMichaelBorkaDivisionFiveYMSgtMajBlakeDeWeeseDivisionSixNationalYoungMarineoftheYearYMSgtMajBlakeDeWeeseCombinedFederalCampaignNumberCFC2141 FromourNationalDirectorPage2ESPRITTherearetimeswhenIreectonwhatIwanttosayinmyarticleandhavetoforcemyselftomakesureIdontrambleonstatingtheobvious.IamgratefultobeinapositionwhereIcantravelandwatchtheincrediblethingsourYoungMarinesdointheircom-munitiesorwhengatheredasateamtosupportanactivity.TheLeadershipAcademyandEncampmentareacoupleofexamples.Graduationsandbirthdayballceremoniesareanother.InfactIwashonoredtoattendtheOregonCascadeYoungMarinesBirth-dayBallwithNationalYoungMarineoftheYearYMSgtMajorBlakeDewesse.Iwasveryappreciativeoftheirhospitalityandcannotbegintothankthemenoughforlookingoutforme.SamethingtotheFloridaRegimentsAdultLeadersConferenceandleadershipsymposium.Mr.JimBurkeandtheentireregimentwerefuntobewithandIwasim-pressedbytheteam-likeatmospheretheyshowed.ThelastfewmonthshavebeensomewhatofawhirlwindstartingwithNavajoCodeTalkerDayinWindowRockArizona.TheYoungMarinesmademeproud.AndBren-daMcNultyscommitmenttothiseventisbecominglegendary.ShehasgarneredthefullattentionoftheNavajoNationandtheyhavebecomedependentonhertohelpen-suretheirlegacy.ThankyouBrenda.ThedebutofGenerationsofHonorAYearintheLifeofaYoungMarineoccurredon10November2014inLexingtonKentucky.Thisisanincredibledocumentarythatshow-casesourorganizationwithafocusonourattentiontoourveteransthroughourworkwiththeNavajoCodeTalkersPearlHarborRemembranceandtheannualGuamIwoJimatrip.ButIalsowishtofocusonacoupleofau-thorsinthisissueofEspritYMSSgtDerekCintronofRutherfordCountyandYMLCplFranchescaReyesofBuckleyField.YoungMarineCintronmakesacommentonwhichIthinkweallneedtoreectandthatisontheyoungestoftheYoungMarinesorthosewhoarejustfndingtheirwayinourorga-nization.IappreciatethefactthathehastakenownershipofsomethingthatweallneedtoensureremainsasacornerstoneoftheYoungMarinesournewestmembers.Whattheylearnwhattheyareexposedtoandhowtheyaretreatedcontinuestoserveusallaswebuildalargerandmorevibrantprogram.HerecognizesthatourseniorYoungMarinesaretheonesbestpositionedtomakethathappen.Thankyouforthatre-minderYMSSgtCintron.AndYMReyesofBuckleyFieldputitper-fectlywhenshesaidinherarticle.IdidsomethingIdontthinkIwouldvehadthemo-tivationtodoifIwasnotintheYoungMarinesprogramasshedescribedsomeoftheac-tivitiesatherfeldevent.HercommentondoingthingsthatshemightotherwisenothavedonewereshenotintheYoungMa-rinesrangtrue.AndinreadingthatIaskedmyselfhowmanyotherYoungMarineshavehadexperiencesthattheywouldneverhavehadwereitnotfortheopportunitiesofferedintheYoungMarines.InarticlebyYMSSgtDerekCintronoftheRutherfordCountyYoungMarinesentitledSomeThoughtsAbouttheFutureoftheYoungMarineshesaysSooftenIhearthatwetheyouthareAmericasfuture.IthinkthisistrueandIthinkthisiswhywealldecidedtojointheYoungMarines.ButIalsothinkthatthePFCsprivatesandLanceCorporalsarenotonlythefutureofthiscountrybutalsothefu-tureofthisprogram.Thatistheessenceofleadershipknowingthevalueofthoseun-deryourchargeandpreparingthemforthenextstep.Mostofyouunderstandthatphilosophyandareinapositiontomakeabigdifference.Takeadvantageofit.Theliferewardsareremarkable.SemperFidelisMikeKesslerFollowusonFacebookwww.facebook.comusyoungmarinesandournationalhomepagewww.youngmarines.comInaPositiontomakeaDifference TheImportanceofRecordBookMaintenanceESPRITPage3ByYMSgtMajBlakeDeWeeseNationalYoungMarineoftheYear2014-2015OregonCascadeORYoungMarinesasweapproachanewscalyearyouwillndyourselfprogressinginyourcareerasaYoungMarine.Thisisgoodaswewantyoutoconstantlybelearningnewthingsandimplementingthemwithinyourrespectiveunits.AnaspectofyourYoungMarinecareerthateveryoneshouldbewell-versedinisRecordBookMaintenance.KeepinguptodateonyourrecordbookisanecessityasaYoungMarine.WithoutityoumayndyourselfineligibleforleadershipschoolsorSPACESactivities.ThisisasharedresponsibilitybetweentheRegisteredAdultsoftheunitaswellastheYoungMarines.Takingtheinitiativeforre-viewingyourownrecordbookdemonstratesaccountabilityanddedicationthesetraitsareoftensoughtafterinaYoungMarineleader.Takechargeofyourcareerensureyouaresquaredawayinthedatabaseandleavenothinginquestion.OorahYoungMarinesSincerelyYMSgtMajBlakeDeWeeseNationalYoungMarineoftheYear2014-2015.SgtMajBlakeDeWeeseThenationalpremiereofa30-min-utedocumentarylmGenerationsofHonorAYearwiththeYoungMa-rinestookplacelastNovemberatthehistoricKentuckyTheatreinLexingtonKY.Thelmwasalsobroadcastthefollowingweektostatewidetele-visionviewersonPBSstationKen-tuckyEducationalTelevisioninclud-ingaspecialshowingat730p.m.onVeteransDay.Attendingthepre-lmreception-weredignitariesfromtheYoungMarinesorganizationthelm-makersteamyouthmembersfromKentuckysthreeunitsNorthernKentuckyLexingtonandRichmondandstateofKentuckyluminaries.ThelmexplorestheYoungMa-rinesandourdedicationtolivingadrug-freelifestyleandcommit-tmenttohonoringgenerationsofAmericanmilitarymenandwomenwhoseservicepavedthewayforfreedom.Featuredinthelmarethe2013NationalYoungMarineoftheYearDakotaRichterYoungMarineadultvolunteersandseniorleadershipincludingNationalExecutiveDirectorMichaelKessler.AHighImpactProductionlmproducedbyPinnacleProduc-tionsofLexingtonthelmshowstheactivitiesoftheYoungMarinesthroughthecourseofayear.HavingworkedonvideoprojectswiththeYoungMarinesfor12yearsIfeltstronglythattheirremarkablestorywouldbebesttoldindocumentaryformsaidDouglasHighexecutiveproduceranddirectorofthelmandownerofHighImpactProductions.HighisalsoCo-AnchorofGoodMorn-ingKentuckyweekdaysontheABCTVafliateinLexingtonWTVQTV-36.IamgratefultoNationalExecu-tiveDirectorMikeKesslerforhisen-thusiasmandsupportoftheprojectthroughouttheproductionyearasourcamerasfollowedtheYoungMa-rinesastheyhonoredAmericasvet-eransinWashingtonDCPearlHarborGuamandIwoJimaHighsaid.WewerethereinArizonaastheywerein-troducedtotheremainingWWIINa-vajoCodetalkers.Imcondentthatviewerswillbeverymovedbywhattheysee.Eleventhousandboysandgirlsages8to18areYoungMarines.Unitsinnearlyeverystateinthecountrybuildcharacterleadershipandself-esteemintheirmembersthroughtheircorevaluesofleadershipteam-workanddiscipline.OnewaytheYoungMarinesteachthesevaluesisbyhonoringmilitaryheroespastandpresent.Thelmshowsindividualandunitaccomplishmentsintheirmissiontohonorandpreservemilitaryhistorybyrecognizingandsupportingveteransfromeveryconict.MikeKesslersaid.Weareextremelyproudtobringourmis-sionandmessagetoaregionalandnationalaudience.SincetheYoungMarineshumblebeginningsin1959withoneunitandahandfulofboystheorganizationhasgrowntomorethan300unitswith11000youthand3000adultvolunteersin46statestheDistrictofColumbiaGermanyJapanandafliatesinahostofothercountries.GenerationsofHonorPremieresinLexingtonKY UNITMYYMNatchaugRiverADayofMonumentsandMuseumsinDCPage4ESPRITThissummerourunitreceivedourcreekadoptionsignforcleaningourlocalcreekandparkinourcommunity.AspecialceremonywasheldatthegovernmentcenterindowntownCharlotteNCforustoacceptthesign.--SubmittedbyRankAlvinA.ChanthiratMecklenburgCountyNCASignforMecklenburgYMsByYMPFCShanePattersonNatchaugRiverCTMyunitwenttoWashingtonDCandwesawlotsofmonumentsandmuseums.MyfavoritewastheNationalMuseumoftheMarineCorps.Myunitbrokeintogroupsandeachgroupwentaroundthemuseumlookingatthehistoricphotographsfromwarsandstat-uesweaponsandtanks.MyfavoritedisplayfromthemuseumwasaJapanesetank.Ithadahugebarrelthatcouldblowupawholefort.ItwasfromWWII.Ihadtwogreat-grandpaswhowereinthatwar.BothofthemsawtheBattleofIwoJimaandlivedtotellofwhathappened.BothhavediedandIamproudtocallmyselfaPatterson.IalsosawtheIwoJimamonumentandtheWashingtonmonument.TheLincolnmonumentwastheBIGGESTIveeverseen.IhopeyougotoWash-ingtonDCsomedayandhaveasmuchfunasIdidByYMLCplMartinDavisEmeraldCoastFLIthadstartedwithanidea.Myidea.ThisideasprungtomindonedayafterschoolasIgotoffthebus.Istoppedandtookalookattherustingpropanetankinmyyard.Itwasjustsittingtherewithnopurpose.IhadachancetochangethatandIdecidedtoturnthatrustyoldpropanetankintoyardart.IwasgoingtomakeitlooklikeasubmarineThepurposeofmyideawastoshowthatYoungMarinescanmakeuseoftheirtimewithanything.Everybodyhasimagina-tionbuttheoneswhodosomethingwithitineverydaylifearedeterminedtobehappy.Ithinkitsbettertodosomethingwithyourimaginationandenjoytheresultsinsteadofcomplainingabouthavingnothingtodo.IgottothinkingandIdecidedthatthisthingneedswhatev-erysubmarinehasTorpedoesaperiscopeandapropeller.Myprojecttook5daystoaccomplishanditwasadifcultprocessbutIneverquit.ThissubmarineisnowtheMartinHomeMascot.Itrepre-sentsthestabilityandstrengthoftheEmeraldCoastYoungMarines.TheEmeraldCoastYoungMarineswillstayaoatandconquerallchallengeswhetheritbeaYoungMarinenothavingenoughPTorlackingindrillskills.Thechallengeswillbesolvedandovercomebyanymeansnecessaryasagroup.WhentheconstructionwasnishedIstoodforapictureandwasaskedWhatarewegoingtocallitMyreplywastheonlyreasonableoneIcouldthinkof.IlookedupsmiledandansweredTheYoungMarineSubmarine.EmeraldCoastAYoungMarineSubmarineIwantedtosharethiswordartthatImadeoftheYoungMarineObligation--SubmittedbyYMLCplJonathonGrayIIUpstateSCOurObligation ESPRITPage5Onthe4thofJulyFoothillsYoungMarineshadanopportunitytoperformColorGuardatthe4thofJulyGamefortheDenverOutlawsLacrosseteamatSportsAuthorityFieldatMileHighStadium.FollowingthegameisthelargestreworksdisplayinDenversothisgamereallybringsinabigcrowd.TheYoungMarinesdidagreatjobandledtheColorGuardthatwascomposedofUSMCNavyAirForcePoliceandFire.DidImentionthatalltheYoungMa-rinesintheColorGuardhadreportedtoSLSthenextdayTalkaboutatoughschedule--SubmittedbyStacyAndersonPublicRelationsOfcerFoothillsCOFoothillsColorGuardLacrosseandFireworksonthe4thofJulyFunattheendofalongdayofdrillNorthernKentuckyYoungMarineswererewardedforthetheirmotivationanddedicationwithawaterballoontoss.--SubmittedbyLynneArnoldandJaredRichterNorthernKentuckyYoungMarinesAssistingattheWWIIEraBallinBoulderColoradoByStacyAndersonPublicRelationsOfcerFoothillsCOTheWorldWarIIEraBallisheldeveryyearinBoulderCO.Theeventdrawsinpeopleofeveryage.ThisyearFoothillsYoungMa-rinesnotonlyhadtheopportunitytoassistwithparkingandper-formColorGuardbutwereaskedtobegreeters.AsgreeterstheYoungMarineshelpedVeteranstotheirseatsandmadesuretheywerefrontrowfortheColorGuardandopeningceremonies.MusicCityRecruitassiststheElderlyByPeggyNorthcuttAdultLeaderMusicCityTNMusicCityYoungMarinesheldweeklydrillatNashvillesCentennialParkonSaturdayOctober42014.TheparkislocatedneardowntownNashvilleandfea-turesareplicaofTheParthenoninAthensGreece.IhappenedtohearaladysayCansomeonehelpmedownwhenIturnedrecruitWoodardwasassistingherdownfromthestepsofthebuilding.ThetwoengagedinasmallconversationandIwassoproudofhimheusuallyseemssoquietbutcharmedrightuptothisniceladySoProudYoungMarineRecruitWoodwardlendingahandatNashvillesParthenon.YoungMarinesavintageJeepandaveteranattheWWIIEraBall.InMemoriamYMPVTJahlenMcDonaldItiswithdeepregretthattheFortMeadeMDYoungMarineshaslostoneofourownYMPVTJahlenZ.McDonald20Nov2000-21June2014.Ourprayersandthoughtsarewithhisfamilyandfriendsduringthisdifculttimemaytheyndpeaceandstrength.