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U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, stand at parade rest after receiving awards during a morning colors and awards ceremony on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2019. The morning colors and awards ceremony is held quarterly to honor the colors, as well as recognize Marines and Sailors for their accomplishments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kensie S. Milner)

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Hoisting the Colors: 2d MarDiv Quarterly Awards

21 Mar 2019 | Cpl. Liah Smuin 2nd Marine Division

With flags flying high in the cool North Carolina breeze, Marines and Sailors participated in the morning colors ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., February. 26, 2019.
Servicemembers with 2nd Marine Division performed the quarterly ceremony at headquarters to celebrate the accomplishments of Marines and Sailors within the division over the previous quarter and the last year.
“I think it’s important that we frequently do these types of ceremonies to remind us of our nation and of excellence,” said Maj. Gen. David J. Furness, commanding general of 2d MarDiv. “Being a Marine or Sailor is all about excellence and these young men standing here before you represent that within the division.”
Recipients were recognized for awards such as Marine of the year, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter, and Blue Jacket of the year.
“These are some of the best of the best Marines, NCOs, and Sailors that we have in the division,” said Sgt. Maj. Alex M. Dobson, sergeant major of 2d MarDiv. “Far too often we don’t take time out of our busy days to tell our Marines and Sailors that they’re doing great things.”
Each awardee competed against their peers at a professional military board and were judged on their physical fitness, job proficiency, and overall military bearing for each respective award.
The full list of awards are as follows: Marine of the Quarter Lance Cpl. Christian Chuquillanqui, Marine of the Year Sgt. Michael Chiarappa, NCO of the Quarter Sgt. Thomas Rodriguez, NCO of the Year Sgt. Christopher Casilio, Senior Sailor of the Quarter Petty Officer 1st Class Torrence Watkins, Senior Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Cody Stafford, Junior Sailor of the Quarter Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Vincent, Junior Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 2nd Class Derrick Woods, Blue Jacket of the Quarter Seaman Zachary Winter, Blue Jacket of the Year Seaman Tyler Shrewsbury.