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Young Marines Participate in 76th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
 
One hundred fifty youth members of the Young Marines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.
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Jeremy Jones Named Director of Operations for the Young Marines
Thursday, November 16, 2017
 
The Young Marines hired Jeremy Jones as its new director of operations. Jones is responsible for assisting Bill Davis and all deputy directors with implementation, review and monitoring key planning documents.
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Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships by the American Veterans Center
Monday, October 9, 2017
 
Young Marines SSgt LaFrance Daniels III and Young Marines GySgt Shamila Forbes were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Miami Valley Young Marines Wins Fulcrum Shield From Department of Defense for Anti-Drug Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017
 
The Department of Defense selected the Miami Valley Young Marines from Huber Heights, Ohio, as this year’s winner of the Fulcrum Shield. The award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at
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Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
 
More than 120 Young Marines traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as communication specialists and developed an unbr
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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017
 
YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Advanced Leadership School. She also received the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, and won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by
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Unrivaled Cheerleaders: Young Marines at the Warrior Games
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
 
The most enthusiastic and loudest cheerleaders were registered adults and youth members of the Young Marines from the Chicago’s Own and Fox Valley units as they supported wounded Marine athletes.
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Young Marines’ Robert Borka Named Chief Operating Officer of the Marine Corps League
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
 
Robert Borka, former director of operations of the Young Marines, is embarking on a new position as the chief operating officer of the Marine Corps League.
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Young Marines Announces Partnership with Scholastic Action Shooting Program
Monday, June 26, 2017
 
The Young Marines has formed a partnership with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program to help promote competitive pistol shooting within the organization.
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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
 
Marie Smith was named the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference. Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines.
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Sheryl Murray Named to the Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Monday, May 22, 2017
 
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines welcome a new board member - Sheryl Murray, who brings executive level leadership and management experience gained during her more than 40 years of service to Corps and country.
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Ribbon Cutting at New Headquarters of the Young Marines
Friday, May 19, 2017
 
Ribbon cutting and open house for the new headquarters of the Young Marines in Dumfries, VA. The ribbon was cut by William L. Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines; William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the
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East Valley Young Marines named 'National Unit of the Year'
Monday, May 15, 2017
 
East Valley Young Marines has been named Young Marines "National Unit of the Year". Teh unit also received the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Division Award from the DEA and the Fulcrum Shield Award from the United States Department of Defense.
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
 
The Young Marines announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, of Colorado Springs. As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will b
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The DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to Six Young Marines Units
Thursday, May 4, 2017
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Young Marines Relocates its Headquarters
Friday, March 10, 2017
 
The headquarters of the Young Marines moved to Dumfries, Virginia, on Friday, March 10. The new location is just minutes from Marine Corps Base Quantico and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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Young Marines Names Six Winners of Division Young Marine of the Year
Monday, February 27, 2017
 
The Young Marines has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the Division Young Marine of the Year. The winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima in March.
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Young Marines say 'Farewell' to Lt. General Larry Snowden
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
 
Many Young Marines who have participated in the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima, are remembering Lt. General Lawrence Snowden, USMC (Retired). Gen Snowden, 95, died Saturday, February 18, in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
 

Marie Smith, 2017 Adult Volunteer of the YearThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Marie Smith the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference on May 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An Oceanside, California, resident, Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines. The unit has 46 active youth members and 15 registered adult volunteers. It meets at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California.

“When I look around at my peers and all their amazing contributions to the Young Marines, I am humbled to have been selected as the National Adult Volunteer of the Year,” Smith said. “I applaud all adult volunteers who give their time, energy and resources to lead and shape the lives of our youth.”

Smith became an adult volunteer in 2012. However, she has been around the program for more than two decades, because her two older children were Young Marines. Her youngest son joined as soon as he was eligible.

“I love that the Young Marines gives me the opportunity to experience amazing things with my son,” she said. “When most teenagers are pulling away from their parents, we have a commonality, something to share and experience together.”

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. No military participation – past or present - is required. There are nearly 3,000 active and registered adult volunteers with The Young Marines.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one is named the official “National Adult Volunteer of the Year.”

Other division winners are:

  • Division 1 – Joe Couture, Natchaug River Young Marines, Danielson, Connecticut
  • Division 2 – Jerry Kepich, Southern Maryland Young Marines, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
  • Division 3 – Sylvia Barber, South Florida Young Marines, Davie, Florida
  • Division 4 – Amy Mathews, Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office Young Marines, Kenner, Louisiana
  • Division 5 – Tracey Gurley, Hendricks County Young Marines, Pittsboro, Indiana

“Anyone who is looking for an extracurricular activity for their kids won't find a better one than the Young Marines,” Smith said. “The youth members gain the knowledge and the confidence to go into the schools and communities to teach the benefits of drug demand reduction, demonstrate respect for the flag and be productive and proactive members of society.”

“Marie’s passion and determination really stand out in all that she has done for her unit along with her support to regional and national program events." said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "She is a wonderful mentor and teacher, reflecting all the best traits of our phenomenal Adult Volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year on behalf of our Young Marines.”

"You see these 8 to 18-year-old kids with fears and perceived limitations and watch them transform,” Smith said. “I'm able to share in those accomplishments. They are my kids. We're family. I am so proud of all of them."

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 275 units with 9,200 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

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