--SubmittedbyMelviSosaFortMeadeMD Page6ESPRITByYMPFCAustinGammonGraniteMountainAZTheGraniteMountainYoungMarineswenttoonatripthelocaljailandgottoseewhatitwaslike.Wealsolistenedtosomecommentsaboutdrugabuse.ThecoolestthingonthattripwaswhenwegottoseeademonstrationofK9dogsinaction.Wewereshownhowandwhatthedogsdowhentheydetectdrugsnotherewerentreallyanydrugsbutthedogsdetectedthescentofdrugsonsomeofthebags.Itwasverycool.TheK9demonstrationwasfollowedbyMr.ShrobersDrugDemandReductionclass.GraniteMountainARedRibbonWeekFieldTripByJoeLusignanYoungMarinesDrugDemandReductionResourceOfcerWerefastclosingontheendoftheyearandIjustwantedtothankourYoungMarinesandespeciallyourYoungMarineStaffVolunteersforthemonumen-talstrideswemadeincreatingabiggerDDRfoot-printinourcommunities.InthespringweunveiledourClosingtheGateonDrugsinitiativetakingad-vantageofagrantfromtheAmericanLegionsChildWelfareFoundationandmanyofourunitsjusttookoffwithitspreadingthemessageandthematerialsacrossthecountry.WeshouldbeespeciallyproudbecauseWEcreatedallthecontentofmaterial.Wedidntjuststampournameonsomeoneelsesproduct.Itsallours.AndyouknowwhatWeregettingrequestsfromteachersandotheror-ganizationtoseehowtheycanintroduceourstuffintotheirclass-rooms.InadditionOur3rdDivisionwontheFulcrumShieldAwardweawardedsixunitswiththeDEAsEnriqueKikiCamarenaDivi-sionAwardsandbothYoungMarinesandStaffacrossthenationsignedupandwerecertiedtoteachProjectAlert.ItisnowTHEYoungMarinescurriculumthatweareteachingfromWashingtontoFloridafromHawaiitoMaineandallpartsinbe-tween.AndwhatsniceaboutitisthatitsacurriculumthatsinteractiveandonethatallowsourseniorYoungMa-rinestobetheinstructors.RemembertokeepyourDDRtrainingfuninvitethelocallawenforcementtheemergencyroomnursesordoctorsandothersubjectmatterexpertsbutmakesuretoparticipateinProjectAlert.LastlydontforgetAfterAc-tionReportsforyourRRWef-fortsarewereduebyDecem-ber312015.DeadlinefortheKikiawardswillbeJanuary31st.Formsareinthedata-base.QuestionsContactmeatddryoungmarines.com.NowspeakingofroundingouttheyearSantacanwetalkaboutnutritionRoundingouttheYearofourDrugDemandReductionEfforts ESPRITPage7ByKimberlyGrayUpstateSCUpstateYoungMarinesproudlyjoinedforceswiththeNationalFamilyPartnershipbyparticipatinginthePlantthePromiseRedRibbonCampaign.TheNationalFamilyPartnershipwascreatedin1980byparentsacrossAmericainresponsetotherisinglevelofyouthdruguse.ThemissionoftheNationalFamilyPartnershipistoleadandsupportournationsfamiliesandcommunitiestonurturethefullpotentialofhealthydrug-freeyouth.TheNationalFamilyPartnershipworkstoaccomplishitsmissionthroughparentnetworkingthedistributionofeducationalmaterialsandmembershipbyconcernedindividualsandafliatedgroupsnationwide.ThePlantthePromiseideaoriginatedfromoneschoolwhohadtheideathatplantingredbulbswouldteachchildrenabouthopedelayedgraticationandthepromisetotakecareofwhatnaturehasmade.TheNationalPlantthePromiseCampaigncoincidedwithNationalRedRibbonWeekandprovidedawonderfulopportunityfortheYoungMarinestohelpreinforcetheDrugDemandReductionmessage.UpstateYoungMarinesRegisteredAdultLeadersandparentvolunteersplantedmorethan100redtulipbulbsatthePhoenixCenterinhonorofRedRibbonweek.ThePhoenixCenteristhelegislatedauthorityonsubstanceabusefortheGreenvilleSouthCarolinaareaandisisGreenvilleCountyslargestproviderofsubstanceabusedisordertreatmentrehabilitationandpreventionservices.PlantingowersisasymbolofhopeandwasagreatwaytoinvolvetheYoungMarineswiththeircommunity.Thesebulbswillbloomintobeautifulredtulipsinthespringandwillserveasareminderoftheimportanceandbeautyofadrug-freelifestyle.ItprovidedtheUpstateYoungMarineswiththechancetoenjoytheoutdoorsandconnectwithnature.Asanaddedcampaignbonustheredtulipsthatwereplant-edduringOctobersRedRibbonweekwillbloominAprilduringNationalAlcoholAwarenessMonth.ThiswasagreatwayforourYoungMarinestosupportadrug-freeAmericabyplantingbulbsthatwillserveascontinuousvibrantreminders.RedRibbonWeekUpstateYoungMarinesParticipateinPlantthePromiseUpstateSupportingadrug-freeAmerica.AProudPresentationIattendedaverywell-researchedDrugDe-mandReductionpresentationpreparedbyYMPVTChaizeRatcliff--SubmittedbyYMGYSgtJaredRichterNorthernKentuckyKYYoungMarinescelebratedRedRibbonWeekbydemonstratingourDDRgameandtheDDRcardgamessentbyNationaltopotentialnewrecruits.AllattendingreceivedDrugandAlcohol-freepledgecardsdrugresistancepamphletsandslapbracelets.--SubmittedbyJudyLinkWesternNewYorkYoungMarinesItsHowWePlay Page8ESPRITYoungMarinesattendNationalTeachingTodaysYouthByYMGYSgtRichardPopeSeafordDEIhadthehonorofservingasYoungMarinePublicRelationsOfceratNationalNavajoCodeTalkerDaythisyear.IbelievethatthebestwayforanyYoungMarinetounderstandjusthowgreatanexperiencethisisistoliveit.TheNavajoCodeTalkerswereagroupofNativeAmericansfromtheNavajoNationwhojoinedtheMarineCorpsinWorldWarIIandweretaskedwithcreatinganunbreakablecodetouseinthePacicastheJapanesehadbeenabletobreakeveryothercodeused.TheysucceededincreatingacodetheonlycodetheJapanesewouldneverbreak.DuetotheirsuccesstheCodeTalkerseven-tuallyservedinallsixMarineCorpsDivisionsandwereamajorpartofcampaignsatGuadalcanalandIwoJima.AsidefromtheirskillwiththecodetheCodeTalkerswereamazingMarines.Ac-cordingtooneCodeTalkerMr.AlfredNewmanthiswasduetotheirhighshootingscoresandtestscoresbutalsoinlargepartduetotheirspirituality.Mr.NewmantoldmethestoryofhowhejoinedtheMarineCorps.HewasamusedbytheneedfortheNavajoLanguagethesamelanguagehehadbeensenttoschoolstodestroy.Mr.NewmansaidhelaughedoutloudwhenhisrecruiteraskedhimifhespokeNavajobecausehehadbeensousedtonotevenbeingallowedtomentionthelanguage.AnotherveryspecialmomentonthatrstnightwaswhenthewifeofoneoftheCodeTalkersstoodupandthankedtheYoungMarinesforallwedo.ShetoldtheYoungMarinesandStaffthatYoungMarinesmakeherhavehopeforAmericasfuture.IhaveheardmyshareofmotivationalspeechesbuttheimpromptuwordsfromthiswomansetthetonefortherestoftheweekandmotivatedtheYoungMarines.Onthedayoftheeventandparadetherewasachargeintheairatchow.Allseemedtobeanticipatingthedaysevents.Everyoneseemedtobeonamissionthatday.WhenMrs.McNultyspoketousabouttheplansofthedayev-eryonepaidcloseattention.Whenitcametimetochangeintoouruniformsfortheparadeeveryoneseemedtobedouble-checkingeverything.BythetimewegotoutsidetolineupfortheparadeIwascertainthatwasthiswasgoingtobeaveryspecialday.WhenitcametimeforusetobeginourmarchfromthehoteltotheVeteransParkunderWindowRockwewerefullofmotivationtostepoff.Themarchitselfwasamazingandhelpedtokeepusmotivatedfortherestofthedaysevents.IwillalwaysrememberthatcrosseswithnamesofNavajoCodeTalkerswhomhavepassedawaylinedtheroad.RightaboutthetimewegottoChesterNezMr.McDonoughyelledoutRememberwhyweareheretodayWhenwegottotheparktheworkbeganimmediatelytheYoungMarinephotographersbrokeofftosnappicturesandYoungMarinesbegantoescortpeopletotheirseats.ThereweremanyguestswhospokeabouttheCodeTalkersandthankedthempubliclyfortheirservicetoournation.OnespecialguestwasMajGenCollinsoftheUnitedStatesMarineCorpswhotalkedaboutthehonortheMarinesholdfromtheCodeTalkersandthepridethattheMarineCorpstakesintheirservice.SgtMajGeneOverstreetthe12thSergeantMa-joroftheMarineCorpsalsospokeandhetoldtheCodeTalkersthatwhenMarinesgothroughbootcamptheylearnabouttheCodeTalkersroleinMarineCorpshistory.ShortlyfollowinghisspeechwastheagceremonyperformedbytheYoungMarinesandthenthetraditionalNavajoDances.TheYoungMarinesthenallconvenednexttooneofthememorialsandwecon-ductedourpromotionandawardsceremonies.ThosebeingpromotedhadthehonorofbeingpinnedbyMr.KesslerandSgtMajOverstreetwithtwoNavajoCodeTalkersinattendance.Ourceremoniesendedwiththehonorabledis-chargeofaYoungMarineonhisbirthday.InthefollowingdayswewenttotheNavajoZooandtheNa-vajoMuseumwherewewatchedanexclusivevideoabouttheCodeTalkers.Onourlastdayweranthe5KthroughtheNavajoNation.ThiuseventraisedmoneytohelptheNavajoCodeTalk-ersandtheirfamilies.AswegotonthebustoleaveArizonaeveryYoungMarineregardlessofrankhadtwothingsincom-mon.Onewasthattheywereexhaustedbutthesecondwastheycouldwalkawayknowingthattheexperiencestheyhadinthelastweekthekindthatoccuronceinalifetime.RememberWhyWeAreHereToday ESPRITPage9ByYMLCplJon-CristianMonserratTemeculaValleyCAThisyearwasmysecondtimeattendingNationalNavajoCodeTalkersDay.IamgratefulthatlastyearChesterNezthelastoriginalcodetalkerwasstilllivingandIhadtheopportunitytoseehimandalltheotherbraveMarineveterans.ItwasanexperienceIwillrememberforlife.IveheardstoriesabouthowthesemensavedAmericanlivesbycreatingacodebasedontheNavajolanguagethattheJapanesecouldntcrack.TheNavajoCodeTalkerswerenotal-lowedtodiscusstheirworkasamatterofnationalsecurity.MostAmericansdidnotknowaboutthecodetalkersroleinWorldWarIIuntillongafterthewarended.PresidentRonaldReagansetasideaspecialdaytohonortheNavajocodetalkersfortheirbraveryandservice.In1982hedeclaredAugust14tobeNationalNavajoCodeTalkersDay.At-tendingthiseventIvebeenabletogetatruelookintothesacricestheymade.Theyareheroicandhumble.TheirsenseofdutyisaninspirationtomeandshouldbetoallYoungMarineswhohavehadthepleasureofmeetingthem.TheNavajoCodeTalkers-PartofTheGreatestGenerationAOnceInALifetimeExperienceByYMCplAnnaSaucedoTemeculaValleyCAAttendinganationalYoungMarineseventisamazingbutgoingtosuchaneventtomeetsomeofournationsmosthumbleheroesisevenbetter.YoungMarinesfromTemeculaValleyandacrossthecountryhadtheopportunitytomeetandspeakwiththeNavajoCodeTalkersinWindowRockAZlastsummer.AtonepointinhistoryournationtreatedtheNavajopeopleharshlyforbiddingthemfromusingtheirnativelanguagereducingthesizeoftheirlandsandforcingtheirrelocation.Laterwhenweweredes-peratelyinneedofanunbreakablecodeduringWorldWarIIthebraveNavajoCodeTalkerswerecalledupontousethissamelan-guagetohelpournationswareffort.Hearingthesebravemensstoriesrsthandissomuchmorein-terestingthanreadingtheminabook.ThereasonIhadthefreedomtomeettheNavajoCodeTalkerswasbecauseoftheirloyalservicetoourcountry.TheywerewillingtolaydowntheirlivesforAmericasfreedomalthoughtheywouldreturnhomeattheendofthewarunrecognizedfortheirheroicdeeds.ItwasaprivilegetowatchthewreathlayingNavajoritualsandtohikeWindowRockontheirsacredland.IwasoverjoyedtoattendNavajoCodeTalkerDay2014.Itwastrulyanhonortomeetthemhearoftheirexperiencesshaketheirhandsandthankthemfortheirheroismandloyalservicetoourcountry.WithoutanyhesitationIrecommendthatyouattendthiseventnextyear.ByYMCPLJosiSoergelTornadoAlleyKSIattendedthisyearsNationalNavajoCodeTalkersDayanditwasamazingbeyondwhatIhadevenimagined.WeattendedthecelebrationonAugust14thanditwasanamazingday.TheNavajosperformedtraditionaldancesandinvitedsomeoftheYoungMarinestoparticipateandIwasoneofthemTheNavajosblessedalotofusforasafetriphomeandweallarrivedsafelyalthoughIsleptmostofthewaybutanyway...Thetripwassocool.ImadesomanyfriendsandmetYoungMarinessomewhoIalreadyknewbuthadntseeninforeverIwanttogiveashout-outtoYoungMarineSgtBasewhowasmyroommateattheeventandisandOUTSTANDINGYoungMarine.AlsotheSeafordunityouguysknowwhoyouarefromCameralady.Youguysmadethetripamazing.AndtoMrs.McNultyforyoureffortsonbehalfofthiseventTHANKYOUItWasAmazingBeyondWhatIHadEvenImaginedNavajoCodeTalkerDay2014AboutYesterdaysHeroes