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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
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Gunnery Sgt. Jason Hunt, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort shooting team coach, looks through a spotting scope for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Harrington, a MCAS Beaufort shooting team member, Nov. 24, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Spotting scopes provide a closer look at the target so coaches can better help their shooters. Parris Island’s annual rifle and pistol tournament is held to foster competitiveness and enhance combat readiness. Hunt, 36, is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Harrington, 32, is from Cobleskill, N.Y. (Photo by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert)
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Sgt. Maj. Angela Maness accepts a noncommissioned officer sword from Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region Parris Island, during a relief and appointment ceremony Nov. 21, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The passing of the sword symbolizes the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from the outgoing senior-enlisted advisor to the incoming. Maness replaced Sgt. Maj. Chet Houston as Williams’ senior enlisted advisor. She came to the depot from Marine Barracks 8th & I, and Houston will assume the post of sergeant major for the Recruit Training Regiment here. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Allison Lotz)
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Energy saving technologies implemented across the base helped Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island earn the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Conservation Award Oct. 21, 2014, including a $45,000 prize. These technologies include an automatic control system for air conditioning and heating, solar heating panel for hot water and LED street lights. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
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Lt. Col. Kate Germano was born in El Paso, Texas. The daughter of an Army officer, the family moved several times before settling in Aberdeen, Maryland, where she graduated from high school in 1991. Following high school, she attended Goucher College, graduating in 1996 as a history major with a pre-law emphasis. Directly after college, she attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., and was commissioned Aug. 16, 1996. She proceeded directly to The Basic School and completed the course in February 1997.

Following The Basic School, Germano completed the Adjutant’s Course at Camp Lejeune in March 1997. She then proceeded to her first duty station where she assumed the duties of legal officer and adjutant for Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., in May 1997.

In January 1999, Germano transferred to the Marine Corps Communication and Electronics School where she served as the adjutant, legal officer, and security officer for the largest military occupational specialty school in the Marine Corps. Approximately one year later, she was selected to become one of the first female operations officers at a recruiting station in the nation.

After serving for a year and a half as the operations officer for Recruiting Station Orange, Germano became the executive officer for the command, serving in this capacity until her transfer in June 2003. She then moved back to Quantico in order to complete Expeditionary Warfare School. Upon graduating in May 2004, she transferred to Okinawa, Japan, where she joined the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Iraq for duty as the adjutant.

In addition to her combat tour, during her tenure with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Germano participated in myriad deployments and exercises in the Pacific theater of operations. She also served as the executive officer of troops for the USS Essex and was selected to be the officer in charge for the command element.

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Rear Adm. Mark Tidd,left, head of the Chaplain Corps, stands with Navy Capt. Bryan Weaver, year’s John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award on July 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The annual award is peer nominated and named after Chaplain John H. Craven for his selfless dedication to providing support for Marines and sailors through some of the worst battles of World War II and Korea. Weaver is from Roaring Spring, Pa.  (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)
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Weapons experts demonstrate how M2-Flamethrowers were once used to destroy Japanese bunkers June 7, 2014, during World War II Weekend in Reading, Pa. Flamethrowers like these were once used throughout the Pacific Theater of the war to destroy Japanese bunkers and were banned from U.S. military use in 1978. The weekend transported visitors back in time as they were surrounded by thousands of re-enactors in period-style uniforms representing various nations. The weekend also featured period entertainment, weapons demonstrations, mock battles and an air show. (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)
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The old Marine exchange building is scheduled for demolition in May 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The building was built in 1969 and was shut down after the completion of the current Marine Corps Exchange in 2008. In recent years, the building was used as temporary office space. Parris Island’s intent is to eventually transform the site, through a separately funded project, into a park that can be used by visitors and families who travel to here for graduations. (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)
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After 48 years, Sgt. James A. Reeves was surprised when his buddies from boot camp arranged for him to be formally presented with the Silver Star during the morning colors ceremony April 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C.
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Staff Sgt. Brian Sixto, a drill instructor for Platoon 3034, encourages Rct. Edgar Barua-Gomez, Platoon 3034, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to respond to orders March 12, 2014, during an incentive training session on Parris Island, S.C. Discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, is a key trait drill instructors like Sixto, 28, from Hobson, Texas, must instill in recruits. Barua-Gomez, 23, from Kensington, Md., is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Midge Scott, the SARC for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and the Eastern Recruiting Region, was named the Corps’ 2014 exceptional coordinator on March 4, 2014. Scott, a 39-year-old native of Vidalia, Ga., showed superior devotion and compassion to the victims of a crime plaguing American society and the military. During her time here, Scott has created training for both recruits and Marines to educate them on sexual assault and how to help reduce it. Parris Island’s commanding general, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, nominated Scott for the award, writing, “Her passion, winning personality and exceptional managerial skills have won the year for sexual assault prevention and response.”  (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Karen Kelly discusses various methods for identifying and managing stress with spouses April 8, 2014, during a seminar on Parris Island, S.C. Kelly, the wife of Gen. John F. Kelly who leads U.S. Southern Command, and whose son was killed in action in November 2010, discussed various methods for coping with stress, as well as provided information on other resources provided by the military. (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Karen Kelly discusses various methods for identifying and managing stress with spouses during a seminar April 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Kelly, the wife of Gen. John F. Kelly who leads U.S. Southern Command, and whose son was killed in action in November 2010, discussed various methods for coping with stress, as well as provided information on other resources provided by the military. (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Family members embrace their new Marine of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, following the Family Day ceremony April 3, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines spent nearly three months training to earn their places in the Corps. Charlie Company graduated April 4, 2014. (Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis)
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Drill instructors with Platoon 3032, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait to unleash themselves on their recruits shortly after being introduced March 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the following 12 weeks of training. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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After being relieved of his post, Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck receives a Legion of Merit Feb. 21, 2014, following his relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major on Parris Island, S.C. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps, and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.
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Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck turns in his sword of office to Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2014, as part of a relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.
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