The iconic Marine Corps drill instructor is often heralded as representative of the Corps' top 10 percent, and every year, of the over 1,000 drill instructors in the Marine Corps, one is recognized as the top DI in the Corps. This year, that drill instructor comes from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. When you first meet the 2016 drill instructor of the year, Gunnery Sgt. Vitali Kholodov, you will likely never think he's a drill instructor. You won't be over powered by his bravado, nor will you feel miniscule next to his brawn. Instead, you'll likely first notice the intensity in his eyes, and after chatting with him, his humility and quiet confidence will win you over.
Taken: 02.13.2017 | Video by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren