NCO of the Quarter
Sgt Amos

Sergeant Amos was born on 15 August 1992 in Kingston, Jamaica.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program in Fort Gillem, Georgia on 11 March 2010. Sergeant Amos attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in July 2010. Following recruit training he preceded to the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training where he graduated in the top five percent of his class. Upon completion he reported to Personnel Administration School at Camp Johnson, North Carolina graduating second in his class and obtaining his Military Occupational Specialty of 0111.  

In January 2011, Sergeant Amos reported to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California and was assigned within the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC).  In September 2012, he was promoted to Corporal and assumed the responsibilities of as the Noncommissioned Officer in 21 Area Remote section of the IPAC servicing over 1200 Marines and Sailors assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Command Element. 

In September 2012, Sergeant Amos earned the additional MOS 0916 Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and trained over 100 Marines and Sailors within the IPAC and external units in the various belt levels of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. 

In January 2014, Sergeant Amos reported to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and is currently serving as the S-1 Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. During this time, he participated in one deployment to the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Tindal Australia.

Sergeant Amos’ performance has been recognized with (1) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, (5) Certificates of Commendation (individual award), (4) Meritorious Mast, and (4) Letters of Appreciation.

Marine of the Quarter
LCpl Dihn

Lance Corporal Lily C. Dinh was born in Santa Rosa, California, and raised in Oakland, California. She graduated from high school as a scholar student athlete and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 30, 2013.

Lance Corporal Dinh reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina on October 28, 2013. She graduated in the top 5% of her series and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class (PFC) for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments. During her leave from boot camp, she helped recruit six people into the Marine Corps, which helped earn a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal. She was meritoriously promoted to her current rank on April 2, 2014.

Lance Corporal Dinh reported to Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School in Twentynine Palms, California for Air Support Net Operator’s Course to earn the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 7242. She graduated with honors and received orders to Marine Aviation Support Squadron 2 (MASS-2).

Lance Corporal Dinh reported for duty to MASS-2 on August 1, 2014. Within the first three months in the unit, she assumed the duties of Air Support Company Single Marines Program (SMP) Representative, Defense Travel System Clerk, and earned her Basic Instructor Qualification. She participated in Ryuku Warrior 14 in support of Marine Air Control Group 36 and has worked in several joint exercises with other countries in the region.

Senior Sailor of the Qtr
HM1 Vargas

HM1 Vargas was born in Colombia SA, 1979. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 22 February 1999. He completed Boot Camp at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in May 1999, after which he attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes graduating in August 1999.

Hospitalman Recruit Vargas was temporally assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Quantico, VA where he was assigned to the Laboratory and Military Medicine department.

Enroute to his first duty station, he attended Field Medical Service School at Camp Johnson NC earning the Fleet Marine Forces Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) in March 2000. Upon reporting to Naval Hospital Pensacola, he was assigned to Nursing Services, 4th floor as a general duty Hospital Corpsman, working in the Inpatient Ward and the Intensive Care Unit where he was promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class.  

Petty Officer 3rd Class Vargas was then transferred to 2nd Marine Division, 6th Marines in November 2002.  During his tour with 2nd Marine Division the unit deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in March 2003 and a deployment to Okinawa, Japan in September 2003.  During this period HM3 Vargas obtained his Fleet Marine Force (FMF) qualification for Ground Combat Element.

HM3 Vargas then transferred on March 2005 to Aerospace Medical Technician School where he earned the NEC 8406 and received orders to 2nd Marine Air Wing attached to Marine Wing Support Group (MWSS) 274.  During his time with MWSS 274 his unit deployed to Iraq in to support OIF in 2006 and 2008.  During the time he was attached to MWSS274 HM3 Vargas obtained his FMF Air Combat Element (ACE) qualification and was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class.

In October 2009, Petty Officer Second Class Vargas attended Junior Instructor and Aerospace Physiology Technician School obtaining the NEC’s 9502 and 8409, which led him to his next duty station at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) in Jacksonville, Fl.  During his time at ASTC Jacksonville HM2 Vargas completed his 8409 NEC internship, also promoted to Petty Officer First Class and within a short time he was given the opportunity of being the Leading Petty Officer for ASTC Jacksonville.  He obtained Master Training Specialist (MTS) qualification during this tour.

