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    MCRC recognizes top performing Marines in recruiting

    MCRC recognizes top performing Marines in recruiting

    Photo By Cpl. Michael McHale | WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sgt. Maj. Mike Lanpolsaen and Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy pose with...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Courtney White 

    Marine Corps Recruiting Command       

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia – Four Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for their outstanding contributions to the Marine Corps and its recruiting efforts as part of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Combined Awards Program 2018 in Washington, April 10.

    The CMC Combined Awards Program recognizes top performing Marines from across the Marine Corps serving in special duty assignments and other 'B-billets', including recruiters, drill instructors, career planners and athletes.

    Within MCRC specifically, the categories of recognition are Recruiter of the Year, Recruiting Sub-Station (RSS) Staff Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (SNCOIC), Prior Service Recruiter (PSR) of the Year and PSR RSS SNCOIC of the Year.

    “Any Marine who is awarded staff non-commissioned officer in charge of the year is one who has not only embraced the tenants of systematic recruiting, but one who possess leadership in every facet of the word,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael S. Bragin, the career recruiter monitor for MCRC. “He/she is someone who has accepted the challenge of leading Marines to make all assigned missions, doing so with quality, and doing all of this on the hardest peace time duty the Marine Corps has to offer.”

    Additionally, according to Bragin, for the recruiter of the year, a Marine has to embrace systematic recruiting and maximize every part of it.

    “Their days are filled with hours of prospecting, selling the Marine Corps story, and building relationships with their community,” said Bragin. “They’re the ‘mayor of their town.’”

    Awardees included Gunnery Sgt. Donald Jackson, Jr., Recruiting Station Frederick, 4th Marine Corps District, selected as Recruiter of the Year; Gunnery Sgt. Miguel A. Sifuentesgarcia, Recruiting Station San Antonio, 8th Marine Corps District, selected as RSS SNCOIC of the Year; Gunnery Sgt. John L. Johnson, PSR Station Philadelphia, PSR S-1, Recruiting Station 1st Marine Corps District, selected as Prior Service Recruiter of the Year; Gunnery Sgt. Andrew J. Lynch, PSR Sub-Station Philadelphia, 1st Marine Corps District, selected as Prior Service Recruiting SNCOIC of the Year.

    According to Bragin, recognitions of superior performance are earned with long hours and a true family support system.

    “I am very humbled to be selected,” said Johnson, a native of Decatur, Texas. “It was a group effort and the Marines in my sub-station work together as a team to succeed. When you accomplish the mission you take care of Marines. It’s not about the raw numbers you put in, it’s the people behind each number and the impact you make on their lives.”

    Due to the government shutdown in February, the Marines were unable to attend the CMC award ceremony, however, Marine Corps Recruiting Command wanted to ensure that the Marines were recognized for their hard work and dedication.

    On April 10, Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, commanding officer of MCRC, invited the Marines and their families to Washington to be recognized. While in town, the Marines toured the Commandant of the Marine Corps' House, walked the National Mall and attended a Washington Nationals game and batting practice in addition to their awards presentation.

    “Think about the significance of the four MCRC Marines who won the Commandant's award,” said Col. William C. Gray, G-3 operations officer for MCRC. “To start with, they are among approximately 3,900 Marines tasked with the hardest job in the Marine Corps outside of combat.”

    According to Gray, recruiting duty is very demanding and the 3,900 Marines who are selected for recruiting duty are among the best the Marine Corps has to offer.

    “From that number, these four individuals rose to the top,” said Gray. “Not only are they the very best in MCRC, they are the best in the Marine Corps … and they pick individuals just like themselves to join our ranks and fight for our Nation. These Marines have gone above and beyond to distinguish themselves and have made a lasting impact in the Marine Corps.”



    Date Taken: 04.10.2018
    Date Posted: 04.11.2018 09:58
    Story ID: 272605
    Location: QUANTICO, VA, US 
    Hometown: DECATUR, TX, US

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