9th Marine Corps District

 

9th Marine Corps District

Midwest Marines

Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Ill.
Educators from the Twin Cities area pose in front of an F-18 Hornet with their local Marines, during their visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as part of the 2016 Educators Workshop. During the workshop, these educators visited several key Marine Corps instillations, fired live M-16 service rifles and navigated through the bayonet assault course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
Twin Cities Teachers Learn About the Marine Corps
Educators from the Twin Cities area pose in front of an F-18 Hornet with their local Marines, during their visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as part of the 2016 Educators Workshop. During the workshop, these educators visited several key Marine Corps instillations, fired live M-16 service rifles and navigated through the bayonet assault course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
A poolee with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin Cities stands at attention as one of the three drill instructors in attendance educate the future Marines on customs and courtesies at the RS Twin Cities Family Night, April 9. During the family night, drill instructors, RS staff and guest speakers informed families on what to expect at recruit training.
RS Twin Cities Family Night
A poolee with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin Cities stands at attention as one of the three drill instructors in attendance educate the future Marines on customs and courtesies at the RS Twin Cities Family Night, April 9. During the family night, drill instructors, RS staff and guest speakers informed families on what to expect at recruit training.
Staff Sgt. Dalton Revier, a recruiter with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin Cities, was honored as the hometown hero at the World's Toughest Rodeo in Saint Paul, Minn. Feb. 5. Revier, a Twin Cities native, was selected for this honor due to his exceptional service both at home and abroad.
Twin Cities Marine is Hometown Hero at World's Toughest Rodeo
Staff Sgt. Dalton Revier, a recruiter with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin Cities, was honored as the hometown hero at the World's Toughest Rodeo in Saint Paul, Minn. Feb. 5. Revier, a Twin Cities native, was selected for this honor due to his exceptional service both at home and abroad.
Jordan Meadows is presented the Commandant of the Marine Corps Trophy by members of Recruiting Station St. Louis Jan. 31 at the University of Illinois Basketball game for finishing top of his class of 220 Officer Candidates. Jordan's superb physical fitness, self-less leadership and successful academics distinguished him as the number one candidate.
Officer Candidate awarded CMC Trophy
Jordan Meadows is presented the Commandant of the Marine Corps Trophy by members of Recruiting Station St. Louis Jan. 31 at the University of Illinois Basketball game for finishing top of his class of 220 Officer Candidates. Jordan's superb physical fitness, self-less leadership and successful academics distinguished him as the number one candidate.
Marines and sailors of the 9th Marine Corps District and Naval Station Great Lakes dined with Chicago Cubs players at the USO of Illinois’ Cub’s Caravan Luncheon Jan. 14, in downtown Chicago. Cub’s players mingled with service members over lunch at the free event, which is part of the TixForTroops program in the state of Illinois.
Chicago Cubs Luncheon
Marines and sailors of the 9th Marine Corps District and Naval Station Great Lakes dined with Chicago Cubs players at the USO of Illinois’ Cub’s Caravan Luncheon Jan. 14, in downtown Chicago. Cub’s players mingled with service members over lunch at the free event, which is part of the TixForTroops program in the state of Illinois.
Marines and sailors of the 9th Marine Corps District and Naval Station Great Lakes dined with Chicago Cubs players at the USO of Illinois’ Cub’s Caravan Luncheon Jan. 14, in downtown Chicago. Cub’s players mingled with service members over lunch at the free event, which is part of the TixForTroops program in the state of Illinois.
Chicago Cubs Luncheon
Marines and sailors of the 9th Marine Corps District and Naval Station Great Lakes dined with Chicago Cubs players at the USO of Illinois’ Cub’s Caravan Luncheon Jan. 14, in downtown Chicago. Cub’s players mingled with service members over lunch at the free event, which is part of the TixForTroops program in the state of Illinois.
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, speaks with Marines during a Jan. 5 visit to 9th Marine Corps District, Great Lakes, Ill. The sergeant major visited service members with Midwest Marines and Navy  Recruit Training Command on his way back to Washington, D.C., from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Sgt. Maj. Green Visits 9th Marine Corps District Headquarters
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, speaks with Marines during a Jan. 5 visit to 9th Marine Corps District, Great Lakes, Ill. The sergeant major visited service members with Midwest Marines and Navy Recruit Training Command on his way back to Washington, D.C., from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, speaks with Marines during a Jan. 5 visit to 9th Marine Corps District, Great Lakes, Ill. The sergeant major visited service members with Midwest Marines and Navy  Recruit Training Command on his way back to Washington, D.C., from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Sgt. Maj. Green visits the Marines of 9th Marine Corps District
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, speaks with Marines during a Jan. 5 visit to 9th Marine Corps District, Great Lakes, Ill. The sergeant major visited service members with Midwest Marines and Navy Recruit Training Command on his way back to Washington, D.C., from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Staff Sgt. Leah J. Minder, left, a Marine recruiter in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and her husband, Darren D. Minder, right, former Marine Corps sergeant and Purple Heart recipient, stand with their daughters, Jordan, left, and Addison after their combined promotion and Purple Heart ceremony inside the Saginaw Valley State University Field House, Dec. 5, 2015. Staff Sergeant Minder was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and Darren received his Purple Heart medal for sustaining an enemy gunshot wound to the abdomen on a patrol, while deployed to Habbinyah, Iraq, as a corporal, Oct. 4, 2006.
