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By Cpl Jack A. E. Rigsby | 6th Marine Corps District | August 30, 2019


MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – A native of Cordele, Georgia, graduated from Marine Corps recruit training here as platoon honor graduate of Platoon 1069, Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, August 30, 2019.

Pfc. Mark T. MarquezBurke earned this distinction over 13 weeks of training by outperforming 69 other recruits during a series of training events designed to test recruits’ basic Marine Corps skills.

These training events covered customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, physical fitness, military history, and a variety of other subjects.

“My favorite part of recruit training is the passion that all of the drill instructors have for their jobs,” said MarquezBurke.

After enjoying the 10 days of leave allotted to graduates of recruit training, Thomas will continue to build foundational Marine Corps skills at the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina.