Marine Corps Private First Class, James A. Militello, of Lakeview, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating on April 26, 2013 from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina.
Pfc. Militello was a member of The Honor Platoon 1026, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Charlie Company.
He endured 13 weeks of intense physical and mental training as well as training in combat water survival, close combat, martial arts, basic warrior training, military history, Marine Corps values, close order drill, weapons and field training.
Pfc. Militello scored high during M-16 weapons training and earned the coveted Expert Badge in rifle qualifications.
The final test prior to graduation, known as the Crucible, is a grueling 54 hour long drill that is the culmination of everything learned during boot camp. It consisted of day and night marches covering almost 50 miles. Night time infiltration exercises, resupply and casualty evacuation, real-life applications of combat training. As well as, simulated combat environments during which recruits experience food and sleep deprivation. After successful completion of the Crucible, Recruits are then awarded the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and forever earn the title of United States Marine.
Pfc. Militello was stationed at Camp Geiger, NC for a month following MCRD graduation where he completed additional combat training. He is current stationed at Goodfellow Airforce base in San Angelo, TX where he is training for his military occupational specialty to become an aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist for the Marine Corp.
James is a 2010 graduate of Frontier High School.