National Young Marine
of the Year 2017-2018


YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco,
Pikes Peak Young Marines, Colorado Spring, CO

“I believe it is our responsibility as youth in this nation to be the best that we can be to help strengthen the character of America’s youth and to live a healthy drug-free lifestyle. But we must take care of each other; in a world that can seem so daunting we must have each other’s backs.” 

Angel Orozco, National Young Marine of the Year

YM SgtMaj Orozco joined the Pikes Peak Young Marines in 2008 at the age of eight years-old. He recognizes that the program not only saves lives through its Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) efforts, but that the Young Marines is a home for many and place for friendships that grow to last a lifetime.

He implores other Young Marines to spread the DDR message by getting out in the community with red cords, by pocket classes and by readiness to deliver an elevator speech at a moment's notice. He stands at the ready to help all members stay positive, work hard, adapt and overcome, promote DDR, build character, serve others and strive to be the best that they can be.

Beyond the Young Marines Angel has participated in baseball, wrestling, football, the local community center, theater and band. He was named a Public Health Champion by the El Paso County Health Department for his work against the predatory advertising by tobacco companies.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder as a family in our efforts to make the world a better place,” Orozco said.

 


YM SgtMaj Angel Orozco
National Young Marine of the Year 2017-2018

Pikes Peak Young Marines, Colorado Spring, CO

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