Page10ESPRITYoungMarinesCOMMUNITYSERVICEBuildingRelationshipswiththe5thBattalion14thMarinesByYMCplNathanMantleSoutheastCountyCATheSoutheastCountyYoungMa-rineswereeagertoprovideassis-tancetoourU.S.MarineswiththeirFamilyDayattheSealBeachNa-valWeaponsStationinCaliforniaonSeptember142014.Atthiseventtherewasadunktankbarbecueandmuchmore.TheYoungMarinessetupaboothandprovidedfacepaintingforthechildrenandfamilymembersofourbelovedMarines.SgtMajWood5thBattalion14thMarinesgaveamotivationalspeechabouttheYoungMarinesprogramandaskedifanyMarineswouldliketovolunteerforfutureSoutheastCountyYoungMarinesevents.ToourdelighteightMarinesansweredthecall.Theyexpressedanin-terestinhelpingwithfutureeventssuchasdrillcompeti-tionsparadesmapandcom-passnavigationaswellasmanyotherbasictrainingac-tivities.OncetheeventwasnishedtheYoungMarineshelpedwithcleaningupandpolic-ingtheareaandSgtMajWoodwasverythankfulforouras-sistance.Allinallitwasafundaywiththe5thBattal-ion14thMarineswhereourSoutheastCountyYoungMarinesformednewfriendshipsthatwillbeofgreatbenetforyearstocome.YMPFCNguyenfacepaintingatFamilyDay.InlandWereBuildingOurCommunityServiceTeamByLuciaMoralesAdultLeaderInlandCALocationLomaLindaMedicalCenterTriathlonsupportingPos-sAbilitiesmembers.IamsoproudtobeinvolvedinourInlandYoungMarinesUnitinMorenoValleyCA.ImoneoftheRegisteredAdultLeadersandImsharingthisinformationaboutthiseventandrecognizeourunit.ItsmypleasuretocoordinatesomeofourYoungMarinescom-munityserviceevents.OurYoungMarineswerehonoredtobepartofthisTriathlonatLomaLindaHospitaltosupportretireddisabledveteranschildrenwithdisabilitiesandtheirfamiliesandfriends.Someofthemwereabletorollswimandridetheirhandcyclesandbicyclesotherstriedhardandalthoughitwasdifcultforthemtheyprovedthatnothingcanstoptheirdrivetobeac-tiveandserveasex-amplesforotherstofollow.NevergiveupItwasaninspiringactivitytoallourYoungMarineswhoparticipatedasvolunteers.SomeawardedHonorMedalstothetopparticipantsandMedalstothosewhoparticipatedfortheireffortanddedication.Ourchildrenlivedthiseventtothemaximum.SeeingpeoplewithdisabilitiesachievetheirgoalswasalearningexperienceandshowedourYoungMarinesthevalueinfollowingtheirdreamsandbelievinginthemselves.ImsoproudofalltheYoungMarineswhoweretherehandingoutbottlesofwaterdirectingthetrafcandcleaninguptheeldaftertheevent.Helpingourcommunityisoneofourmanygoals.Inserv-ingneedychildrenourveteransandallthepeoplewhowerebroughttogetheratthiseventremindeduswhywejoinedtheYoungMarinesWewereabletohelpothersweworkedasateamandwewerethereforthosewhoneededus.OurYoungMarineslookforwardtocontinuingtoservingourcommunitiesintheInlandarea.WhenweserveourcommunitieswearedevelopingourYoungMarinespersonalandprofessionalskillsskillswhichwillgivethemanopportunitytogrowandbecomegoodAmericanCiti-zens.Iftheyhavestrongbeliefsinthemselvestheywillbeverysuc-cessfulinthefuture.SSgtWilliamBrownJr.andourRegisteredAdultLeaderswillcontinuetokeepourYoungMarinesunitac-tiveandberolemodelsforothers.WeareveryproudofourYoungMarinesunitandtheiraccomplishments. ESPRITPage11ByYMCplAndrewThompsonYMPVTB.McVeighandYMLCpl.KieranOBrienSouthernOregonORFromJuly25ththroughAugust3rdtheYoungMarinesofSouthernOregonandRogueValleyattendedMarineWeekinSeattleWA.Itwasaverylongdrivetoourdestina-tionbutmostofussleptforagoodpartofit.WearrivedandsawthatwewerestayingatFortLewisArmyBase.ItwasreallycooltobeabletostaythereforsevendaysbetteryetwegottostayinWorldWarII-erabarracks.WemetwithsomemembersoftheRogueValleyunitthenweunpackedandwenttothechowhallandhadsurprisinglygoodfood.OnSaturdaywewenttoaWNBAgametheSeattleStormsvs.LosAngelesSparks.Thegamewastelevisedandweputonacolorguardforthegame.Wethenre-turnedtothebarracksandhittheracks.Wehadmanyexpectationsfortheup-comingdays.Duringdaytwowegotatruefeelforwhatthetripwouldbelike.Itwasroughinthebeginningbuteven-tuallytheYoungMarinesandstaffgottolovethesoundsoftheirhistoriccreakingbunksstairsandoorboards.Thecon-stantheatatnightwasaminorobstacleweallovercametherstnightasdif-cultasitmayhavebeen.WehadarecruitingboothsetuptohelpthenewformingSeattleYoungMarinesgetpeopleinterestedinjoining.Wewenttherefortherestoftheweektohelpoutwiththebooth.WhilethisboothwassetuptohelptheentireprogramgrowitwasprimarilytheretohelpthenewunitinSeattleinrecruitingnewmembers.WealwayshadbetweentwotofourYoungMarinespresentinthebooth.Thedayswentbyalmostinablur.WejoinedintoteamsandcompetedontheobstaclecourseonedaythenonSun-daywewenttotheMuseumofFlightandsawtheair-craftandexhibitsthere.TheMuseumofFlightwasadifferentexperiencealtogether.TheWorldWarIIexhibitsattractedmostofourinterest.Therewerecountlessairplanesandhis-torylessonswhichwereamazingtoseereadandlearnabout.WemetaLieuten-antGeneralduringourtimeattheMu-seumofFlight.HetoldusabouthistimeintheMarineCorpsandleader-ship.Withallthetimewespentthereweonlyscratchedthesurfaceofalltheknowledgethatthemuseumhastooffer.AcrossfromtheMuseumwastheBoeingairportandwegottoseetheNavyBlueAngelsightdem-onstrationsquadrontakeoffandlandanumberoftimes.BecauseitwasMarineWeektheyhadlotsofcoolthingsintheparkinglotlikeanOspreyV-22armoredvehi-clesandevenanAV-8Harrierjet.ThereweremanyMarinesinsidetoo.Wecheckedoutalltheexhib-its.OurfavoriteswerethetouroftheCobrahelicopterandtheUH-1orHueyhelicopter.WealsometMarineCplWilliamKyleCarpenterwhowasarecipientoftheMedalofHonor.Hewashonoredforde-fendinghisfellowMarinesfromagre-nadeblastinAfghanistan.SemperFiCorporalCarpenter.WealsomettheYoungMarinesNation-alExecutiveDirectorMikeKesslerwhocoinedourunit.AlthoughMarineWeekslocationchangesannuallyitisstillanamazingopportunityandsomethingyoudenite-lydontwanttomiss.Thedayspassedtooquicklyandtheeventwasovertoosoon.Wehopetobeapartofthisexcitingandever-changingeventagaininthefuture.YoungMarinescheckingthingsoutatMarineWeek.MarineCorpsaircraftwereondisplay.ThishelicopterdrewinterestedYoungMarines.YoungMarinesatMarineWeek Page12ESPRITLEADERSHIPSCHOOLSWhereGoodYoungMarinesLearntoBecomeBetterYoungMarinesJuniorSeniorAdvancedJuniorLeadershipSchoolSkillstoLearnNoTimetoWasteByYMLCplCashMartinEmeraldCoastFLIhadanexcellentexperienceatJuniorLeadershipSchool.Itwilldenitelybeamemorableexperienceinmylife.NotonlywasIabletolearnbutIwasalsoabletoteach.ThefoodwasgooditwouldhavebeenevenbetterwithlargerservingssincenotlongaftereatingIwashungryagain.Wedidnthavemuchtimetosocializeortalkduringchow.Thelineswerequitelongandwewouldrespecttheactivedutymil-itarybylettingthemgoaheadofus.Themilitaryalsoshowedtheirrespecttous.Wehadmanyclassesadaysoyoueitherlearnedquicklyoryoudidnt.Therewasnotimetowaste.TherewereeldskillslandnavigationCPRknot-tyingmapcom-passdutiesandbilletsoftheunitorganizationalchartsandplatoonstructure.TheYoungMarinestaffwasexcellentallhadbeenthroughJLSSLSandALS.IhadagreattimeandIamde-terminedtoproceedtoescalatethroughtheranksandschoolstoshowmydisciplineandbearing.ByYMSgtCarltonGreenleyFoothillsCOThereweresomanyunforgettablemo-mentsthathappenedthatweekIdontknowwheretobegin.Iwillstartwithwhenwerstarrivedthere.Iwastheonlyoneinmycammies.IhadmybagspackedandtheonlythingIleftoutwasmyutilities.WhyyouaskBecausethenightbeforeIperformedaColorGuardforthe4thofJulyOutlawsgame.IgotmaybevehoursofsleepbeforeIheadedtotheairport.TherstnightattheacademyIwalkedupthestairsinbarracksnumber342.TherewasntonepersoninthereIknew.Wewereallalittleshyatrst.Thatnightitwasdeadsilent.TherewatchtherstnightwasalittleloudandIdontthinkanyoneslept.Wewerealltooexcitedtobethere.ThenextmorningwehadsomePTfollowedbyanamazingbreakfast.Thatdayweallreallygottoknoweachotherandweallgottobuildrelation-shipswiththeAdvancedLeadershipStu-dentsinourcompany.IwonteverforgettalkingandstudyingforthatnaltestwithYMGySgtByrdorYMGySgtBroadwater.Iwontforgettalk-ingtoYMSgtMajLoppeormeetingYMSgtMajDeWeese.Outofthatentireweekthemostmemorablethingthathap-penedformewastheFiSHphilosophyclasstaughtbyMr.Huff.IsatnexttoYMSSgtChadofrommyunit.Wehaveknowneachotherforveyears.WhenMr.HuffstartedtalkingaboutFiSHphilosophyIcouldnthelpbutthinkaboutmyownexperienceswithfriendsbackhomeandhowifitwasntforthisprogramandforthatyoungStaffSergeantsittingnextmeIwouldntbetheretosharethatexperiencewiththosepeoplethatIcannowcallmyfamily.ItshardtodescribehowwebondedbutIjustknowthatIreallymadeaconnec-tionwiththosepeoplethere.MyunitsentthreeYoungMarinestotheNationalSeniorLeadershipSchool.ThosethreeYoungMarineswereallinthesamebootcamptogetherwentthroughallthesamehardshipswewereallthereforeachotherthroughthickandthin.IamproudthatIhadtheopportunityattendtheschool.IhighlyencourageeveryYoungMarinetosetthisasagoalforthemselves.Na-tionalSeniorLeadershipSchoolisaonceinalifetimeopportunity.IguaranteethatyouwillcomebackchangedmotivatedandabetterYoungMarine....YouwillcomebackchangedmotivatedandabetterYoungMarineYoungMarinesGreenleyandChaddo.NationalALSHonorGraduateYMGySgtSamuelMontejanoofTemeculaValleyCAandYMGySgtBrendenQuinonezoftheFoothillsCOYoungMarines.MeetingMr.KesslerTimeforchow