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    Waiakea High School graduate, U.S. Marine promoted to corporal in Afghanistan

    Waiakea High School Graduate, U.S. Marine Promoted to Corporal in Afghanistan

    Photo By Master Sgt. William Price | Cpl. Jonathon Ellazar, a radio operator with Headquarters Detachment, 1st Marine...... read more read more

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN

    06.02.2010

    Story by Gunnery Sgt. William Price 

    1st Marine Division

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Cpl. Jonathon Ellazar, a radio operator with Headquarters Detachment, 1st Marine Division (Forward), has his current rank pinned on during a promotion ceremony here, June 1.

    "For me to be promoted to the [non-commissioned officer] ranks at Camp Leatherneck is an outstanding, hard- earned feeling of accomplishment. I volunteered for this deployment, and to be promoted in a combat zone is something only a few can experience," said Ellazar, a 20-year-old native of Hilo, H.I., and 2007 graduate of Waiakea High School

    As a deployed radio operator, Ellazar's job contributes to the overall mission by providing communication to all forward deployed units, and assists training for the Afghan National Army.

    Ellazar, who graduated boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in February, 2009, offered this advice to anyone wanting to become one of the few, the proud: "Stay motivated and strive to improve yourself. Challenge yourself to improve not only physically, but to keep learning new skills and knowledge pertaining to their Marine Corps career."

    Ellazar is scheduled to return to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in January of 2011.

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    Date Taken: 06.02.2010
    Date Posted: 06.02.2010 10:36
    Story ID: 50711
    Location: CAMP LEATHERNECK, AF 

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