USMC East Coast  Drill Instructors Association
SDI/DI of the 4th Quarter FY 2012 Awards
1st Bn
SDI: Sgt Ryan G. Flohr (Company A)
DI: Sgt Jeremy Bolanos (Company A)
2nd Bn
SDI: SSgt Venacio Rodriguez (Company G)
DI: Sgt Duane O. Smith (Company H)
3rd Bn

SDI: SSgt Jarred J. Keffer (Company L)
DI: Sgt Tyler J. Montague (Company L)
4th Bn
SDI: SSgt Jaimie M. Wassink (Company P)
DI: Sgt Jessica L. Creel (Company O)

Support Bn

SDI: Sgt Latoya C. Moffett (Receiving Company)
DI: Sgt Kadeem M. Walker (Receiving Company)

Staff Sergeant Cook was born in Tempe Arizona and raised in North and South Carolina. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2002 at the age of 19. He underwent recruit training in Second Recruit Training Battalion, Company G, Platoon 2024, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, graduating as the platoon honor graduate and received a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal. Upon completion of recruit training, he reported to Marine Combat Training aboard Camp Geiger, NC and graduated in May of 2002. He then reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for Aviation Life Support “A” school. While there he served in the billet of “Guide” and “Platoon Sergeant” due to being one of only three Lance Corporals assigned to Aviation Life Support Division. He completed his MOS training with the second highest GPA in the class in August of 2002.

In August 2002, he checked in to his first unit, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464. He quickly gained the trust and confidence of his leadership and was selected to compete for Marine of the Quarter. On the third try he was selected as Marine of the Quarter for his unit and competed at Marine Aircraft Group 29, finishing third overall and receiving a meritorious promotion to Corporal. In January 2003, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and served in direct support of operations in Iraq from March 2003-May 2003. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 2 March 2003 while deployed. Upon return to CONUS, despite being the junior NCO in the work center, he was selected to deploy again as the NCOIC of the Flight Equipment work center in support of CJTF Horn of Africa. He successfully deployed from October 2003-April 2004 to Djibouti, Africa. In December 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. From March 2005-April 2005, he served as the NCOIC for a Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in Yuma, AZ. In September 2005, he volunteered for support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and in December of 2005 requested orders to PCS as a first term Marine in order to deploy again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In December 2005, he checked into Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533. There he quickly learned all new systems and configurations of life support equipment, attaining his Collateral Duty Inspector Qualification in two weeks. Shortly after joining the unit he deployed to Al Asaad, Iraq from February 2006-July 2006. Due to this combat deployment and an outstanding Fitness report, he was pulled from the below zone and selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant. Upon return from Iraq, he volunteered to serve in another Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in Yuma, AZ. As a Sergeant, he was serving as the SNCOIC of the work center and responsible for 11 Marines from all different units.

In July 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 in September 2007. Between September 2007 and January 2009, the unit deployed for training to Yuma, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT. In January of 2009 he deployed to Iwakuni, Japan in support of a Unit Deployment Program. While there, he served as the SNCOIC of the work center and Airframes Division Chief briefly. Upon return to CONUS, during an audit performed by Second Marine Aircraft Wing, his Aviation Life Support Program was noted as “the best program ever looked at” by Mr. Mobley. The Aviation Life Support Program was noted by the Commander of Naval Air Forces as being a top three graded programs throughout Naval Aviation. Mr. Mobley has been inspecting Aviation Life Support for over twelve years for Second Marine Aircraft Wing. For this, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In April 2010, he received orders to Drill Instructor School. Upon graduation, he was identified as a distinguished graduate for finishing second overall in the class. He received orders from Drill Instructor School to Second Recruit Training Battalion, Company H. He has completed four cycles as a Drill Instructor, one as an Experienced Drill Instructor and One as a Senior Drill Instructor. During his time in Company H, he has won the Drill Instructor of the Quarter for Second Battalion, and Senior Drill Instructor of the Quarter for Second Battalion. He has served as the Operations Chief for Company H for two cycles, and won the Drill Instructor of the Year for Parris Island during this time. On 19 October he was selected to serve as the Chief Drill Instructor for Company H, Lead Series for his last two training cycles before successfully completing his SDA.
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