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Faces In The Ranks

Staff Sgt. David S. Garza – Dallas, TX.
Age: 27
Occupation: Drill Instructor
Unit: 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Garza was a drill instructor for three years, graduating six Company E’s, one Company F, and finished his tour as and finished his tour as the senior drill instructor and company gunnery sergeant the depot’s receiving section. During his time as a DI, Garza was awarded the Dan Daly Award for being voted best performing Green Belt Drill Instructor by all DIs in his company. Garza also received special awards and recognition for building two homes with a Habitat for Humanity project, coaching a youth soccer team aboard the depot, and helping the recruiting mission in Texas. Garza trained and converted more than 450 civilians to Marines. He’s received more than 10,000 recruits and prepared them for Marine Corps Recruit Training.

Staff Sgt. David S. Garza

Staff Sgt. David S. Garza

Sgt. Walter Rattray

Sgt. Walter Rattray

Sgt. Walter Rattray – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Age: 24

Occupation: Drill Instructor

Unit: 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Rattray seems to have been born for the drill field, but before finding his way back to Parris Island he served on three combat tours as an infantryman earning valorous recognition in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He believes instructing recruits has made him a stronger leader by giving him a stock in the future of the organization. “It’s different than leading Marines because you have the young generation of the Corps in your hand,” Rattray explained. “You put them in the Corps and they’ll remember you forever.”

Sgt. Nadia Sensing

Sgt. Nadia Sensing

Sgt. Nadia Sensing – Fullton, KY.

Age: 25

Occupation: Drill Instructor/Martial Arts Instructor

Unit: Support Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Sensing is a loud, poised drill instructor and martial arts instructor that demands volume, bearing and intensity from those in her charge. Marines and sailors often show up to Leatherneck Square specifically to endure her brand of training. “You can look at [her] and tell that she is a warrior,” said Pfc. David Porter, one of Sensing’s former students. “You might think warriors are brash and reckless, but it’s a controlled chaos. She always has absolute control and discipline. People see that, and that’s where the respect comes from.”

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3 Responses

  1. Turcios101 says:

    I was in platoon 4032 she is was the best kill hat always demanded the best outta of us I thank yu sgt

  2. LCPL RUGATO says:

    I first met Sgt Sensing as a recruit. She was the one who I looked up to. I wasn’t her recruit personally; she was our Martial Arts instructor. She is the type of Marine I look up to and would stand behind and next to. I couldn’t be happier then to read this article. Sgt Sensing is an outstanding woman, role model and never the less Marine.

  3. Cpl. Lyle Daniel says:

    Sgt. Sensing was one of my first mentors. This article describes her perfectly.