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Faces in the Ranks

Lance Cpl. Daniel Hermann
Jasper, Ga.
Age: 23
Occupation: Motor transportation utilities mechanic
Unit: Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, Marine Air Control Group 28

In late February, Hermann went to see a movie with some friends in Jacksonville, N.C. After getting off a bus, Hermann saw a man snatch a purse from a teenage girl and run off. Without hesitation, he dropped his belongings to pursue the thief, and managed to tackle him. Hermann detained the man until the city police arrived to handle the situation. For his quick response, Hermann was awarded a Civilian Commendation by the Jacksonville Police Department.

Lance Cpl. Daniel Hermann

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fulgium

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fulgium
Neodesha, Kan.
Age: 29
Occupation: Data communications instructor
Unit: Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School

In 2009, more Marines died in motorcycle accidents than were killed by enemy forces in Iraq. Fulgium, who serves as the safety chief for MCCES, is working to reverse that trend at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., in 2010. A sports bike owner himself, Fulgium created posters and videos about motorcycle safety, and started a Facebook group for riders stationed at the combat center. He routinely uses the forums on the website for Semper Ride, the Marine Corps motorcycle safety program. For his commitment to safe riding, Fulgium was awarded the GEICO Military Service Award for the Marine Corps.

Staff Sgt. David Vogt III

Staff Sgt. David Vogt III
Lakeland, Fla.
Age: 25
Occupation: Assistant legal chief
Unit: Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Vogt put in more than 500 hours of volunteer work last year, working with organizations on and off base. He helped establish a noncommissioned officers association for his battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and served as its first president. With a new child in the home and an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, Vogt is reducing the amount of hours he’s spending helping others, but still tries to mentor his junior Marines. For his leadership skills and his vast volunteer work, Vogt was recognized as the Military Times Marine of the Year.

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