HM1 Vargas is currently serving as an Aeromedical Safety Corpsman for MAG-24 Hawaii. He married his wife Christy in 2000 and they have two children Rianna (20), and Eian (13).

HM1 Vargas Awards include: Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and various other operational / service awards.

Junior Sailor of the Qtr
HM2 Lee

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Taehyun Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea.  Later he and his family moved to Burke Virginia and he attended Lake Braddock Secondary School. After graduating Lake Braddock Secondary School in Virginia, he enlisted in the United States Navy and shipped out to Navy Recruit Train Center on 07 JUL 2010. After 9 weeks of training he graduated RTC on September of 2010 in Great Lakes, Illinois then he reported to Naval Hospital Corpsman School in Great Lakes and he graduated NHCH as a Hospital man Recruit.

After completing Naval Hospital Corpsman School, Hospitalman Recruit Lee reported to Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola Florida to attend Aerospace Medical Technician School. Upon completion of the course he received NEC 8406 and became Aerospace Medicine Technician. After the graduation, he reported to Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina for Pre School Instruction duty and went through On Job Training. After 2 weeks of On Job Training, now Hospital man Apprentice Lee reported to Field Medical Training Battalion in Jacksonville, North Carolina. From Field Medical Training Battalion, he received NEC 8404 and also became a Field Medical Technician.

Upon completing the training, Hospital man Apprentice Lee reported to 1st Marine Air Wing Marine Air Group 24 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii on July of 2011. Then later he was assigned to his current squadron HMH-463 “Pegasus” in September of 2011 as AVT Corpsman of the squadron. While he was with HMH-463 he qualified in Fleet Marine Force Specialist (ACE) and soon promoted to Hospital Corpsman 3rd class. After picking up 3rd Class, HM3 Lee was assigned as the Leading Petty Officer of the HMH-463. While he was the LPO of HMH-463, he was part of RIMPAC 2012 where he went underway with USS Essex. After the RIMPAC 2012, HM3 Lee was deployed to 31st MEU in Okinawa Japan where he was deployed with USS Bon Homme Richard and USS Denver. He was part of the Talisman Sabre 2013/ and the POTUS mission While he was deployed HM3 Lee, qualified in the Basic Damage Control. Advanced Damage Control, 3M, Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Air Warfare. After the successful deployment, he was once again sent out to the RIMPAC 2014 where he went underway with USS Peleliu. Later HM3 Lee was meritoriously promoted to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class. While he was stationed in MAG-24 he had various collaterals including, Watch Bill/Corpsman Coverage Coordinator, Immunization LPO, Limited Duty Coordinator, Tactical Combat Casualty Care/Combat Life Saver Instructor, Aircraft Mishap Team Member, Medical Embarkation Representative and Urinalysis Program Coordinator.

His awards include Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal.

Bluejacket of the Qtr 
HN Stevens

Hospitalman Stevens was born on 23 MAY 1993, in Albuquerque, NM. He comes from a Family of three children, him being the eldest. Valentino Stevens graduated from Amy Biehl High School 19 MAY 2011. Before joining the Navy he was an activist working with at risk youth where he was connecting teens with several different resources to help prevent suicide and drug addiction.

HN Stevens graduated Recruit Training Command on 01 JUN 2012 and reported to Naval Hospital Corps School San Antonio, TX as a Hospitalman Recruit.  On 10 OCT 2013 he reported to Naval Aerospace Medical Institute where he graduated as an Aerospace Medical Technician.  He then reported to Field Medical Service School Camp Pendleton.

HN Stevens is currently on his 1st duty station with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan.  HN Stevens is an Active member of the Junior Enlisted Association, serving as the Secretary. He Has participated in an HSV exercise from Okinawa, Japan to Mainland, Japan. He also participated in WTI Yuma, AZ. Serving as medical support from SEP- Nov2013.

HN Stevens plans on continuing his education and getting his BA in Biology. Later applying for the Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences and becoming a Physician.