Unit Staff

Joseph Couture

Unit Commander

Mr. Couture lives in Dayville, CT where he lives with his wife Deborah. Mr. Couture has been employeed at Suez - North America (formally United Water Enviromental) for over 23 years.

Mr. Couture joined the unit over 8 years ago strictly by chance. He was spotted at a gathering wearing a Marine Corps shirt and he was asked to speak with the unit and from there, as they say, the rest is history.

Mr. Couture first came to the unit as the Training Officer where he trained the Young Marines and recruits for 6 years. Mr. Couture was elected as the Unit Commander in 2012. He also serves as the unit's Public Relations Officer where he enjoys speaking about not only the unit, but about the whole Young Marine program.

Mr. Couture was appointed as the 1st Young Marine Division's, Assistant Division Commander in January 2014.

UC Couture spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp LeJeune NC, Okinawa Japan, Po Hang Korea and was Honorably Discharged in 1983.

Mr. Couture loves spending time with his grandchilden and he is an avid motorcycle rider. 

Jeffrey Edwards

Executive Officer 

Mr. Edwards lives in Hampton CT with his wife Sharlene who is also a registered staff member. He has worked for Tennett Tree Service for over 30 years.

Mr. Edwards joined the program back in 2002 when his son became a Young Marine with Plainfield unit. In need of male staff, Mr. Edwards made the decision to shave his beard, which he had not done since 1987 and became a registered adult staff member.

When the Plainfield unit closed down in 2005 and having seen the positive impact the program had on the kids, Mr. Edwards along with 3 others set out to open a new unit. Without being military, Mr. Edwards and his staff were required to work under an established unit before being allowed to apply for their own charter. In August 2007 Natchaug River Young Marines received their official charter and had 45 Young Marines on the drill deck. Mr. Edwards has also held the position of Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion Commander.

In 2012, although remaining a registered staff member, Mr. Edwards “retired” from being a full time member. Having a love of the program he returned to full time status in 2014 and took on the position of the Senior Training Officer and was recently elected as the units Executive Officer. In 2014 he was also elected as the Battalion Commander for 1st Battalion and in 2016 was re-elected to that position.

In his off time Mr. Edwards enjoys bird watching and is an avid hunter.

MISSION The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. MOTTO Strengthening the lives of America's youth
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