Young Marine Gunnery Sgt. Danyel Tobias, right, stands with state Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, on Nov. 15 after being presented an award for Young Marine of the Year for the First Regiment of Georgia (Submitted photo)
ALBANY — While giving back to their community, the Young Marines of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany are on a daily basis showing leadership and dedication by helping to address pressing needs outside the base’s fenceline.
For this, they were recently given recognition. State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, presented each Young Marine with a President’s Volunteer Service Award during a ceremony at the Base Theater recently as their families looked on.
“These are duties that the Young Marines do not unwillingly agree to take, but rather take hold of gratefully, strong in the awareness that there is nothing so substantial to the soul than giving their all to a challenging mission,” said Charlene Surrency, media advisor for the Young Marines, in a news release. “Their volunteer service exhibits the kind of commitment they have to their community and shows combined efforts to make a real and lasting change so that each person can have an opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.”
After the ceremony, Young Marine Gunnery Sgt. Danyel M. Tobias traveled to Warren Robins where she was presented an award for Young Marine of the Year for the First Regiment of Georgia.
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school, who are in good standing at their school. The program promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. It focuses on character building, leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines’ beginnings in 1958 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to approximately 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Japan with affiliates in a host of other countries, the organization says.