From National Young Marine of the Year 2014-2015
YM SgtMaj Blake DeWeese, Oregon Cascade YM

I cannot overstate my enthusiasm and pride in representing the Young Marines for the next year.

This past summer, I had the honor of serving as the Academy Sergeant Major for the National Leadership Academies. While there, I was exposed to close to 200 Senior and Advanced leaders within our program. At the conclusion of the academies, I felt a tremendous level of pride and respect for all those who were in attendance. Their hard work, dedication and perseverance are commendable.

It reminded me why I joined the Young Marines close to 7 years ago; to be a part of something bigger than myself, to commit to a long term vision and to prove to myself I was capable of something most are not. As I reflect on my time, I realize the reason I am still a Young Marine is for a different reason; it is for you, the Young Marines. Our program reshapes lives, and my case was no different. After all the Young Marines has done for me, I want to give back. I want to motivate and inspire you all the same way you do for me.

As Young Marine of the Year, I am representative of the Young Marines program, which means I am here to serve you, I want to meet as many Young Marines as possible, so please contact me to come visit your units. I promise to do everything in my power to represent the Young Marines with pride and dignity in a way that you would approve of.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

YM SgtMaj Blake DeWeese 
National Young Marine of the Year 2014-2015
Oregon Cascade Young Marines

blake.deweese@youngmarines.com

.National YMOY YM SgtMaj Blake Deweese among some of those who inspire him most, the Advanced Leadership Academy students