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MCA&F Awards OCS Staff, Candidates for Performance
Competition drives success.
It’s a point Marine Candidate Luke Boyd has seen in action as the Honor Graduate at Officer Candidate School at MCB Quantico.
Although he trained hard to earn his three awards during the 10-week school, he credits his motivation to the high achievements of his fellow candidates in 2nd platoon, Company C.
“It was a great feeling,” Boyd said of being recognized for the three awards. “The platoon is very competitive and we have a lot of support and cohesion. (The award) is a testament to them, but I’m also honored to be in that position.”
The Marine Corps Association & Foundation sponsors the three awards Boyd earned through the association’s Marine Excellence Awards Program. Each year MCA&F gives awards to more than 10,000 deserving Marines and is the largest contributor of awards given to Marines.
MCA&F Quantico Area Representative SgtMaj Kevin S. Bennett, USMC (Ret) presented the awards during Charlie Company’s graduation ceremony on Friday, 10 Aug.
“The award process is vital for these youngsters because they need to understand from the beginning that if they work their tail off for ten weeks they will be recognized as the best of the best,” Bennett said.
Candidate Boyd received the Marine Corps Association & Foundation Honor Graduate Award as the candidate with the highest leadership average, a wristwatch for the Phil Yeckel Award as the candidate with the highest overall average and a set of tailored dress blues from The MARINE Shop for the Major Harry Elms Award as the candidate with the highest overall average with prior enlisted service.
Company Gunnery Sergeant Spangler said Boyd’s “enthusiasm, initiative and go-after-it-drive” helped propel him to the top grad spot in a company of very successful candidates.
“He’s an outstanding candidate and very knowledgeable,” Spangler said. “He is very motivated and very enthusiastic about being a Marine first and then being a lieutenant.”
MCA&F also sponsors the “Gung-Ho Award” for each graduating OCS class, which is voted on by peers for the Candidate who shows the most motivation during training. Bennett presented Candidate Jergen Campbell with the “Gung-Ho Award” during Friday’s ceremony.
Spangler calls Campbell a “go-getter” with “initiative through the roof.”
In addition to the four awards dedicated to Marine Officer Candidates, the MCA&F also recognizes five Battalion Awards for OCS staff including Drill Instructor of the Cycle, Corpsman of the Cycle, Instructor of the Cycle, Physical Training Instructor of the Cycle and the Eagle Award.
SSgt Joseph D. Whetstine, the recipient of the Drill Instructor of the Cycle was awarded for his outstanding performance while training Officer Candidates.
“His enthusiasm is day in and day out and he enjoys his job,” Spangler said. “He displays a lot of heart and he puts everything he has into what he does as a drill instructor.”
The other staff award recipients were HM2 Rolando J. Brooks as Corpsman of the Cycle, Capt Robert G. Gibson for academic Instructor of the Cycle, Sgt Justin R. Kelley as Physical Training Instructor of the Cycle and Sgt Raymond P. Woitowicz of the Training & Support Platoon who exemplified esprit de corps and devotion to duty on a daily basis behind the scenes in order to be honored for the Eagle Award.
I received my Dress Blues I ordered from The Marine
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I want to relay my many thanks to everyone at Marine Corps Association and Military Historical Tours for providing me the opportunity to experience such a wonderful trip to Russia. Had I not won this trip through MCA I may have never taken advantage of such fantastic travels. The group, the Russian Tour guide (Oleg Alexandrov) and Charlie Dunn were wonderful companions during the trip. It will be a memory I will cherish all of my remaing days on this earth.
Again, Many thanks and Semper Fidelis!
1stSgt Bradshaw, USMC (Ret.)
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I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone at the association for sponsoring the Ground Awards Dinner on 3 June at the Crystal City Marriott. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were tremendously pleased with the hospitality shown to us and the great accommodations. As well, I wanted to thank the association for the DVD of the event that was mailed to me. It is something that I will keep and treasure for the rest of my days. Again, thanks for everything.
Capt Chris Conner
My Name is Sergeant Major Juan. M. Hidalgo, Sergeant Major of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) out of Camp Pendleton, CA. Sergeant Major (Ret.) Frank Pulley is one of my mentors and is someone that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. The MCA and SgtMaj Pulley do a phenomenal job in helping us recognize our Marines and Sailors and they continually demonstrate that they are always more than ready to support; anytime...Anyplace! And on behalf of the entire 13th MEU, I thank you very much!
Sergeant Major Juan. M. Hidalgo
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Charles W. (Chuck) Harpe
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