Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black met with previous sergeants major of the Marine Corps (SMMC) at the Inaugural Retired SMMC Summit at The Clubs of Quantico, May 2-3, 2022.
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated annually during the first week of May to show gratitude and to honor teachers for the lasting contributions they make to the lives of students. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded congress to make it an official holiday, while it has transitioned to a week of observance, teachers are honored throughout the week and are given the extra credit they deserve.
National Volunteer Week is an annual appreciation week which recognizes and thanks volunteers who gave their time to support their local communities. National Volunteer Week has been in practice in the United States since 1974 and was adopted by Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) in 2014. MCBQ volunteers who document all their hours and meet certain requirements are eligible to earn a Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003, to recognize the important role volunteers play in showing America’s strength and national identity. The PVSA has four different award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Each level requires a certain number of volunteer hours and is broken down by age group.
Confident in every right, they walk through the door in their crisp uniforms, wearing the serious faces of seasoned Marines. A husband-and-wife duo, “power couple” as some may refer to, prepare to close one chapter and are eager to live the next. With a combined 45 years of service, Master Gunnery Sgt. Brad Walters, ground ordnance chief with The Basic School, and Gunnery Sgt. Alicia Walters, lead career planner with the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, credit their successful Marine Corps careers to teamwork, having each other’s backs, and striving towards the same goals.
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro joined newly commissioned Marine Corps officers with The Basic School’s Alpha Company for a mess night at Lopez Hall on Camp Barrett, April 27, 2022.
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