Captain Maxwell F. Bernstein (right), Weapons Company commander, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, shakes hands with Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Jay R. Vargas, after receiving Lieutenant Col. Joseph R. “Bull” Fisher Award for superior leadership and motivation as a commissioned officer during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 21, 2014. Vargas, who earned distinction while serving with 2nd Bn., 4th Marines in Vietnam, returned to his old battalion to congratulate the top performers. Bernstein, a 28-year-old native of Wilmette, Ill., and a 2004 graduate of Lake Forest Academy, led Marines during multinational exercises in Australia in 2013, including Exercise Talisman Sabre and Exercise Koolendong. As a first lieutenant, Bernstein served in a position usually filled by a higher-ranking major. His dedication helped the Marines succeed during an eight-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Bernstein is also a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V for valor, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / cleared for release)
|Date Posted:||02.25.2014 13:54|
|Location:||MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US|
|Hometown:||WILMETTE, IL, US|
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