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    1st MLG Command Retention Reenlistment and Signing Day



    Story by Gunnery Sgt. Michele Hunt 

    1st Marine Logistics Group

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sixteen Marines stood united in reaffirming their Oath of Enlistment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 30, 2021. The group, made up of Marines from across the 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in a Command Retention Reenlistment and Signing Day Ceremony in front of family and friends, furthering their careers and service to the nation.
    Brig. Gen. Phillip N. Frietze, Commanding General of 1st MLG, shook the hands of each Marine to congratulate them for their successful contributions to the Corps for the last few years, and thank them for their continued willingness to lead fellow Marines and Sailors, and for their impact to the coming years.
    “What we are doing is planting a seed,” said Frietze. “These are the trees that I want to see and I am so proud of you.”
    As part of the reenlistment ceremony, the Commanding General and Marines officially signed their contracts, volunteering another four or five years to the service. Their job fields were diverse but their desire to continue serving in the Corps was akin.
    “I reenlisted to continue my career as a Marine and to leave a legacy behind me,” said Cpl. Alondra Lara, a warehouse clerk with 1st Supply Battalion, 1st MLG.
    For some, the decision to stay in was a no-brainer.
    “I love what I do and the Marines that I serve with,” said Cpl. Ezra Banlaoi, a logistics and embarkation specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st MLG.
    The signing day was part of a larger campaign for retention in the Marine Corps. The Fiscal Year 22 Command Retention Mission delegates authority to reenlist a specified number of Marines at the lower level. The intent is to provide commanders the opportunity to immediately reenlist highly qualified Marines.
    The purpose of this larger ceremony is to show Marines the importance of retention for the most talented people the Marine Corps has. Spouses of the reenlisting Marines also received recognition for their unfailing support and understanding. They each received a certificate thanking them for their unselfish, faithful and dedicated service.
    “Your reenlistment reflects uncommon devotion and loyalty to your country and to the Corps,” said Frietze. “It is this special kind of commitment that makes the Corps unique and respected throughout the world. The Corps is proud to have you in its ranks.”
    The Retention Mission is an ongoing objective and 1st MLG still has spaces and incentives available for many military occupational specialties. For more information on opportunities available for first term Marines, contact your unit’s Career Planner.



    Date Taken: 07.30.2021
    Date Posted: 08.04.2021 10:27
    Story ID: 402171
    Location: CA, US

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