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Faces in the Ranks

Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Shaffer
Morehead, Ky.
Age: 26
Occupation: Recruiter
Unit: Recruiting Station Indianapolis
Shaffer reported to Recruiting Station Indianapolis as a canvassing recruiter in April 2008. Twenty-one months and two meritorious promotions later, he sits at the head of his substation. In less than two years, Shaffer was named Rookie Recruiter of Year 2008, Recruiter of the Year 2009, and Recruiter of the Nation. Furthermore, he earned the title “Centurion,” by contracting 100 qualified individuals into the Corps. All 100 were tier one high school graduates. As of Feb.10, 64 have shipped to recruit training, and 63 have earned the title Marine.


Sgt. Justin M. Blue
Henderson, Texas
Age: 25
Occupation: Warehouse Supply Clerk
Unit: 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Blue, a warehouse supply clerk with 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, received the Admiral Ben Moreell Award for Logistics Competence (Enlisted), aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 25. Bob Bythewood, the North Carolina Area President, Navy League of the United States, presented Blue’s award for his exceptional leadership while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March to September 2009.


Maj. Seth MacCutcheon
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Age: 33
Occupation: Commanding Officer of Company L
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.
MacCutcheon received a Bronze Star Medal with a gold star in lieu of second award for his actions while serving as the commanding officer of Company L, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, from Aug. 27, 2008, to March 23, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that time, MacCutcheon led and integrated nearly 400 Marines, sailors, soldiers and civilians in Iraq’s Hit district, which encompasses more than 2,700 miles of Al Anbar Province.

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