Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Class 31 graduated 25 recruits Monday evening at the Bossier Sheriff’s Substation on Viking Drive following two weeks of training over the Christmas holidays.
Lt. Col. Dave Hadden, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Parkway High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC, was the guest speaker. He encouraged the graduates to hold true to values of integrity, leadership and commitment in order to achieve success.
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mike Thornton of the Red River Detachment of the Marine Corps League presented the Floyd L. Baxter Leadership Award to Frederick Jones, Jr.
Six recruits were meritoriously promoted to the rank of private first class – Makarios Brown, Jr.; Ty Castro; Luke Castro; Camden Johnson; Frederick Jones, Jr.; and James Williams.
Ty Castro earned the honor graduate award, and Destiney Buckner earned the physical fitness award.
The graduates recited the Young Marines Obligation, a statement that sums up what it means to be a Young Marine – “From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow, and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis (Latin, Always Faithful!)”
Other graduates were Johnny Clay, Shane Craig, Jewel Dawson, Bryson Flores, Jimmy Jordan III, Dustin Mach, Jacob McClure, Marakulus McLaurin, Damon Meyer, Andrew Mink, Colin Nagel, Oshiae Norman, Meredith Pinkston, Malakai Polensky, George Reed, Indion’Tae Strong, Chance Thompson and Tyrell Yates-Robertson.
The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the United States Marine Corps. More than 1,100 young men and women have graduated from the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program since its inception here in 2002. The volunteer program is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and is commanded by Dep. Lavaro Ramey of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, a retired Marine Corps first sergeant.
To find out more about the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program, call 318-965-3500, go online at www.bossiersheriff.com or visit the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.