ByYMMSgtDylanStrongNatchaugRiverCTDoyourememberbacktoyourrecruitdaysIcertainlythoughtbacktominewhenIarrivedatAdvancedLeadershipSchoolfortherstdayfeelinglikethenewnervousrecruitwithalotofnerve-rackingpressureforthetwoweeksaheadofme.Throughouttheprocessitseemedintimidatingbutwepushedthroughwegottiredbutweremainedalertandmoti-vatedandmostimportantofallwefelldownbutwealwaysstoodbackup.Thosetwoweekswerethebesttwoweeksofmylife.IformedbondsandmadefriendsthatIwillneverforget.IlearnedanabundantamountofinformationIcanbringbacktomyunitandIalsogrewnotonlyasapersonbutasaleader.IamhonoredandfeelprivilegedtohavebeentheALSclassof2014among48otherspickedoutofmorethan10000.IamproudofmyselftheALSandSLSclassof2014andmostofalltheYoungMarineswhokeepwork-ingeverydaysoonedayyoutoocanbecomeAdvancedandSeniorLeaders.Wecameasindividualsandleftasone.Ipresenttoyoutheclassof2014ALSgraduates.NowgohometoyourunitandputyourknowledgetogooduseESPRITPage13NationalYoungMarineoftheYearSgtMajBlakeDeWeeseandMSgtDylanStrong.ByYMLCplMakaylaMartinEmeraldCoastFLJuniorLeadershipSchoolwasanincredibleexperienceforme.AtthetimemycollarbonewasbrokenandIcouldnotdoanyPT.ThisdampenedmymotivationbutIrealizedjustbecauseIcouldnotdothefunactivitiesdidntmeanIcouldntmotivateothers.SofortheweekIdidmybestatacademicsandmoti-vatingothersinclassesfunactivitiesteambuildinganddrill.FemalesgotthechancetotalktotheformerNationalYoungMarineoftheYearSgtMajDakotaRichter.ThemainlessonIbroughtbackwithmeisPayattentiontotheYMsintheshadows.Helpbringthemoutoftheshadowsandgettheminvolved.ThiswasagreatleadershipexperienceformeandIreceivedtheMostMotivatedaward.Thisawardhelpedmegainself-condenceandrealizetheimportanceofbeingaleaderandmotivator.ThiswasthebestexperienceIhavehadintheYoungMarinesandIhopeformanymore.IcantwaitforSeniorLeadershipSchool.IencourageeveryonetogotoJuniorLeadershipSchoolfortheexperiencefunandknowledge.Itwasagreattimeformeasitwillbeforyou.PayAttentiontotheYoungMarinesintheshadows...andgettheminvolvedClassof2014WeCameasIndividualsandLeftasOneByYMLCplBaileeJoyEmeraldCoastFLJuniorLeadershipSchoolwasanexperiencethatIwillNEVERforget.AtJLSIlearnedmoreaboutdrillYoungMarineshistoryUnitedStatesMarineCorpshistoryandofcourseleadership.WhileatJLSIgottoclimbacoolrockwallandswimatapoolthatwasreservedjustforusYoungMarines.IalsogottomeetnewpeoplethatIwillneverforget.JLSwasnopieceofcake.Weallencounteredchallengessuchasmakingaguidonwithwashablemarkersandhavingitgetrainedon.Despiteallofthesechallengestheexperiencewasmeaning-fulandunforgettable.Motivationwasnotdifculttond.SomeYoungMarinesstruggledwiththeheatsomefoundpoisonivyorneededrstaid.Butintheendweallsurvived.Wearingouruniformsatgraduationwasaveryproudmomentforme.AsstrangeatitmaysoundthisJuniorLeadershipSchoolwaswortheverylastsecondtome.JuniorLeadershipSchoolMotivationwasnotdiculttofndTheAmericanagonthewallatLeadershipSchoolwashuge.NationalYoungMarinesExecutiveDirectorMichaelKesslercanbeseeninthelineupofstaff.Itwasgreatmeetinghimforthersttime.MusicCityYoungMarinesat-tendeeslefttorightYMCplsChrisCookeSpencerNorth-cuttLorenSmithChristopherMcKinney.AllfourofusatJLSschoolmadeSergeantrank.--SubmittedbyCplSpencerNorthcuttMusicCityTNMusicCityATimeforFourSergeants Page14ESPRITByYMCPLCassidyCarr-McJunkinsRocketCityALIrecentlywenttoJuniorLeadershipSchoolinSmyrnaTNthispastJune.Imetalotofpeopletherefrommanydiffer-entstates.ImademanyfriendsthereandIamreallyexcitedfornextyearwhenmorepeoplefrommyunitcangoandgetthefullexperience.TheweekwashardandfullofclassesbutWednesdaywehadabitoffun.WedidDrillEvaluationswenttothesimulatorswenttoapoolanddidsometeambuilding.IlovedmeetingeveryoneandcantwaittogotoSeniorLeadershipSchoolnextyearandseethemagain.AfterJLSLookingForwardtoSeniorLeadershipSchoolNextYearByYMSSgtKaylaColacionTarrantCountyTXItwashardtoimaginethatIwouldbeatSeniorLeadershipSchoolwhenIveonlybeenintheYoungMarinesforonlytwoandahalfyearsbutsomethinglikethiscanhappenifyousetyourmindtoitandworkyourhardesttogetthere.ItsamazinghowmanyuniqueYoungMarinesyoucanmeetatSLSschools.ThatswhatissouniqueaboutYoungMarinesSomewhocometotheseschoolscanbefromplacesreallyclosetotheacademyortheycanbefrom2000milesaway.Ihavemetpeoplewhowillbemybestfriendsforever.IreallyhopetoseeeveryYoungMarineonedayinthefutureandseehowfartheyhavegoneinthisprogram.MeetingNewPeopleatSeniorLeadershipSchoolHELLOMyNameisKaylaC.NoyoudonthavetoweartheseatLeadershipSchool...ButyoullbecertaintomeetalotofnewfriendsADayintheLifeatJuniorLeadershipSchoolItsFinallyMyTurnByYMLCplJonathanGrayIIUpstateSCIvebeenwaitingthreeyearstondoutwhatitsallabout.Itsnallymyturn.MyuniformisnicelypressedbootsareshinedIhavearecenthaircutandmybagsarepacked.IamreadytogoSundaymorningAugust102014.WithsixotherLanceCorporalsfrommyunitwepiledintoavanandheadednorth.RandlemanNorthCarolinaiswhereJuniorLeadershipSchoolisbeingheld.Athreehourdriveisahead.IveneverheardofRandlemanbutIknowIamingoodhandsbecause1stSgtisdriving.Mymindisracingandmyheartispounding.AllIcanthinkaboutisAmIreadyDoIhavewhatittakestobealeaderIwanttomakemyunitproud.IwonderifImtheYoungMarinethatmyCOwantsmetobe.ImnottheonlyonethoughmyfellowYoungMarinesarethinkingthesamethings.Isensetheyarenervousaswell.WevenallyarrivedIhadnoideahowmylifewasabouttochangebutchangeitdidIvestoppedwonderingifImready.IjumpedoutofthevantoshowthemIamreadyWehadntbeentherelongbeforeImadesomegreatfriends.Itsamazingtoseehowquicklyyoubondwithsomeoneyouveonlyknownforaday.JLSwasalife-changingexpe-rienceforme.IlovedhowquicklymymindsetchangedfromthetimethatIarrivedtothedaythatIleft.Iwentfromunsureandanxioustocalmandrelaxedmoreself-condentanddisciplined.Ilearnedsomuchfromthecom-mandersandRegisteredAdultvolunteers.Ilovedlearningthenewdrillmovementsthecompetitionbetweensquadsandseeinghowotherunitsdifferfrommine.Wemayliveindifferentareasandhavedifferentcommand-ersbutourmessageisthesameTEAMWORKLEADERSHIPandDISCIPLINE.OnethingiscertainWeareafamily.Learningtheleadershipskillswasmyfavoriteactivity.Iespeciallyenjoyedlearningaboutenthusiasm.IplantoincorporateJJDIDTIEBUCKLEseeexplanationatrightintomylifeaswellasmyunit.ThisexperiencehasmadememoreawareofthesacricesthatmyYoungMarinelead-ersmake.Iamblessedthattheytaketimeoutoftheirlivestoencourageinspireteachandguideallofus.ItsbecauseofthemthatIamabletoexperiencethedegreeofsuccessIhaveachievedinthisprogram.ItwasnallythetimeIhadbeenwaitingforallweek...GraduationAllofmyfamilydroveuptoseemegraduate.Iwassoexcitedtohavethemthere.Inallyheardmyname.AsIwalkeduptoshakehandswithCommanderGrahamandreceivemycerticateIalsohearthatIhavebeenawardedOutstandingMotivator.Ahugesenseofprideandaccomplishmentcameoverme.InolongerwonderifIhavewhatittakes...NowIknow.IamaleaderandIhaveJuniorLeadershipSchooltothankforit.JusticeJudgmentDependabilityIntegrityDecisivenessTactInitiativeEnduranceBearingUnselshnessCourageKnowledgeLoyaltyEnthusiasm ESPRITPage15ByYMCplMichaelaCantwellEmeraldCoastAttendingthisleadershipacademyhasbeenoneofmyfavor-iteexperiencessincejoiningthisamazingprogramtwoandahalfyearsago.DuringmyweekinTennesseeImetmanyYoungMarinesfrommanyStates.ItwasgreattobeinthecompanyoffellowYoungMarineswiththesamegoalinmindtolearnandgrowasaleader.Manyexcitingthingshappenedthroughouttheweekbutoneofmyfavoritemomentswasthemorningwewokeupat0430andPTdinthepouringrain.Thisisamongmyfavoritesbe-causeeverythingwasperfectIwassurroundedbyagroupofhighlymotivatedYoungMarinesandwewerelivingoutallofthecorevaluesinstilledinusDisciplineLeadershipandTeam-work.Eachdayhadgreatopportunitytolearnandthenexercisethatknowledgeandgrowasaleader.OneofthethingsIwillrememberaboutmyfellowYoungMarineswhoattendedJLSwithmeishowweallstucktogetherandmotivatedoneanother.WewereallYoungMarinesandwantedeveryonetosucceed.TheYoungMarinestaffthatmadethisweekpossibledidanoutstandingjob.Theywerepositiveencouragingandmotivated.Eachofthemcarriedthemselvesinamannerthatreectedgreatnessuponthisprogram.IlookedforwardtothisweekforaverylongtimeandIwasnotdisappointedintheleastbit.Iwillneverforgetthisexperience.IfeelthatIhavegrownasaleaderbecauseoftheopportunityIwasgiventoattendthisleadershipschool.IencourageeveryYoungMarinetostepupanddowhatittakestogetenrolledinaleadershipacademy.Youwillnotregretit.Iamdenitelylookingforwardtoattendingseniorleadershipschoolnextyear.OohRahILookedForwardtoThisWeekforaVeryLongTimeandIWasNotDisappointedByYMCplScottSmithCarrollCountyMDLastSeptemberIattendedtheDivision2JuniorLeadershipSchoolhopingtobecomeabetterleaderandalsotolearnin-formationtobringbackandsharewithCarrollCounty.WehadvariousclassesincludingDrugDemandReductionMapandCompassPhysicalFitnessandLeadership.ImnotsurewhybutIgotthemostoutoftheleader-shipclass.TheinstructorswereYoungMarinesSgtMajHeadrickand1SgtOBrien.Wediscussedthe14leadershiptraitslearn-ingtheacronymJJDIDTIEBUCKLEandthe11leadershipprinciples.AfterwenishedthelessonplanSgtMaj.Headrickgaveusaninspirationalspeechaboutwhatwecandofortheprogram.HetoldusEveryYoungMa-rinecontributestotheprogramwhetheritbeteachingclassesexcellingindrillorbeingamotivator.EveryonehasaroleinimprovingthisprogramwhichisyoursAlthoughthoseinmyJLSclasswereJuniorYoungMarineswearethefutureofthisprogram.AtthisDivision2JLSweweregivenafan-tasticYMStafftogiveustipsandtoguideusintojuniorleadership.YoungMarineSSgtCornellwasmyPlatoonSergeantandhedidanexcellentjobinteachingmeinitia-tive.Healsoshowedmehowtobedecisiveespeciallyonthedrilleld.YoungMarineGySgtPopeshowedmewhatrealmotiva-tionis.Inowhaveanewunderstandingofsoundingoff.AndIthankYoungMarine1Sgt.OBrienandYoungMarineSgtMajHeadrickforteachingmecrucialknowledgethatIneedtoknowinordertobeajuniorleader.ThanksagainYoungMarinesStaffofDivi-sion2JuniorLeadershipSchool2014forinspiringmeandtherestofmyclasstobethebestleadersthatwecanbe.SemperFi.Division2JuniorLeadershipSchoolInspirationMotivationandKnowledgeByYMSgtEmmaHartleyGreaterRomeGALeadershipschoolisatimetonotonlylearntobecomealeaderbutalsohavefundoingitandmakefriendsalongtheway.IwenttotheTennesseeregimentSeniorLeader-shipSchoolthispastsummer.ThiswasmyrsttimebeingataleadershipschoolinTennessee.IknewthereweregoingtobeplentyofoutstandingYoungMarinesatSLS.WearrivedSaturdayafternoonafterafourhourdrivefromtheEtowahValleyunit.SoonafterarrivalImetthedirectorsandstaffoftheacademy.TherstmorningthereweranourPFT.Iwasntsurewhattoexpect.Allvepartsofthetestwentgreat.IreceivedMottoPinkanhonorthatisrareforastudenttoget.TherestoftheweekincludedmanyclassestaughtbyanoutstandingYoungMarineStaffincludingleadersfromNorthCarolinaVirginiaTennesseeandGeorgia.Althoughbeingaleaderentailsmanyhoursofclassesyoualsohavetohavefunwithit.AgreatexampleofthiswouldbethegamesweplayedandtheFiSHphilosophy.AsgraduationdaycameuponusIbegantogetanxiousask-ingmyselfifIwouldreceiveanyawards.IdidnotreceivehonorgraduateorMollyMarinebutIdidwalkoutofgraduationwithplentyofnewfriendsmemoriesthatIwillneverforgetandtheshirtoffofMr.Assfalgsback.SeniorLeadershipSchoolHavingFunandMakingFriendsAlongtheWayAlthoughthoseinmyJuniorLeadershipSchoolclasswereJuniorYoungMarineswearethefutureofthisprogram. Page16ESPRITByYMLCplDaltonTempletonEmeraldCoastFLMyexperienceatJuniorLeadershipSchoolwasgreat.Ilearnedhowharditiswhenyouregivenmoreresponsibility.Every-thingeveryonedidatJLSconsistedofteamworkdisciplineandleadership.IdidmybestandIgotitdone.EverymorningwedidPTrightawayafterthatwetookshowersandheadedofftochow.Thefoodtherewasgreatbutinsmallportions.Afterthatwewenttoclassandlearnedaboutmultiplesub-jectsmapandcompassMarineCorpshistoryYoungMarineshistoryetc.Aftereveningchowwewouldstartdrill.Weweregivenadrillcard.Afternightchowwewouldgotothebarrackstostudytakeshowersorotheractivities.PTchowanddrillwentoneverydayduringJLS.OnWednesdayJLSandSLSparticipantsweregivenawholedaytohavefun.WewenttosimulatorsplayedJeopardyandwewenttothepooltoswim.Wediddrillinthepoolwhichwasveryfun.OnThursdaywedidourdrillevaluation.IwasverynervousbutIdidgreat.IjustdidthenormalroutinethebestIcould.OnFridayitwastestdaythemoststressfulofall.IgotthroughthetestandIpasseditIwassohappy.OnthelastdayduringgraduationInallygottoseemyparentsandtheyweresohappyforme.JuniorLeadershipSchoolwasreallyanexperienceandIcantwaituntilSeniorLeadershipSchool.ByYMLCplHoustonOsborneUpstateSCFourYoungMarinesincludingmyselfcamefromtheUpstateYoungMarinesunittolearnandexperiencetheprinciplesandqualitiesofleadershipattheNationalGuardBaseinSmyrnaTN.TheweeksfocuswasontrainingandlearninghowtobecomealeaderattheTennesseeRegimentJuniorLeadershipSchoolandSeniorLeadershipSchoolacademies.RunningworkingandhelpingalongwithotherYoungMa-rinesfromtendifferentstateswasquiteanexperience.Foreachofusitgaveusacompletelydifferentviewonhowaleadershouldactandreactwhentheyareneededtoguidethosebelowtheirrankandrespondtothoseabovetheirrank.PersonallyattendingtheTennesseeRegimentJuniorLeader-shipSchoolgavemeasenseofcondenceonhowIshouldleadmyfellowYoungMarinessothattheyinturnbecomeleaders.WhileattendingJLSIrealizedthattheseschoolswerenotjustforustobecomegreatleaderswithintheYoungMarinesprogrambuttohelpleadandguidethoseoutsideoftheYoungMarinesprogram.Inmyopinionthiswasasuccessfultrip.WiththeYoungMarinesIthinkIwillbeamuchbetterleader.SemperFi.OnLearningtoBecomeaLeaderofYoungMarinesIDidMyBestandIGotItDoneatJuniorLeadershipSchoolLEADERSHIPSCHOOLSAcceptandOvercometheChallenges.GaintheKnowledge.EarntheRibbon.StartplanningnowtobeapartofnextyearsLeadershipSchoolsandlearntobealeaderofYoungMarines.LeadershipSchoolswillbeconductedfromJune21toJuly22015.Formoreinformationseeourwebsitewww.youngmarines.com ESPRITPage17DispatchesByYMGySgtIsaiahThompsonTarrantCountyTXThispastfallmyunitrecentlyhostedour2ndAnnualFieldDayatBurgerLake.ThisexperiencewaslikenootherwithmyYoungMarinefriends.WeinvitedmyfavoriteunitfromOklahomatheThomasE.BlairDetachmentYoungMarinesaswellastheParkerCountyTXYoungMarines.BeingabletocometogetherwithalloftheirSeniorYoungMarinesandplanoutafullfundaysworthofactivitiesleftmespeechless.Everyonehadsomuchfun.Icouldntimaginethedaynotgoingaswellasitdid.Wehadanobstaclecoursecompetitionwhichwashighlightedbyourloudmotivationalcheers.Thoughyoumightthinktheobstaclecoursecompetitioncaughtpeoplesattentionnothingcomparedtothemainevent.....ATug-of-War.TarrantCountyYoungMarinesvs.ThomasE.BlairDetachmentandParkerCounty.Weoutnumberedtheminthebeginningbuttheystillmanagedtoputupaght.AftergoingafewroundsandenjoyingathankfulbarbecueeveryonecriedPoolTimewhichsettheeveningforeveryone.SayingmyGoodbyeswashardenoughwhenourdaywasoverbuttoonlymakeitworsethiswasParkerCountyYoungMarine1stSergeantHankersonslastFieldDaywithus.SowehadtothankhimforbeinganoutstandingYoungMarine.ThisshowedmethatnotonlyistheYoungMarinenexttoyouyourbestfriendbuttheentireunitcanbeyourbestfriendsaswell.AFieldDayCompetitionAmongOldFriendsinNorthTexasByJoannaMorrowGreaterClevelandOHDuringtheweekendofOctober4-52014atotalof130YoungMarinesandRecruitsfromtheGreaterClevelandRichlandCountyGreaterLorainandChestyPullerUnitsparticipatedinanOhioRegimentalEventattheWayneCountyFireRescueAssociationsRegionalTrainingFacilityinApplecreekOhio.Therewasavarietyoftrainingprovidedincludingbasicresafetypropercareandmaintenanceofhomesmokedetec-tors.YoungMarineswereshownhowtodevelopanE.D.I.T.H.ExitDrillsintheHomediagramoftheirhomesandwereshownabasicreextinguisherusageandapplicationses-sion.ApriorserviceMarineandCityofRittmanPoliceOfcergaveademonstrationwithhisDrugDog.TheEncampmentconcludedwithalandingbyalocalMedFlighthelicopter.TheYoungMa-rineshadtheopportunitytotourandspeakwithLifeFlightMedicsandthehelicopterspilot.YoungMarineswereintegrat-edintosetsofteamsindependentofhomeunitprovidingtheopportunityfornewrelationshipsandfriendshipstobeforged.AttendingYoungMarinesearnedtheirFirePreventionPro-tectionandCPRribbonawards.ThoseYoungMarinesstayingovernightalsoearnedOrganizedUnitTripAward.OhioRegimentalEventStressesHomeFireSafetyCPRSkillsCompetitionProvidesMotivationtoImproveatCloseOrderDrillByYMCplCassidyCarr-McJunkinsRocketCityALInSeptemberIhadtheopportunitytogotoTennesseeRegi-mentsDrillCompetition.IsawmanypeoplethatIhadgottentoknowafewmonthsbeforefromJuniorLeadershipandSeniorLeadershipSchoolclasses.IcaughtupwiththemandmetsomemorepeoplethatIplantokeepintouchwith.IsawmanypeoplewithdifferentranksvaryingfromPVTtoFirstSergeant.ThoughweonlyplacedthirdinTalentShowoutoffourcategoriesIsawthatmyunitprogressednotjustinCloseOrderDrillandtheyalsoenjoyedmeetingpeoplefromotherstatesasopposedtojustmeetingYoungMarinesinAla-bama.IthinkeveryregimentshouldhaveaDrillCompetitionsoYoungMarinescanbemotivatedtoimproveatCloseOrderDrillColorGuardUniformInspectionsandhavetheopportu-nitytotalktonewpeople. Page18ESPRITOurJuneEncampmentADayofFunByYMPFCAustinGammonCentralArizonaAZLastJuneCentralArizonaYoungMarineswenttoBumbleBeeRanch.Weplayedbaseballhadchowandcamped.Wealsotookpartinlandandmapcompasscourses.Andthenweendedthedaywithsomeoldgoodfunofsocializing2014YoungMarinesEncampments...StoriesFromAGroupofHAPPYCAMPERSByYMPVTAndrewHeishmanFirstStateDEMyFirstEncampmentwasablastItwastheDivisionTwofeldmeetinMaryland.WeparticipatedinactivitieslikedodgeballrelayracesgrouppushupsandabunchmoreMyunitfnishedSecondinthewholecompetition.IalsohelpedanotherYoungMarinefrommyunitconquerherfearofheightsIcantwaitforthenextencampmentMyFirstEncampmentOurFirstNationalEncampmentAnOutstandingWeekByYMMSgtDylanStrongNatchuagRiverCTTheNationalEncampmentof2014washeldinTalihinaOklahomaatTomHaleBoyScoutCamp.Almost500YoungMa-rineswereabletocometogetherrang-inginagefrom8to18andinrankfromPrivatetoSgtMajorgivingustheoppor-tunitytomakenewfriendscreatenewmemoriesandformbondswithdifferentpeoplefromalloverthecountry.ThecampwasaweeklongandIspeakforallofuswhenIsayitwasoneofthebestweeksIveeverexperienced.IwasabletoreminiscewitholdfriendswhilemeetingnewonesIhadtheabilitytodothingsthatIdontgetmanyotherchanc-estodosuchasgoingintothewilder-nessandsurvivingonmyownbuildingacircuitboardcreatingasirenwhite-waterraftingandmostofallhavingtheopportunitytoinspireandmotivateYoungMarinesfromeverycorneroftheUnitedStates.ThiswasoneofmanyexperiencesthatIamprivilegedtohavehadduetotheYoungMarinesprogram.Itwasanout-standingweekfullofinspirationfunandmotivation.IamgladIwasabletoshareallofthiswithsomanyotherYoungMa-rinesandIamlookingforwardtomanymorefriendsmemoriesandNationalEn-campmentstocome.OOHRAHDylanStrongwithEdgarHuffaformerNationalYoungMarineoftheYearWhenYouFallYouGetBackUpByYMLCplYeseniaVargasSouthlandCAOnmytwohourdriveuptoCampMorningstarlastLaborDayweekendIwasjoinedbythreeotherYoungMarines.RegimentalEncampmentissomethingallYoungMarinesintheregimentlookfowardto.Wehadkayakinghikingswimmingrapellingandothergreatfunactivitiesplanned.OnSundayafternoonwhiledoingacourseIhadareallyharshfall.IleftearlyfromCampMorningstartothehospitalupinBigBearValley.AlthoughItookaprettybadfallItoldmyselfthatIdidntregretathingaboutgoing.ImightbehurtingfrommyinjurybutthatdoesntstopmefromthinkingthatmyRegimentalEncampmentexperiencewasthebestencampmentinmyYoungMarinecareer.Abigthankyoutoallthestaffwholookedovermeafterthefall. ESPRITPage19ByYMCPLChristopherMcKinneyMusicCityTNDuringtherstweekoflastMayTheMu-sicCityYoungMarineshadafullweekendcampingatCampChestyPullerinJoeltonTN.Classeswereheldduringthedayonbasiceldsurvivalskillsandrstaidproperregulationsonboardingandexitingashipbasicmarksmanshiptrainingandpracticeforourone-of-a-kinddrillteam.Itwasduringourdrillteampracticethatreplacementmemberswereselected.Wespentouroff-dutytimeplayingbasketballrelaxingaroundoursquadbayorsittingaroundthecampreatnightswappingstories.EachYoungMarineenjoyedmorningchowthatconsistedofpancakesbaconandsausage.Forafternoonandeveningchowweenjoyedcheeseburgershotdogsandbakedbeans.OnceTapswassoundedourcommandingofcerMr.AnthonyWestbrooksassignedrotatingshiftsofrewatch.SundaymorningmyselfandotherNCOsconductedinspectionofthesquadbaysandwepolicedourareasasateam.AllinallitwasagoodweekendfortheMusicCityYoungMarinesandIlookforwardtodoingitagainnextyear.MusicCityWeLearnedSkillsCapitalCityOurRemarkableAppalachianMountainTripByYMPFCRyanBodnarikCapitalCityNCOverMemorialDayweekendCapitalCityYoungMarinesfromRaleighNChadanexperi-enceofalifetimeThirtythreeYoungMarinesandstaffspenttimebikinghikingandexplor-ingcavesinthemountainsofNorthCarolinaVirginiaandTennesseewiththepurposeoflearningaboutthehistoryofthispartofthecountry.Thistriphelpedusdevelopanappre-ciationfornatureandcreatedstrongerbondswithourfellowYoungMarines.TheunitstayedattheBlowingRockConfer-enceCenter.WespenttherstmorningofthetriptravelingbyvantothetopoftheVirginiaCreeperTrailintheAppa-lachianMountains.TheBlueBlazebikecompanyprovidedeachmemberofourunitabikehelmetandwaterbottlefortheseventeenmileridedownthemountain.AlongthewaymanyofourYoungMarinesviewednaturalwaterfallsaragingriverandavarietyoflandforms.Al-thoughtherewereseveralminorwipe-outswesurvivedthetrekwithoutanymajorinjuriesCapitalCityalsohikedaridgewithintheGraysonHighlandsStateParkinVirginia.ThisparkhasthehighestelevationofanyparkinthestatewhichallowedustoseealotoftheAp-palachianMountains.Wewitnessedthebeautyofnatureincludingaherdofwildponiesthatlivethere.OneponywasespeciallycuriousandfriendlyasitwentupanddownthetrailofYoungMa-rinesnudgingeachofusWenishedoutourexcursionbygoingspelunkinginMorrellsCaveinSullivanCountyTennessee.Therearemorethan37000feetofexploredpassagesthathavebeenmappedthroughoutthisnaturallandform.TheYoungMarineswentonaguidedtourexploringareasofthecave.Wealsolearnedaboutthevariousnamesgiventothedifferentroomswithinthecaveitself.OveralltheCapi-talCityYoungMarinesthoroughlyenjoyedtheexperi-ence.Thestaffremindedustotaketimetoappreciatenatureandtakeinallofitswonder.SeveralYoungMa-rinesweresointriguedbytheareathattheyhaveaskedtheirparentstotakethembackonfamilyvacationsoverthesummer. Page20ESPRIT2014YoungMarinesEncampmentsHAPPYCAMPERSByStacyAndersonPublicRelationsOfcerFoothillsCOForsomeYoungMarinesnothingismorerewardingthenearningtheirMarksmanshipRibbon.ThisyearFoothillsmadeitaprioritytoprovideourYoungMarineswithanoppor-tunitytoqualifyinMarksmanship.TheywererequiredtocompleteHuntersSafetyinstruc-tionpriortoattending.Wealsoconductedseveralsafetyclassespri-ortothisencampment.Tokeeptherangerun-ningsmoothandsafeweenlistedtwoNRARangeinstructorsandelevenRangeSafetyOfcers.ThirtyeightYoungMarinesattendedthisencampmentandtheirperformancewasoutstandingontherange.Youcouldseetheprideintheiraccomplish-mentsontheirfaces.Someofthemremarkedthattheyneverthoughttheycoulddosome-thinglikethis.Asastaffwewereproudthatwecouldprovidethemwiththisopportunity.Itprovedtothemthattheycanachieveany-thingtheysettheirsightson.MarksmanshipQualicationsEncampmentByYMPVTWilliamMannLapeerCountyMILastOctobertheLapeerCountyleadershipteamassistantsquadleadersandabovewentonanovernightbackpackingtriptoHoistLakeintheHu-ron-ManisteeNationalForest.Followingatwohourdrivewenallyarrived.Wegotourpacksonandhikedsevenmilesintothewoodstoourcampsite.WegatheredwoodandmadeourreputupourhalfsheltersdugtheheadandnallyatesomeofourMREsfordinner.Afterdinnerwehungourfoodandputawarningsystemupforthebears.Inthemorningwegotupatebreakfastandwereabletorelaxforaboutahalfanhour.Thenwegottoworkandburiedtheheadtookdownourhalfsheltersputoutthereandpackedourbags.Thenwewereofftohikeaboutsevenmilesbacktoourstartingpoint.Onthishikingtripwelearnedhowtobuildawarningsystemoutofbottlesmilkjugscansandacorns.Wealsolearnedtopurifywaterfromthelakeandlearnedthatacornsandwin-tergreenareedible.Wehadsomuchfun-allYoungMarinesshouldtryitALeadershipBackpackingTripRollinsPassEncampmentByStacyAndersonPublicRelationsOfcerFoothillsCOEarlythispastAugustFoothillsYoungMarineswentcampingonRollinsPass.RollinsPasselevation11676ft.isamountainpassintheRockyMountainsofnorth-centralColorado.Theobjectiveoftheweekendwasshelterbuildingrebuildingandorienteering.YoungMarinesbroughtandcookedtheirownmealsoverreswebuilt.Severalusedhobostovesastyleofimprovisedcookingdevicetogetthejobdone.PriortotheirarrivalNCOsarrivedincampadayearlytoworkonmoreadvancedskillsandtomapouttheorienteeringcourse.Saturdaymorn-ingtheunithiked3.8milestoYankeeDoodleLakewheretheyspentthedaycompletingtheorienteeringcourse.Theviewwasamazing.Thehiketookabout2.5hourswithanelevationgainofabout1200feet.YankeeDoodlelakeisabout10800feet.Itisaglacier-fedlakeandnotmanypeoplemakeituptheroadtothelake.TheYoungMarinesfromourunitloveitupthere.ForourseniorsitwastheirlasttrektoYankeeDoodleandeverystepwasbittersweet. ESPRITPage21BuckleyFieldReallyLearningtheRopesIGotOutofMyComfortZoneandHadFun.ByYMLCplFranchescaReyesBuckleyFieldCOItwassixoclockinthemorningwhenIhadtowakeuptogetreadytogototheropescourseinGeneseeParkColoradowithmyYoungMa-rinesunit.IwasreadyforthechallengeandIwasntafraidofheights...orsoIthought.Youseeyoumaynotthinkyoureafraidofheightsun-tilyouputyourselfupthere.Whenwemeandmyyoung-erbrotherYoungMarinesar-rivedwefellintoourplatoonanticipatingthedayahead.Theinstructorssplitusintotwosquadsandwemadeourwaytotheropescourseloca-tionleadbytheinstructors.Therstfewactivitiesofthedaywereteam-buildingactivitiesincludingteamver-sionsofRock-Paper-Scissorsandachallengingversionofteamjumprope.Aftertheseteam-buildingactivitiesitwasontotherealreasonwhyweweretheretheropescourse.Wegotintoourharnessesandhel-metsandallwenttotherstactivityasagroup.Thisactivityinvolveda15footwallthathadnogripsoranythingtohelpyougetuptherejustaat-as-paperwoodenwall.Thiswasanextremeteam-buildingactivity.Wehadtogetev-eryoneupandoverthewallintheleastamountoftimepossible.TherewerealwaystwoKing-SizeorSeniorYoungMarinesatthetoptopullusFun-SizeoryoungerYoungMarinesup.Wedidenduprotatingoutsoevery-onegotachancetoclimbandpull.IputclimbinquotationmarksbecauseourplanwasmostlytwoKingSizeYoungMarineswouldhoisttheclimbingYoungMarineuptowherethetwoatthetopofthewallcouldpullhimorherupandoverthewall.Therewasnothingtoclimbonanywaysandyoucouldntpullontheharnessropetohelpyouupbecauseitwouldcausefrictionanditwouldbeharderfortheinstructortocontrolyourwobbleorfall.Finallyitwasmyturn.Itwasfunbe-causeitwasasuddenmomentofteamwork.Sending45YoungMarinesoverafteen-footwallwasreallyanawesomeaccomplishment.Thentherewerethelastthreeactivitiesoftheday.Therstonewasagiganticswingtypeofdevice.YougothookedtoitbyyourharnessandtherewasaropethatYoungMarineswouldpulltobringyouup.OnceyoutoldthemyouwerehighenoughtheydroppedtheropeandyouletgoofthelaunchingpartofitandzoomItslikebeingonyourfavoriteroll-ercoasteratanamusementpark.Iwant-edtodoitagainbutitwasonthenextactivitytheziplineandbalancebeam.Whenyouthinkofabalancebeamyouthinkofagymnastic-two-feet-off-the-groundtypeofthing.Youwouldneverexpectittobetenfeetoffofthegroundbetweentwotreeswithnohandlebarsjustyoursafetyharnessandhelmet.Firstyouhavetoclimbupthetreetogettothebalancebeam.Fromthereyouwalkacrosstotheziplinepartoftheothertree.Tenfeetdoesntlooklikealotbutwhenyoureuptherewell...ItwasthemostterrifyingyetamazingexperienceIveeverhadinmylifebe-causeeventhoughyouknowyouhavethesafetyequipmentforsomereasonitslikeyourmindstillthinksyoullfall.Thatsthethrillofitandthefactthatyouaccomplisheditisatrulyamazingfeeling.Thentheresthezipline.Yougethookedtothelineandyoujuststepoffandgo.Thatwasmyfavoritepartofthatactivitybecausezippingisjustlikeglid-ingthroughtheair.Afterthatitwasthelastactivitytheacrobatbar.Youclimbupatotempoletypeofpoleandfromthereyoujumptograbtheacrobatbar.Theinstructorhooksyoutotheropeandyoustartclimbing.IdidntjumpbecauseIthinkthebalancebeambroughtbackmyfearofheights.ButatleastIdidsomethingIdontthinkIwouldvehadthemotivationtodoifIwasnotintheYoungMarinespro-gram.ThatdaywasadayinmylifethatIsurelywonteverforgetandImgladIdidit.MylimitsgottestedandIgotoutofmycomfortzoneandhadfun.Thatswhatitstrulyabout.ByYMSGTDanteFalcoBuckleyFieldCOTheropescourseallowedmetoapplysomeofwhatIdlearnedatSLS.Wedidsomefriendlycompetitionbetweenourgroupsusingchants.Ourgroupsengagedinthreemainactivities.Therstwasagiantropeswing.Whenyouwerereadyyouwouldletgooftheropeandswingabovethesideofamountain.Thenextactivitywasclimbingatotempole-stillbeingharnessedandwhenyougottothetopyouwouldjumptoabarthatwassome5to7feetaway.Ifyoucouldgrabityouwoulddropdownfromaharness.Inthelastexerciseyouhadtoclimbatreethenwalkacrossabigpoleandwhenyougottotheothersideyouwouldbehookedtoziplinehighabovetheground.Overallthiswasagreatteam-buildingactivity.IwasveryproudofalltheYoungMarinesforsteppingoutsidetheircom-fortzones.Icantwaittogobacknextyear.IWasVeryProudofALLtheYoungMarines...ICantWaittoGoBackNextYearTheZipLineWasTheBest.IWentOnItFiveTimesByYMPVTMartinReyesBuckleyFieldCOWestartedthedaybyhikinguptothecourseandlearnedimportantsafetyrules.Weplayedagamewithbignoodlesplayedcatchthepigandthenweputongearandhelmetsandclimbedupa15footatwall.Thegameswerealotoffunandweworkedhardasateamtogeteveryoneoverthewall.Afterthatwebrokeintosmallgroups.Mygroupclimbedupabiglogandjumpedofftryingtocatchthetrapeze.IjumpedbutImissedthetrapeze.IwasalittlescaredbutitwasokaybecauseIwassafelylatchedontotherope.Thenwewentonthebungeeswing.Wearingtheharnesswasalittlepainfulbutitwasworthit.IfeltlikeIwasyingItwasgreatOnthelastcourseIclimbedandcrossedalog.Itwaslikebeingonareallytallbalancebeam.Attheotherendwasazipline.TheziplinewasthebestIwentonit5timesItwasaveryfundaywiththeBuckleyFieldYoungMarines Page22ESPRITBySergeantSpencerNorthcuttMusicCityTNSundayJune29th2014waswithoutadoubtoneofmytopmemorabledaysasaYoungMarineinrecentyears.Oursi-lentdrillplatoonnowhasanewnametheMajorGeorgeC.WestoverSilentDrillPlatoonHeisadearfriendofourunitandweareveryfortunatetohavehispresenceamongstus.MajorWestoverisveteranofPearlHarborIwoJimaandtheInchonLand-ingsduringtheKoreanWarservinghiscountryfor23yearsintheUnitedStatesMarineCorps.LastyearMajorWestoverwasnotabletomakeittochurchduetoillnesssowetraveledtohishometoperformforhisbirthday.Thatdayweheardhiseyewit-nessaccountsoftheattacksonPearlHarboronDecember71941.IwillneverforgettherstwordsofhisstoryIwassunbathingontopdeckoftheUSSTennessee...andrestishistory.OnthisdaywetraveledtohischurchTheDonelsonFellowshipandoursi-lentdrillplatoonperformedforhimasthechurchcongregationlookedon.HewaspresentedwithacerticatebyourCommandingOfcerMr.AnthonyWest-brooksandExecutiveOfcerMr.HarryMercerrenamingourSilentDrillPlatoontheMajorGeorgeC.WestoverSilentDrillPlatoon.LateratlunchheacceptedwithhonorwiththeserstwordsIaccept--butyouguysbetternotgetintoanytroublenow.Wealllaughedandsa-lutedhimwithanayeayesirThedrillplatoonperformedoutsideattherestau-ranttoowherethemanagerrecognizingthespecialoccasionaskedustodelightthemandcustomersincludingMa-jorWestoverthehonoreeagain.MajorWestoverdoesntmissanopportunitytocritiqueouruniformsourdrillstandardsandmostimportantlyhowweconductourselvesdailyasYoungMarines.Thestorieswehearfromhimarejustincred-ibleandhaveyouponderingfordays.YoucanGoogleMajorGeorgeWestoverPearlHarborsurvivorandmanywebsitesareavailableinterviewstodocumenta-ries.Myfavoriteisthethreeminutepar-tialinterviewabouttwonightsduringabattleatIwoJimaandthepromisesyoumakeduringcombathttpvimeo.comchannelswwiistories.AgainthiswasadayIwillneverforgetespeciallytheles-sonsweallreceivefromMajorWestoverOOHRAHSilentDrillPlatoonisnamedinhonorofMajorGeorgeC.WestoverMajorWestoverwithhisnamesakesilentdrillplatoon.WestoverlatersignedcerticatesfortheMusicCityTNunit.ByYMPFCJosephColeMusicCityTNLastJuneourMusicCityYoungMarinessilentdrillteamperformedattheAlvinC.YorkVeteransAffairsMedicalCenterinMurfreesboroTN.WewereinvitedbyDe-loittethecompanysponsoringtheevent.MorethanseventyDeloitteemployeesparticipatedintheirMakeaDifferencedayandprovidedanoutsidelunchfortheVApatientstheyevenhadanemployeeband.Oursilentdrillteamperformedsev-eraltimesprovidingmemoriesforthepatientsandentertainmentduringthebandsbreaks.WhileinperformanceIcouldseeournationswoundedheroesnodinapprovalandappreciationofwhatweweredoing.WerepresentthestrengthanddeterminationofAmericasyouth.IhaventbeenwiththeYoungMarinesforverylongandIwassurprisedhowonesmilefromaveteranmadethedaystripworththewhile.Wehadtheoppor-tunitytomeetwithveteransthrough-outthedaythehighlightwaswithtwoveteransinahallway.Thewordsoneoftheveteranssaidwillstickwithmeforalongtime.HetoldusYouaremakingthebestchoiceinyourliferightnowyouwillneverregretit.Thosewordswerespokenstronglytousasagrouptheveteranwassharpandyoucouldtellhewassoproudofwhoandwhathehaddoneinhislifeservinghiscounty.Nowhiscountryistakingcareofhim.Thedaywasasunnydayinmanyways.IforgottomentionhiswheelchairwasdecoratedhisribbonswereevenattachedMusicCitySilentDrillPlatoonPerformsatVAHospitalTheMusicCityTNSilentDrillPlatoon. ESPRITPage23ByYMPFCBransonJ.CoiteuxOregonCascadeORThispastMemorialweekendIhadthehonortovolunteeratRiverViewCemeterywithmyunit.DrivinguptotheentranceIwasmovedbythestunningviewandthemixofheadstonesmarkersandrowsuponrowsofAmericanags.Wepostattheen-trancesandhandoutmapsandsurveysforthefamilymembers.Westayextremelybusydirectingpeopletothecorrectareasandlisteningtotheirsometimesverypersonalstories.Somestorieswereveryemotionalandsomewereveryfunny.Itwasenjoyablelisteningtovisitorstalkabouttheirlovedones.IheardofsomegreatsacricesthatweremadebythemilitarymenandwomenthatarelaidtorestatRiverView.Sincethisisapubliccemeteryweweresur-prisedtolearnofsomelocalhistoricallyin-terestingpeoplewhoareinterredhere.ForexampleRiverViewCemeteryhasthedis-tinctionofhavingPortlandbreweryfounderHenryWeinhardburiedthere.WyattEarpisalsoburiedhereandpeopletravelfromallovertheworldtovisitandphotgraphhisgrave.OregonCascadeunithasbeenvolun-teeringhereforseveralyearsnowandthefamiliesandvisitorshavecometoexpectustobeatthegateswithasmileahandshakeandanear.IcantthinkofabetterplacetobeduringtheMemorialweekendthantobehonoringthosewhohavesecuredourfu-tureourfreedomandourliberties.OregonCascadeServesatMemorialDayEventOregonCascadeYoungMarines.ByYMCPLJacobDucatmanMusicCityTNMusicCityYoungMarineswerehonoredtoparticipateinafullweekendofMemorialDayceremoniesinNashvilleTNonMay25thand26th.TheSundayactivitieswereattheMiddleTennesseeStateVeteransCemeteryinPegramjustwestofNashville.ManyofourYoungMarineshandedoutprogramguidesandperformedseveralsilentdrillteamperformances.TwoofusCPLJacobDucatmanandPVTEliasRamirezwereaskedtoleadthePledgeofAllegiance.AnotherhighlightwasthewreathlayingbyYoungMarinesPFCJeremyPippinandPFCJoeCarver.MondayMemorialDaytheYoungMarinesheadedtoNorthNashvilleattheNashvilleNationalCemeteryagainleadingthePledgeofAllegianceandthewreathlaying.TheVeteransCoordinatingCouncilcommendedourgroupintheirdedi-cationandtimegivenforbothdays.InreturnourYoungMarinesenrichedtheirknowl-edgeofhowMemorialDaystartedandhowitrepresentsandhonorsthesacricesgivenforourfreedom.MemorialDayASymboloftheSacricesforOurFreedom