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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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017

YM SgtMaj Anna SaucedoYouth member of the Young Marines, YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo, 16, was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Young Marines’ National Leadership Academy held in early July at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton, Oregon.

YM SgtMaj Saucedo trained for two weeks to become a better leader alongside more than 250 other Young Marines from across the country. After physical and written tests, obstacle courses, leadership classes and close order drill, she was selected as the top Young Marine at the Advanced Leadership School.

In addition, she earned the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, a perfect 500. Saucedo won the Iron Molly at all three schools in three consecutive years – Junior Leadership School, Senior Leadership School and Advanced Leadership School.

She also won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by the Young Marines Alumni Association at the Advanced Leadership School.

A national youth organization, the Young Marines is a leadership program for boys and girls age eight through high school graduation. The program emphasizes the core values of teamwork, leadership, and discipline. It focuses on American history, physical fitness, public speaking, citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo wins Inspire AwardYM SgtMaj Saucedo is a member of the Temecula Valley Young Marines under the command of Gary Reed, located in Temecula, California. Saucedo will be a senior at Temecula Valley High School.

A shining star of the program, Saucedo can add the recent honors to her growing list of awards. Named Division Young Marine of the Year last January, she was the Honor Graduate of her recruit class. She completed nine perfect physical fitness tests, earning the personal achievement ribbon.

Her proficiency in American Sign Language earned a communications ribbon, and other ribbons that mean a great deal to Saucedo are for veteran’s appreciation and community service.

Saucedo joined the Young Marines at age 12 and currently, she is in her fifth year in the program.

"I wanted to stay healthy, fit and be outdoors," she said. "I wanted to learn to be part of a team, and I was in search of community involvement. The Young Marines offered everything I was looking for and so much more. The organization has taught me that with discipline and commitment, I can overcome any challenge or obstacle I encounter. And I have experienced camaraderie unlike that of any other program."

After she completes high school, she plans to earn a degree in the mathematics field at a military service academy or a four-year university with an NROTC program. Saucedo aspires to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps or Navy.

"The Young Marines has given me the discipline necessary to set and reach any goals I set," she said. "I am now proud to say I know how to be a leader and more important, how to be a team member. After meeting the Navajo Code Talkers, Pearl Harbor survivors and countless other retired and active service members, I have developed a profound sense of patriotism and gratitude."

Saucedo is the daughter of Angela and Abel Saucedo, who are both supportive of their daughter's choices and involvement. She has three brothers and one sister.

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.

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