News: Lufkin native becomes a meritorious noncommissioned officer in the Marine Corps
Story by Cpl. Jeremy Ware
WASHINGTON - A native of Lufkin was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal in the United Stated Marine Corps Sept. 6.
Cpl. Michael Wiggleton, 21, enlisted in the Marine Corps September 2010, and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. He has served as a water support technician at Marine Barracks Washington since May 2011.
The rank of corporal is the first noncommissioned officer rank in the Corps, and is an important position of leadership. NCOs obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks.
Wiggleton earned his promotion through a promotion board, when he and five other Marines were tested on their knowledge, appearance and military bearing. Wiggleton was chosen as the most worthy Marine from that board.
“It’s a great honor to meritoriously earn the title of NCO, and it comes with high responsibility,” Wiggleton said. “By beating out five other Marines on a board to earn this promotion, I know I’ve made Lufkin proud.”
While stationed at the Barracks, Wiggleton is responsible for maintaining the day-to-day functioning of the facilties.
“If something breaks, I fix it,” explained the Central High School-graduate. “The Barracks wouldn’t run without me.”
His awards include a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Medal. He is also qualified as a two-time expert with his M16 A4 service rifle.
Wiggleton is unsure if he will head home or re-enlist when his current enlistment ends in two years.
Barracks Marines support ceremonial and security missions in the nation’s Capitol. Each year, the Marines support more than 30 parades and hundreds of ceremonies and functions to include funerals and sporting events across the country and globe while maintaining proficiency in their respective military occupations and meeting their annual Marine Corps training requirements.