Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Class 31 will graduate 25 recruits Monday night at the Bossier Sheriff’s Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.
The guest speaker was be Lt. Col. Dave Hadden, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Parkway High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 and was commissioned through Officers Training School in 1989. He served as a Nuclear Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Officer, the top maintenance officer for the largest munitions squadron in the Air Force, Munitions Squadron Commander and others.
The graduating recruits completed a two-week-long indoctrination and training schedule, including leadership skills, physical training, teamwork, discipline and confidence building skills. The program also instills the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment and promotes a healthy drug-free lifestyle.
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 in 2002.
The Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and is commanded by Instructor Lavaro Ramey, a retired first sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps.
To find out more about the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program, call 318-965-3500, go to www.bossiersheriff.com or visit the substation at 2510 Viking Dr. in Bossier City.