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OCS Charlie Company Candidates and Marines Honored at Graduation
August 19, 2013
Before graduation families are invited to the Office Candidate School campus to be reunited and spend the day with their candidate. Many families end up at The MARINE Shop to purchase all things Marine before heading home.
Photos by Ron Lunn
Seven Marines were presented with awards supported by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation at the Officer Candidate School graduation ceremony on August 9, 2013, at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
SSgt Seth A. Spivey, Charlie Company’s Drill Instructor of the Cycle Award recipient, spent three years training new recruits before coming to OCS. This was his first rotation training candidates.
“You have to be demanding and consistent, and you really have to force them into a new way of life,” Spivey said.
Throughout his years of training Spivey has learned that the most important thing to remember is to be yourself.
“The candidates see you every day. If you present yourself as something you are not they will see right through it, and they will lose their confidence in you,” Spivey said.
As an enlisted member, Spivey offers insight for the candidates as to what traits make a respectable Marine officer.
“I can’t tell them how to be good officers … but I can tell them the traits of a bad officer and the reactions their decisions will bring,” Spivey said.
However, the top two candidates from Charlie Company have first-hand experience of what it takes to be a Marine officer because they have served for a number of years already.
Candidate Jeffrey T. Majka and Candidate Derrick V. Lewis II were both scout snipers before attending OCS.
Lewis is the Gung Ho Award recipient. The award is given to the candidate whose peers thought showed the most motivation during training. He has been in the Corps for seven years and has gone on four deployments. As a sniper, he got to combine his love of math and the Marines.
“There’s something about the science and art behind warfare that amazes me,” Lewis said. “The science is the concrete abilities, your weapons systems. The art is how you take the concrete things and turn them into something beautiful.”
After graduation Lewis will start at San Diego State University to get a degree in mathematics and secondary education. He hopes to become an infantry officer because he wants to be as influential to Marines as his officers were on him.
“I want to be as inspirational as my officers were and install that drive and love of the Corps in the Marines of tomorrow,” Lewis said.
Candidate Majka is the MCA&F Honor Grad Award and Phil Yeckel Award recipient, which is sponsored by the Yeckel family. Both awards are given to the candidate with the highest overall average. Majka’s average was 96 percent.
Majka hopes to break down the barrier that is between the officers and enlisted personnel.
“There is a weird aura around the relationships between officers and enlisted, but I want to be able to relate to my Marines,” Majka said.
Majka will be attending Arizona State University and will be getting a degree in geography and secondary education.
OCS is the first step candidates take on their path to becoming officers. The graduating candidates will continue working on their college degrees before they receive their commission and return to Quantico to attend The Basic School.
The awards were provided through MCA&F’s Marine Excellence Awards Program, which provides Marines with the incentive to perfom well in their professional military education and career. Last year, MCA&F distributed about 11,000 awards in recognition of superior achievement.
Congratulations to Sgt Donald Liu, recipient of the Instructor of the Cycle Award; HM Thomas J. Bently, recipient of the Corpsman of the Cycle Award; LCpl Kathryn K. Bynum, recipient of the Eagle Award; and Sgt Joel Ramirez, recipient of the PTI of the Cycle Award.
Seven Marines were presented with awards supported by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation at the Officer Candidate School graduation ceremony on August 9, 2013, at Marine Corps Base Quantico. - See more at: http://www.mca-marines.org/news/ocs-charlie-company-candidates-and-marines-honored-graduation#sthash.4McY1S4h.dpuf
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