Corporal Tabitha Bartley reaffirms her oath to the country during her 2013 reenlistment ceremony. Bartley, a Lafayette, Ind., native choose the Chesty Puller monument located at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va., for Puller's importance to the corps. (Photo Courtesy of Tabitha Bartley)
The Rucking Raiders were joined by Marine Corps Recruiting Station Columbia during their Marine Raider March on a portion of the 900 mile ruck on July 21, 2018, as they passed through Columbia, S.C. Marines and future Marines from RS Columbia joined the ruckers for 8 miles of their journey, to honor service members who lost their lives in a aircraft crash a year ago. To support the march, follow the Marine Raider Memorial March on Facebook and visit their website at http://www.ruckingraiders.com. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tabitha Bartley)
Gunnery Sergeant Matthew R. Phagan, the Music Technical Assistant with 6th Marine Corps District, speaks to attendees of the Drum Corps International at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina, July 07, 2018. The Drum Corps International creates a stage for the Marine Corps to engage in education, competition, and the promotion of individual growth. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby)
Private First Class Ryan A. Harder graduated Marine Corps recruit training June 29, 2018, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Harder was the Honor Graduate of platoon 2048. Harder was recruited by SSgt. Ray C. Littles from Recruiting Substation North Charleston. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby)
Major Jason G. Ellis, Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Columbia, speaks to attendants of the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2018. The Marines took part in the battles won challenge trailer at the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race to spread awareness of the opportunities that the Marine Corps can provide. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby)
Gunnery Sergeant Bryan Davis, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Recruiting Substation Charlotte, observes an attendant of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Education Day participating in ammo-can lifts at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 28, 2018. The Marines took part in the Education Day at the CIAA to spread awareness and inform others of the opportunities the Marine Corps can provide. The Education Day assists recruiters by offering them different tools to reach students across the state. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby)
6th Marine Corps District MEOP - The Musician Enlistment Option Program gives young men and women the opportunity to fight and win our Nation’s battles while pursuing their passion for music. While this program serves as a great opportunity, finding the few who are qualified and up to the challenge can be a challenge all in itself. This is because the individual must be not only a skilled musician but first and foremost a Marine.
Capt. Gravelle attends his son's graduation - Improvise, adapt and overcome--a saying that many Marines live by. Serving in the Marine Corps is a difficult but rewarding journey, one that is experienced by both the Marines and their family members. Capt. Darryl Gravelle, recruiting station Charlotte’s operations officer, and his family have grown accustomed to the military lifestyle, for he and his family have a long history of military service. Service that sees no end in the near future.
As high schoolers, both lost their fathers due to heart attacks. Huggan became a father figure for Stanley, who eventually joined the Marine Corps and is now undergoing initial former training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to become a motor transportation operator. - Staff Sgt. Vincent Huggan joins Rosemary Morris in cheering on her son, Stanley, during a wrestling tournament in the Tampa Bay area during the 2019-2020 school year. Huggan, a canvassing recruiter with Recruiting Substation St. Petersburg, Florida, bonded with Stanley, a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, Palm Harbor, Florida, through shared tragedy. As high schoolers, both lost their fathers due to heart attacks. Huggan became a father figure for Stanley, who eventually joined the Marine Corps and is now undergoing initial former training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to become a motor transportation operator.