News: Port Jervis-native gets promoted to Sergeant in the Marine Corps
WASHINGTON - A native of Port Jervis, N.Y. was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Marine Corps Jan. 3.
Sgt. Anthony Valentia, III. , 24, attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in 2008. He has served as a motor transport operator in D.C. for nine months.
The rank of sergeant is the second 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.
“As long as you can follow directions, you’re good,” said Valentia, who has earned a Combat Action Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals as well as several other awards.
Valentia said he loves being in the Corps, and appreciates the simple plan of success. The sergeant said he plans on staying in the Corps and eventually become a recruiter.
He said he plans on becoming a U.S. Marshall if he leaves the Corps.
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.