PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
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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Marine Corps League Celebrates 80 Years of Service and Support
Friday, August 4, 2017
 
The Young Marines congratulates the Marine Corps League on its 80th year milestone. Several members of the Marine Corps League founded the Young Marines in 1959, and they continue to support the organization across the country.
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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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Young Marines Honor Veterans at 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Thursday, December 8, 2016
 
More than 280 youth members of the Young Marines from 15 states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Jimmie Trimble Scholarships Winners
Monday, November 14, 2016
 
Two Young Marines are awarded the Jimmie Trimble Scholarship by the American Veterans Center. Besides a monetary prize, both scholarship winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima next spring for the Reunion of Honor.
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The Young Marines garners 8th Fulcrum Shield award from U.S. Dept. of Defense for anti-drug education
Thursday, October 13, 2016
 
The Young Marines garnered its eighth Fulcrum Shield award from the United States Department of Defense. Specifically recognized this year is the East Valley Young Marines of Mesa, Arizona.
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Young Marines Golf Tournament a Huge Success
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
 
The Young Marines hosted its annual golf tournament at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at MCB Quantico. A sold out event of 144 golfers joined celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines -'Gunny' R. Lee Ermey.
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Miami Valley Young Marines Wins Fulcrum Shield From Department of Defense for Anti-Drug Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017
 

Miami Valley Young Marines wins Fulcrum Shield AwardThe Department of Defense selected the Miami Valley Young Marines from Huber Heights, Ohio, as this year’s winner of the Fulcrum Shield. The award will be presented at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at a special ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Army Navy Drive and Fern Street, Arlington, Virginia.

The award is given annually by the Department of Defense and recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at spreading anti-drug messages in local communities.

The youth members of the Miami Valley Young Marines completed more than two thousand hours of total community service with more than 800 hours being trained in drug demand reduction and teaching drug demand reduction (DDR) to others in the community. The total number of people reached throughout the year: 343,623.

“When I received the news about the Fulcrum Shield, I was ecstatic,” said J. Keagan Miller, unit commander of the Miami Valley Young Marines. “I knew about the hard work that my Young Marines and staff put into making drug demand reduction for our community this past year, and it’s amazing to be recognized for our efforts.”

In 2014, the Young Marines unveiled "Closing the Gate on Drugs" on a national scale. It consists of lessons that help young people learn and practice new skills and strategies for resisting the gateway drugs. These "gateway drugs" include tobacco, alcohol, inhalant abuse, marijuana and over the counter or prescription medication.

"We are extremely proud of Miami Valley Young Marines for their remarkable efforts in educating the local community on the hazards of gateway drugs," said Col. William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "Their message reached thousands of adults and youth and made a real impact that extends beyond just our members. The engagement by the Young Marines and the interaction with so many community element and leaders really was fantastic.”

The Young Marines or one of its units has been awarded a Fulcrum Shield nine times.

"This is an amazing achievement for an organization," Davis said. "It also shows that a single unit such as Miami Valley can make a difference and can make an impact not only in their community, but in the national arena."

The Miami Valley Young Marines was founded in 1998 as the Dayton Young Marines. The name was changed in 2003 to encompass communities in all 13 counties in the Miami Valley area. The unit has 40 youth members and 10 registered adult leaders. Recent awards received by the Miami Valley Young Marines:

  • Distinguished Unit Citation (2005, 2015)
  • Marine Corps League Unit Commendation (2006, 2017)
  • Division Unit of the Year (2006)
  • Division Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award (2017)
  • Regimental Unit of the Year (2017)

“The drug issue in our community is far from over,” said Commander Miller. “We will continue to work with local leaders and law enforcement to strengthen our community, one youth at a time. 

“The Miami Valley Young Marines is the area’s premiere youth development and drug demand reduction organization.” 

The Department of Defense agrees.

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: https://www.YoungMarines.com.

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Media Contact: Andy Richardson
Ginny Richardson Public Relations
arichardson@gr-pr.com or 630-789-8899

 
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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