We come from an island. A motivated island. They call that island Parris Island. – Marine Corps Cadence
Christopher’s platoon, the Music City Young Marines, came back Friday evening on 20July2012. They came back motivated, hard core, and changed. The change was especially noticeable in Christopher. He walks with more pride than he ever has and is now convinced that he wants an MOS of 5812, Working Dog Handler. Parris Island has made up his mind.
The “kids” had a blast. I use quotes because they did things most people never experience and came out the better for it. They experienced the gas chamber (the chamber was filled with residue from a recruit platoon the day before), run the Obstacle Course, were able to “fire” at the ISMT (Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer), rappelled from a 55ft tower, performed stations at the Crucible, performed Close Order Drill under the guidance of their Drill Instructor, SGT Patton Butler, and of course did lots and lots of PT (physical training). Like I said, they had a blast.
It wasn’t all work though. They went bowling, visited the Marine Corps Museum and the rifle range to see recruits qualify, and were able to watch Kilo Company 1st Battalion graduate.
It was an experience that Christopher, and everyone in his platoon that I’ve spoken to, cannot wait to do again.
I’d like to give proper credit and thanks to Mr. Anthony Westbrooks and his wife Barbara Westbrooks for giving me advanced access to the photos in this post. Without them, this entry would not be up today. And a special thank you to Mr. Westbrooks for commanding the best unit in the Young Marines.
I’d also like to say thank you to Drill Instructor SGT Patton Butler for visiting my blog when they first arrived. Mr. Westbrooks relayed to me that he was impressed with my posts about the Music City Young Marines and Christopher. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that he found my graduation post humorous and enlightening. Thank you, Drill Instructor for what you did for Christopher and his platoon that week. Christopher really was inpired by you.