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U.S. Marine Sgt. Sean Silverman presents Haden Blair an invitation to attend the 2017 Battles Won Academy at McMinn Central High School, Englewood, Tennessee, on May 19, 2017. The Battles Won Academy taps into the irreducible essence of the Marine Corps, which is the fighting spirit of the Marine. The essence of the Marines individually and collectively is the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat an opposing force – whether personal or on behalf of our nation and its communities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mandaline Hatch)

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Englewood native selected for Battles Won Academy

1 Jun 2017 | Sgt. Mandaline Hatch 6th Marine Corps District

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United States Marine Corps is pleased to announce that Haden Blair of McMinn Central High School in Englewood, Tennessee, was selected to participate in the 2017 Battles Won Academy, July 13-17, in Washington D.C. Haden was selected not only for his athletic performance in golf and basketball, but also for his outstanding character, academic excellence, and community leadership that reflects the Marine Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment. Haden and his mentor and father, Matt Blair, will be able to join other outstanding leaders in the District this summer.

The Battles Won Academy will bring together approximately 100 of the country’s top student-leaders for a week in the nation’s capital. The program provides Marines with several opportunities to purposefully engage the student leaders and share leadership lessons that will enhance their future success. 

The Battles Won Academy taps into the irreducible essence of the Marine Corps, which is the fighting spirit of the Marine. The essence of the Marines individually and collectively is the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat an opposing force – whether personal or on behalf of our nation and its communities.
For more information about the academy, contact Sgt. Mandaline Hatch at 615-975-8422 or mandaline.hatch@usmc.marines.

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