Recruit Division Commander (RDC)/Drill Instructor
Outstanding service completing six cycles. Served as a receiving drill instructor for ten months, giving 4,000 recruits the welcome aboard speech, which sets the tone for the rest of recruit training.
Played a significant role in the success and effectiveness of the unit by training, developing, and transforming over 300 civilians into United States Marines ensuring only the best and most highly trained personnel move on to the fleet Marine Corps. Every one of his platoons graduated with an average of 20% being expert rifle qualifications, 98% having an academic grade point average of a 95 or better, his average platoon Physical Fitness test scores being a high first class, and maintaining a training efficiency for his recruits of 90% or better.
SERGEANT SMITH TRANSFORMED 545 RECRUITS INTO HIGHLY MOTIVATED, SMARTLY DISCIPLINED, BASICALLY TRAINED MARINES. AS A SENIOR DRILL INSTRUCTOR SERGEANT SMITH EARNED HONOR PLATOON THREE TIMES, REFLECTING HIGHLY UPON HIS LEADERSHIP ABLIITY. SERGEANT SMITH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF 22 DRILL INSTRUCTORS. IN RECRUIT SEPARATIONS PLATOON, SERGEANT SMITH OUT-PROCESSED MORE THAN 1,100 RECRUITS, WHILE FOSTERING PRIDE IN EACH RECRUIT.
Sergeant Mason demonstrated uncommon skill and devotion to his duties. Over the course of six successful cycles, Sergeant Mason maintained an effective training percentage of over 90 percent. Because of his diligence, he was assigned the difficult and time consuming billet of Drill Instructor of Receiving Platoon. His poise, bearing, and professional demeanor earned him the privilege of delivering the "Yellow Footprint" speech. In total, Sergeant Mason prepared over 1,300 recruits in the Receiving Platoon and produced over 350 trained Marines.
Sergeant Kohl's hard work, leadership and character facilitated his ascension to Experienced Drill Instructor within two months. This feat was accomplished ahead of his peers and only obtained by the top ten percent of drill instructors. As Senior Drill instructor, his leadership and character was reflected in the quality of the recruits he trained. His meticulous attention to detail and his ability to train recruits resulted in successfully training two honor platoons. During his 36-month tour he developed and transformed 350 civilians into United States Marines. He was also instrumental in processing and preparing 14,000 recruits for recruit training in the receiving platoon.
Sergeant Jalapena demonstrated an outstanding level of leadership, dedication, and personal sacrifice in order to train and lead recruits and Marines through one of the most challenging billets available to Marines. He served as a drill instructor for five cycles and as the Senior Drill Instructor for two cycles. Throughout this period, he trained over 500 recruits, constantly demanded perfection in drill, ensured strict discipline and teamwork, and challenged all recruits to push themselves beyond their perceived physical abilities. His continuous presence in the squad bays ensured he was always active in the training and development of the recruits as well as being available to ensure his fellow Drill Instructors were trained, qualified, and cared for.
DEMONSTRATED EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATIONAL SKILLS. HE SUCCESSFULLY INSTRUCTED 16 CLASSES OF 725 STUDENTS AND IMBUED THEM WITH THE HIGHEST IDEALS OF HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT IN ORDER TO SERVE IN THE FLEET AS NAVAL OFFICERS.
AS A RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, LED 6 DIVISIONS, TRANSFORMING 582 CIVILIANS INTO BASICALLY TRAINED SAILORS RESULTING IN 49 MERITORIUS ADVANCEMENTS.
AS RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, HE EXPERTLY TRAINED 10 DIVISIONS AND TRANSFORMED 800 CIVILIANS INTO BASICALLY TRAINED AND HIGHLY MOTIVATED SAILORS READY FOR DUTY IN THE FLEET. AS MIDWAY DRILL HALL LEADING PETTY OFFICER, HE LED 14 PETTY OFFICERS IN THE TRAINING OF 48 DIVISIONS COMPRISED OF 4,100 RECRUITS IN 108 CEREMONIAL UNITS. HIS METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL ENSURED THE FLAWLESS EXECUTION OF 43 RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND GRADUATIONS AND ONE CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER AND MIDWAY CEREMONIAL DRILL HALL INSTRUCTOR AT RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND FROM APRIL 2012 TO MAY 2015. AS RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, HE EXPERTLY TRAINED 7 DIVISIONS, TRANSFORMING 588 CIVILIANS INTO BASICALLY TRAINED AND HIGHLY MOTIVATED SAILORS READY FOR DUTY IN THE FLEET. AS MIDWAY CEREMONIAL DRILL HALL INSTRUCTOR, CHIEF HOWELL TRAINED 22 CEREMONIAL UNITS COMPRISED OF 1,444 RECRUITS. HIS METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL ENSURED THE FLAWLESS EXECUTION OF 48 RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND GRADUATIONS. AS A DIVISIONAL CAREER COUNSELOR, HE PROVIDED PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP TO 70 SAILORS, RECEIVING A GRADE OF OUTSTANDING ON THE ANNUAL RETENTION INSPECTION AND EARNING THE COMMAND A RETENTION EXCELLENCE AWARD. BY HIS UNSWERVING DETERMINATION, WISE JUDGMENT, AND COMPLETE DEDICATION TO DUTY, CHIEF HOWELL REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY.
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE OF HER DUTIES WHILE SERVING AS A RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, A UNIT INSTRUCTOR IN MIDWAY CEREMONIAL DRILL HALL AND CHIEF OF THE DECK IN SEPARATIONS FROM JULY 2014 TO AUGUST 2017. AS A RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, PETTY OFFICER SEIMENS TRANSFORMED 260 CIVILIANS INTO BASICALLY TRAINED SAILORS. AS A TRIPLE THREAT AND STAFF UNIT INSTRUCTOR, SHE TRAINED 15 DIVISIONS OF RECRUITS TO PERFORM FOR MORE THAN 100,000 FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS AT 22 PASS-IN-REVIEW CEREMONIES. AS SEPARATIONS CHIEF OF THE DECK, SHE LED A TEAM OF 35 STAFF MEMBERS IN THE SAFE SUPERVISION OF 7,148 SEPARATING RECRUITS AND SAILORS AWAITING TRANSFER TO THE FLEET. PETTY OFFICER SEIMENS' INITIATIVE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HERSELF AND IS IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.