Page24ESPRITByYMPVTJonathanSadlerBuckleyFieldCOWhenmymothertoldmeoftheYoungMarinesIthoughttomyselfThisisonestepclosertomygoal.MydreaminlifeistobeChiefofNavalOperations.TakingpartintheYoungMarinesisthebeginningofthebeginningbutitallstartedinRecruitTraining.RecruittrainingissaidtobethehardestpartofanymilitarycareerandtothatIagreebutthemoreathleticyouarethebet-teritwillgo.Recruittraininghelpedmewithtwothings.Onewasphysicalstrength.IjoinedtheBuckleyFieldYoungMarinesinMarch.WhenIjoinedIweighed120lbsIwasaskinnytwig.WhentherealPTstartedIstartedgoingtothegymregularly.WhenrecruittrainingendedIweighedanamazingly144lbs.Secondwasprovidingmewiththeopportunitytolearnlead-ershipskills.Ittookalongtimetogetagriponhowtobealeader.AtipIlearnedisnottoyelltoomuchorallofthetime.Insteadmotivateandhavetalks.Suggesthowtogetbetterorwhatsomebodyneedstoworkon.TheYoungMarinesprogramrepresentsagreatopportunity.ThosewhoareintroubleinlifeorneedtodosomethingwiththeirlifeshouldjointheYoungMarinesitwillhelp.GodBlessOneStepClosertoaGoal--BecomingaYoungMarineAboutthatRecruitPhase--OneYoungMarinesStoryByYMPVTAlexFriedlyBuckleyFieldCOWhenIrststartedtheRecruitphaseIdidnotthinkthatitwouldbechallengingtomephysicallyormentally.AsIwentthroughtheprogramIwasreallychallengedinthetestswehadtodomentally.Ihadtoworkreallyhardtomemorizethethingswehadtolearn.Iwasalsochallengedtopushmyselfharderatphysicaltnessandgetagoodscore.WhengraduationnallycamearoundIwassoexcitedthatwewerenallydonewithrecruittraining.Wehadtodoalotofpracticingtogettheceremonyjustright.Wenallygottheparentsinandstartedthegraduationceremony.Wemarchedinandlistenedtopeopletalkaboutusthentheystartedpre-sentingawards.IwashappythatIachievedthebestphysicaltnessscoreandmybrotherRickyFriedlygotbestEssentialSubjectTestESTandhewasselectedasHonorGraduate.HewasalsohonoredbytheMarineCorpsLeagueanditwasveryfun.IamhappythatIamintheYoungMarinesByYMSgtDevinDroeseTonopahValleyTNOnMay26th2014theTonopahValleyYoungMarineUnithadthehonorofparticipatingintheMemorialDayCommemorationattheRadiantChurchlocatedinSurpriseAZ.Thiseventoccuredthroughacombinedeffortofmanymilitaryorganizationsfromthearea.Thiscommemorationwasaboutrememberingthosewhogavetheirlivesforourfreedomandtothankthosewhohavedefendedthatfreedom.IwasgiventhehonorofplayingTapsforthiseventforthesecondyearinarow.PlayingforthoseinattendancewasanhonorIwillneverforget.ThreeotherYoungMarinesfrommyunitparticipatedinbeingonstageforthevideoIFoughtforYouwhichrecognizesandacknowl-edgesourveterans.WealsohadfourYoungMarinespostthecolorsfortheevent.Ourparticipationinthiseventwasanhonorthatwillstaywithusforalife-time.Wearegratefultohavehadtheopportunitytohonorthosewhohavefoughtforus.MemorialDayCommemorationinArizonaRememberingD-DayontheBeachesofNormandyByYMSSgtJaredBakerColumbusINLastsummerIhadthehonorandprivilegeofgoingtoEuropethroughthePeopletoPeoplepro-gram.ItraveledalloverEuropeandvisitedmanymuseumsstatuesandmemorials.Howeverthemostlife-changingexperiencewasavisittothebeachesofNormandyFrancewherethereisasectionthathousesanAmericanWorldWarIImemorial.EarlyonemorningwewenttothememorialandreadthenamesofthefallenservicemenwholosttheirlivesonD-Day.OnJune61944AlliedforcesinvadedOmahaBeachinGerman-occupiedFrance.EventhoughtheAllieswereatamajorstrategicdisadvantagetheypushedpasttheGermanforces.ThousandsofAmericanslandedandfoughtonthebeach.TheGermanforceswerepreparedfortheinvasion.Theentirebeachwaslinedwithanti-tankspikesminesrazorwireetc.AlliedsoldiersmaneuveredaboutthethousandsofobstaclestheyfacedunderconstantenemyrefromtheGermans.Sadly2499AmericansoldierslosttheirlivesduringtheinvasionwhichbegantheliberationofEuropeIwasabletovisittheD-Daycemeterywhereabout90ofthemorethan4000alliedsol-diersareburied.Iviewedthegravesmemorialstatuesandparticipatedinawreath-layingceremony.LesBravesWWIIMemorialatOmahaBeachinNormandyFrance. ESPRITPage25ByYMPFCJeremyPippinMusicCityTNMusicCityYoungMarineshavestartedanewtradition.WearevisitingaYoungMarineschurchonceamonth.Mr.WestbrooksourCommandingOfcermentionedthisatnalformationonedayaskingYoungMarinesifanywerein-terestedandquiteafewofuswereinter-estedindoingthis.Iaskedmymomifwecouldhavethemvisitourchurch.IwashappywhenourchurchParkAv-enueBaptistChurchinNashvillewastherstchurchselectedforourunittovisitandbeginthistradition.TomysurpriseourinterimpastorPat-rickHamiltonannouncedwhowewereandinformedthecongregationabouttheYoungMarinesprogramHealsoaskedmetocomeupbeforethecongregationandreadapassagefromtheHolyBiblePsalm67.IntotalnineYoungMarinesfourAdultLeadersandveparentswerealsoinat-tendance.AfterwardswewentouttoeatlunchbrunchatthelocalCrackerBarrelRestaurant.MymomwassoproudofmeandalloftheYoungMarinesMusicCityBeginsaNewTraditionChurchDayMyChurchwasVisitedbyMusicCityYoungMarinesByYMPVTShawnMcNealMusicCityTNSundayOctober5thwasagooddaywhenIknewMr.West-brooksandsomeoftheYoungMarineswerecomingtomychurchBellshireAssemblyforavisit.ThisisoursecondgroupchurchvisitandIwashappywhenmymomsentourchurchinformationtogetinlineforthevisits.OurPastorScottimmediatelyannouncedourchurchhadveryspecialguesttheMusicCityYoungMarines.Hegaveusindi-vidualintroductionsandthecongregationabriefofwhoweareandwhattheprogramisabout.IwasproudwhenheintroducedmeasaYoungMarine.WelookedgoodinourCharliesandfeltgoodaboutwhatwerep-resentasYoungMarines.MusicCityYoungMarinesvisitNashvillesBellshireAssemblyChurch.Mr.AnthonyWestbrooksCOSpencerNorthcuttBobCookeChrisMcKinneyChrisCookeandShawnMcNeal.SafetyTipFromtheInspectorGeneralPhysicalTrainingByJoeBlesNationalInspectorGeneralYoungMarinesNationalHeadquartersPhysicalTrainingorPTisoneofthenecessaryandalsoanenjoyablepartoflivingahealthydrug-freelifestyle.WhentheWinterweathercomesalongsomeusethatasanexcusenottodoso.Dontfallforit.Insteadlookforwaystokeepwarmdryandthoroughlyenjoytheoutdoors.Notonlywillthatkeepyourbodyheathyandstrongbutitreallydoesleadtoahealthylifestyle. Page26ESPRITByPaulaSarllsPastNationalPresidentWomenMarinesAssociationandPresidentColoradoMCLMarineMemorialTheU.S.MarineMemorialAssociationinGoldenCOhasanewPresidentPaulaSarllsUSMC67-71andGoldStarWife.SheisChaplainfortheFrankJ.CarrollDe-tachmentinDenverandamemberoftheirauxiliary.HerrstofcialceremonyattheMemorialwasheldonMemorialDayMay262014.PaulainstitutedanewtraditionfundedbytheMMAmember-WomenMarinesAssociationCO-1ChapterfortheYoungMarineBattaliontoselectoneortwooutstandingmemberstohavelunchwiththeguestspeakerpriortothecer-emony.YoungMarineLCplJoshJohnstonwasselectedforthishonorandsubmitsthefollowingstoryIrecentlyhadtheplea-sureofhavinglunchwithColonelJohnSchaferUSMC.IwasinformedthatIwasspeciallyselectedformyworkonmyDrugDemandReductionwebsitejmjjosh02.wix.comhangoutwhichIwassurprisedtohearwasactuallyviewedbypeopleotherthantheYoungMarinesinmyownunit.MywebsitetellsalittleabouttheYoungMarineswithemphasisoncom-monillicitdrugsandbullying.Irecentlylostmygirlfriendasaresultofbullyingsoitwasespeciallyimportanttometoincludethatinmywebsiteaswell.ThelunchwasscheduledforMemorialDaypriortotheColonelsspeechattheMa-rineCorpsMemorialinGoldenCO.InpreparationforourmeetingIre-viewedhisbiography.Ifoundmanyin-terestingandimpressivethingsinhisbiographyandIwasamazedathisca-reeraccomplishments.HehasservedintheMarineCorpsformorethan30years.DuringthattimehedeployedtotherstandsecondGulfWarsinIraqaswellasAfghanistanin2010.Currentlyheisas-signedtoUSNORTHCOMastheJ35Di-visionChief.IpreparedsomequestionstoasktheColonelandbeforeIknewitmyfamilyandIwereonourwaytomeetColonelSchaferhiswifeSallyandPaulaSarllsPresidentoftheU.S.MarineMe-morialAssociationandtheWomenMa-rinesAssociationCO-1Chapter.WhenwearrivedmyparentsgavemesomelastminuteadviceandwewalkedinwithMs.Sarlls.WhenColonelShaferandhiswifearrivedwemadealltheproperintroductions.ImentionedIwasalittlenervousbutColonelShaferremind-edmethatheputshispantsononelegatatimejustlikeme.WhilewaitingforourmealsColonelShaferandhiswifetoldusabouttheirthreesons.OneisintheNavyandtheoldestisintheMarineCorps.TheColonelandItalkedabouttheYoungMarines.HeadvisedmethatIcoulddoanythingintheworldaslongasIalwayskeepmyheadupandneverquit.WhenourfoodarrivedtheColonelteasedmethatIwouldntbeableeatthewholethingIhadorderedtheBBQBa-conBurgeranditwasdeliciousbutIwasunabletonishitall.AfterourmealtheColonelwenttogetdressedinhisblues.WhenhereturnedIwasimpressedbyalloftheribbonshehadearnedthroughouthiscareer.IwasveryproudtohavemypicturetakenwithColonelShaferandMs.Sarlls.AlloftheotherdinersstaredatColonelShaferandIcouldhearthemwhisperHehassomanymedalsIamverygratefulthatIhadthisopportunityandIhopeotherpeopleareasfortunateasIwastoen-joylunchwiththesetwooutstandingpeople.Ms.SarllsaddsthatsheandtheColonelwereequallyhonoredtohavelunchwithLCplJohnston.HeisagreatexampleofwhattheYoungMarinesprogramandtheMarineCorpsLeagueareallaboutColoradoMarineAssociationHonorsYMLCplJohnsonSomeThoughtsAbouttheFutureoftheYoungMarinesByYMSSgtDerekCintronRutherfordCountyTNSooftenIhearthatwetheyouthareAmericasfuture.IthinkthisistrueandIthinkthisiswhywealldecidedtojointheYoungMarines.ButIalsothinkthatthePFCsprivatesandLanceCorpo-ralsarenotonlythefutureofthiscountrybutalsothefutureofthisprogram.YoucanbeaMasteryGunnerySergeantoraSergeantMajoryettheYoungMarinepro-gramwouldnotbeabletocontin-ueunlesstheYoungMarineswhohavemadeittothetopteachallthattheyknowtotheTinyTots.WeAdvancedLeadersandSe-niorLeadershaveanobligationtomentorandguideoursubordinatessothatonedaythoseeightnineandtenyearoldchildrencanllourshoes.Thistaskisnosmallone.InfactIwouldsaythatitisaverylargeanddifculttask.Isaythisbecauseifwedonottrainthemaswellaswecanthentheprogramcannothopetobesuccessful.Notadequatelypreparingouryoungoneswouldbeafailureonourpart.IhaveaYoungMarineinmyunitwhofollowsmearoundandwantssodesperatelytobelikemewhenhegetsolder.Thiswarmsmyheartmorethananythingelseintheworld.ItsYoungMarineslikehimthatmakemewanttostayinthisprogramandItrulythinkthatheandalloftheotherTinyTotsarethefutureofthisprogram.SotrainthemwellAdvancedandSeniorLeaders.ShakinghandswiththefutureoftheYoungMarines. ESPRITPage27ByGaryWeisbaumChiefMarketingOfcerItgoeswithoutsayingthesedayshowimportantwebsitesandsocialmediaaretoeverycompanyandorganizationacrosstheglobe.Statisticstodayindicate93ofyoungadultsintheUnitedStatesages12-17and73ofadultsareonlineonaregularbasis.Diggingonthisalittledeeper58ofAmericansresearchonlinebeforemakingdecisionsand97ofinternetusersnowshoponline.Currentdataalsoshows67ofAmeri-cansages12andoverusesocialmediawithmorethanhalf58activeonFacebook.IcouldkeepquotingstatisticslikethisalldayhoweverIthinkyougetthepicture.TheYoungMarineswebsitewww.young-marines.comandourFacebookpagearethetwomostimportantas-setsweusetoengagethepopulationaboutTheYoungMarinesontheinternetandviasocialmedia.Extensivetimeeffortandre-sourceshavegoneintodevelopingmaintainingandpromot-ingthesetwovaluabletoolsinourmarketingarsenal.DailyHQstaffisupdatingthewebsiteandFBpagetokeepthembothcurrentandtohighlightthemanyoutstandingactivitiesYoungMarinesunitsdoacrossthecountryeveryday.IndividualYoungMarinesunitshavetheirowninternetandsocialmedianeedstopromotetheiractivitiesintheirlocalmarkets.Recruitingfundraisingunitcalendarslocalsponsorsarebutafewofthemanytopicsthatneedtobecommuni-catedonalocalbasis.WhenthenewYoungMarineswebsitewaslaunchedlastyearweincludedaplatformintheFindAUnitnavigationatthetopofwww.youngmarines.comforunitstohavetheirownunitwebpagethatfollowsthebrandguidelinesestablishedin2012bytheYoungMarines.ManyofourYoungMa-rinesunitshaveaddedtheirspecicunitinformationtotheirhomepageandareus-ingtheirwebsiteonadailybasis.Manyhaveuploadedtheinitialinformationhow-evertheinformationhasnotbeenupdated.Stilloth-erYoungMarinesunitshavedonenothingwiththeirpage.ItiscriticaltohaveallofourYoungMarinesunitscompleteandmaintaintheirwebpages.AnditsnotjustabenetforHQinfact100ofthebenetisfortheunit.Thesebenetsinclude1Anyonelookingforaunittojoininamarkettheyeitherresideinormightbemovingtocanlearnaboutyourunit.2RegionalandnationalsponsorsinterestedinsupportingaYoungMarinesunitcaneasilyndyourunitandseewhatyoudointhecommunity.3LocalbusinesscivicandotherorganizationscaneasilyndyourYoungMarinesunitinformation.4Localandregionalmediacaneasilyndyourlocalunitscontactinformation.5AnyoneinterestedinbeingaRegisteredAdultVolunteercaneasilyndyourYoungmarinesunitinformationandseewhattheYoungMarinesareallabout.AndtheseareonlyafewofthemanybenetsaYoungMa-rinesunitgetsfromcompletingandmaintainingtheirinfor-mationontheirwww.youngmarines.comunitpage.RememberwhenanyonesearchestheYoungMarinesthetopsearchresultisalwaysYoungMarineswww.youngmarines.comFinallytheYoungMarinesFacebookpageasofJanuary12015has15647likesandisgrowingeveryweek.Thepageisveryactivewithmanyunitspostingpicturesandstoriesabouttheirunitactivities.HoweverjustlikewiththewebsitenotallofourunitsarepostingpicturesandstoriestotheYoungMa-rinesFacebookpage.ItseasyinfactIamsuremostifnotallofyourYoungMarinesknowhowtodothis.FindoneortwoofyourYoungMarineswhoareFacebookexpertsandgivethemtheresponsibilityoflettingeveryoneknowallthegreatthingsyouaredoinginyourcommunities.IfyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthewebsiteorFacebookpleaseemailmeatgary.weisbaumyoungmarines.comAsalwaysletmesaywhatathrillitisandhowproudIamtobeafliatedwithallofyouthatworksohardtomaketheYoungMarinestheprogramitis.HappyNewYearwww.youngmarines.com Page28ESPRITIAmIamaYoungMarineIwonderwhattheworldactuallyseesIhearFromthisdayforwardIsincerelypromise...IseerighthandsraisedIwanttosetanexampleforallyouthtofollowIamaYoungMarine.IamawarrioragainstdrugsandalcoholIfeelLeadershipTeamworkandDisciplineItouchothersthroughmyCommunityServiceIworryandaskmyselfAmIdoingenoughIcryforwhatourservicemenandwomengothroughtokeepmesafeIamaYoungMarine.IunderstandhowmylifeisbeingstrengthenedthroughthisprogramIsayIamthefutureofAmericaIdreamofHonorCourageCommitmentItrytoremainSemperFiIhopeforresponsiblecitizenswhoenjoyahealthydrug-freelifestyleIamaYoungMarine--ByYMLCplJonathanGrayIIUpstateSCByYMMSgtDylanStrongNatchaugRiverCTSoeveryonehasNewYearsresolutionsrightLosingweightexercisingmoreandeatinghealthierarethreecommonones.WellthoseweretheexactthreeIsetformyselfandItookthemtoheartthistime.Istartedoff2014weighingabout250lbsandlookingforawayout.Isetmythreeresolutionsintomotionalmostimmediately.InsteadofdrinkingsodaIdrankwaterinsteadofeat-ingchipsoricecreamIwouldhavefruit.Eatinghealthierhashelpedmefeelsomuchbetterhealthierandhasalsohelpedmeloseweight.NextIstartedexercisingmorerunningliftingweightsandmore.InyearspastIstruggledpassingmyPFTalwayspassingwithborderlinescoresbutnowIamabletopushthroughitwitheasescoringwellintothe300sbecauseoftheworkIveputin.Ihavebecomefasterbetterandstronger.IhaveworkedincrediblyhardinthelastsevenmonthsandIhavefnal-lyreachedmysetgoalof180lbs.representingalossofabout70lbs.IfeeloutstandingbutIstillworkjustashardasbeforetokeepbetteringmyselfwiththeYoungMarinesprogramamongotherthingshelpingmealongtheway.Ittakesalotofhard-workmotivationanddedicationbutifyousetyourmindtoityoucanaccomplishanything.IfIcandoityoucantooOnGettinginShapeIfICanDoItYouCanTooYMMSgtDylanStrongbefore......andafterlosingweight. BeaPartoftheYoungMarinesAlumniAssociationCallingFORMERYMsWhereAreYOUNowwww.youngmarines.comAlumniESPRITPage29ByYMCPLBenjaminC.MichalakWestoverMAIrstheardabouttheMilitaryOrderofWorldWarsYouthLeadershipConferencefrommyUnitCommander.ThelocationoftheseminarundoubtedlyexcitedmeoccurringinoneofthemosthistoriccitiesintheUnitedStatesBaltimoreMD.IalsostrivetoattendtheAnnapolisNavalAcademysotheexperi-encesoundedremarkablyintriguing.Howevertherewasade-velopinguneaseinsideofmeatthethoughtofnotknowinganyofthestudentswhowouldbeattending.LittledidIknowIwouldmakemanyfriendsatMOWW.Therstactivityweparticipatedinwasanicebreakerwhichnotonlyformedthebasisofmanynewfriendshipsbutinstilledcondenceinus.Approachingastrangerandintroducingyour-selftakesanabundanceofwillpowerandtenacity.Thistaughtustobeabletoapproachapersonandintroduceyourselfwiththeintentionsofcreatingarelationship.Italsoshowedthatcondenceisbeliefandbeingyou.Itshowedusthatcharactercountsandbeingyourselfisapartofbeingagreatleader.Wealsolearnedaboutthefundamentalsofteamwork.Ourteamsmetearlyonduringtherstnight.ThetaskwastonotifyeveryonewhyourteamwasthereatMOWW.Howeverwehadtroubleamassingacentralopinion.Todothiswewentaroundourcircletalkedaboutourlivesandrelatedtoeachotherandwewereabletoattainanaldecision.Fortherestoftheteamexerciseswecommunicatedourideaswithrespectandpassion.Thesearetwoofmanytimelessele-mentsIlearnedatMOWW.Theconferenceasawholeteacheslifelessons.Theserangefromhavingcondenceinleadershipteamworkandinmeetingpeople.Teamworkfunctionsonlywhentheteammatescanconnectandrelatetoeachother.IpersonallyrecommendthistoallespeciallyYoungMarines.ItisanexperiencethatIwillneverforget.TheMOWWExperienceTeachingLifeLessonsDrugsintheNewsTheDEAsOfceofDiversionControlByJoeBlesNationalInspectorGeneralYoungMarinesNationalHeadquartersThemissionoftheDrugEnforcementAdministrationsOfceofDiversionControlistopreventdetectandinvestigatethediversionofcontrolledpharmaceuticalsandlistedchemicalsfromlegitimatesourceswhileensuringandadequateandun-interruptedsupplyforlegitimatemedicalcommercialandsci-enticneeds.YoungMarinesifyouarelookingforatopicforyourunitsquarterlydrugresistancetrainingthisisagoodtopictocon-sider.Youcanndmoreinformationbygoingtothewebsitewww.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.ThisisjustonemorewaytheUSDrugEnforcementAdministrationisworkingtokeepussafe.ByYMPVTScottFarrisandPFCJonathanFreemanNewCastleCountyDEFireSafetyisimportanttoknowbecauseitcouldsaveyourlife.Ifyouareeverinareyoushouldtrytostaycalm.Calltheredepartmentrightawayandgetoutofthebuilding.Allhomesshouldhaveareextinguisherespeciallyinthekitchen.ItshouldbeanABCratedreextinguisherwhichmeansitcanbeusedforthreedifferentkindsofres.ClassAforwoodorpaperclassBforammableliquidsandclassCforelectricalres.Ifyouhaveakitchengreasereandyoudonthaveareextinguisherneverusewatertotrytoputitout.Thiswillmakethereworse.Youcouldpourbakingsodaonthereandtrysmotheringitwiththelidofthepan.Ifyourclothescatchonreyouneedtostopdropandroll.Crawllowtothegroundtoescapethere.Ifyouaretrappedtrytopunchaholeinthewalltogetout.Onceyouareoutsidenevergobackintoareforyourthings.Getasfarawayaspossiblefromthere.Youshouldhaveameetingplacesetupwithyourfamily.Gettogetherwithyourfamilyandcreateareescapeplan.NomatterhowsmallthereiscalltheredepartmentrightawaybecauseevenasmallrecangetoutofhandveryquicklyasitdidintheGreatChicagoreof1871.FireSafetyAFewVeryImportantThingstoKnow ESPRITAYoungMarinePrivateHappytoHaveEarnedaRankByYMPFCRickyFriedlyBuckleyFieldCOAfewmonthsagoIgraduatedfromrecruittrainingwiththeBuckleyFieldYoungMa-rinesunit.Iwasntentirelysurewhatgraduationwouldbelikebuteveryonetoldmeitwasgoingtobegreat.Graduationwasveryintense.Everyonehadtobeintherightplaceattherighttimeanditcouldgetfairlyconfusing.EveryonemadeitthroughandfnallygraduatedIwassohappytofnallyhavearankThedisciplineandteamworkrecruittraininginstilledinmewillstaywithmefortherestofmylife.GraduationsPerfectPFTScoresYMPVTAidenWarrenKaufmanCountyTXYMLCplLilyHarrisEmeraldCoastFLYMSgtJeremyBlackfordBuckleyFieldCOYMCplAdelaEccliGoldenGateCACongratulationstoallournewYoungMarinesandtoallthosewhotaughtandnurturedthem.GoodWorkUnitBuckleyFieldCODateNotSpecifedUCNotSpecifedHonorgradRickyFriedlyUnitGreaterClevelandOHDateJuly27UCChrisFreidhofHonorgradDylanSmithUnitWestoverMADateAugust29UCEdwardMitrookHonorgradNathanValoisUnitMiamiValleyOHDateNovember12UCJohnF.BankowitzHonorGradJohnP.SollingerJarretsvilleMDGraduationVolunteerServiceAwardsMiamiValleyOHOurunitsrecipientshavebeenannouncedandincludethreeawardsforLifetimeAchievementKimberlyBowlingTimothyCahillandBarbWilson.ReceivingtheSilverAwardareChancePetteyandCplHunterWeiss.BronzeAwardrecipientsareChristinaCruseyPFCCurtisL.BarnhartCplTroyM.MurphyCplJonathanN.RosfeldandPFCKarlK.Slader.CongratulationstoourYoungMarineswhoreceivedaperfectscoreof500ontheirPhysicalFitnessTests.AboutSubmittingGraduationInformationtoEspritAswewelcomerecruitsintotheranksoftheYoungMarinesandGraduationsareheldpleaseremembertosubmitthisinformationtoEspritmagazinesothatwemaypublishthisinforma-tioninatimelymannerandcontinueoureffortstorecognizealloftheeffortsofourYoungMa-rinesandthosewhoteachandguidethem.PleaseremembertoincludethedateofyourgraduationthedateoftheGraduationCeremonyandnameoftheUnitCommander.Besuretoin-cludethenameoftheHonorGraduateandwhilewearelimitedinthenumberofphotographswecanpublishduetospaceavailabilitypho-tosarealwayswelcome.ForfurthersubmissionguidelinesseetheYoungMarineswebsitewww.YoungMarines.com.BuckleyFieldYoungMarinesgraduation.PrsrtStdU.S.PostagePAIDPCMailingServices78217YoungMarinesNationalHeadquartersP.O.Box70735SWStationWashingtonD.C.20024-0735