Military Couple Celebrate Sacrifice and Service: Husband Receives Purple Heart, Wife Receives Promotion
Staff Sgt. Leah J. Minder, left, a Marine recruiter in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and her husband, Darren D. Minder, right, former Marine Corps sergeant and Purple Heart recipient, stand with their daughters, Jordan, left, and Addison after their combined promotion and Purple Heart ceremony inside the Saginaw Valley State University Field House, Dec. 5, 2015. Staff Sergeant Minder was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and Darren received his Purple Heart medal for sustaining an enemy gunshot wound to the abdomen on a patrol, while deployed to Habbinyah, Iraq, as a corporal, Oct. 4, 2006.
Sgt. Michael Capasso speaks at Eden Prairie high School before awarding local athlete, J. D. Spielman, an honorary game jersey for the Semper Fi All American Bowl. The SFAAB is the Marine Corps' own high school football bowl, which pits 100 of the best and brightest young athletes in the nation against each other. Those who are chosen to play in the SFAAB are selected based on their performance on the football field, and their character off the field.
Eden Prairie High School Athlete Selected to Play in Semper Fi Bowl
Sgt. Michael Capasso speaks at Eden Prairie high School before awarding local athlete, J. D. Spielman, an honorary game jersey for the Semper Fi All American Bowl. The SFAAB is the Marine Corps' own high school football bowl, which pits 100 of the best and brightest young athletes in the nation against each other. Those who are chosen to play in the SFAAB are selected based on their performance on the football field, and their character off the field.
United States Marines and members of the Armed Forces gathered Nov. 15 to honor the service members and FBI agents who have died since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at St. John Fisher Parish, Chicago, Ill. The memorial was organized by members of the McCarthy Group, named after Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Col. Joseph J. McCarthy, and whose sole mission is to honor those men and women who have died in service to the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps Official Photo by Capt. James F. Stenger/released)
Marines Honor the Fallen
United States Marines and members of the Armed Forces gathered Nov. 15 to honor the service members and FBI agents who have died since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at St. John Fisher Parish, Chicago, Ill. The memorial was organized by members of the McCarthy Group, named after Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Col. Joseph J. McCarthy, and whose sole mission is to honor those men and women who have died in service to the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps Official Photo by Capt. James F. Stenger/released)
United States Marines and members of the Armed Forces gathered Nov. 15 to honor the service members and FBI agents who have died since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at St. John Fisher Parish, Chicago, Ill. The memorial was organized by members of the McCarthy Group, named after Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Col. Joseph J. McCarthy, and whose sole mission is to honor those men and women who have died in service to the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps Official Photo by Capt. James F. Stenger/released)
Marines Honor the Fallen
United States Marines and members of the Armed Forces gathered Nov. 15 to honor the service members and FBI agents who have died since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at St. John Fisher Parish, Chicago, Ill. The memorial was organized by members of the McCarthy Group, named after Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Col. Joseph J. McCarthy, and whose sole mission is to honor those men and women who have died in service to the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps Official Photo by Capt. James F. Stenger/released)
Marine Poolees from Kalamazoo, Mich., helped unfurl a 30-yard-flag across the 50-yard-line during the Veteran's Day halftime show at Western Michigan University's football game, November 11, 2015.
Marine Corps Poolees unfurl American flag
Marine Poolees from Kalamazoo, Mich., helped unfurl a 30-yard-flag across the 50-yard-line during the Veteran's Day halftime show at Western Michigan University's football game, November 11, 2015.
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed at the MN Vikings game, November 8. In addition to performing a spectacular half-time show, the Marines also honored Tyler Johnson, a high school student from Minneapolis, selected to play in the Semper Fi All American Bowl.
Silent Drill Platoon Performs at MN Vikings Game
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed at the MN Vikings game, November 8. In addition to performing a spectacular half-time show, the Marines also honored Tyler Johnson, a high school student from Minneapolis, selected to play in the Semper Fi All American Bowl.
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed at the MN Vikings game, November 8. In addition to performing a spectacular half-time show, the Marines also honored Tyler Johnson, a high school student from Minneapolis, selected to play in the Semper Fi All American Bowl.
Silent Drill Platoon Performs at MN Vikings Game
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon performed at the MN Vikings game, November 8. In addition to performing a spectacular half-time show, the Marines also honored Tyler Johnson, a high school student from Minneapolis, selected to play in the Semper Fi All American Bowl.
Marines from Recruiting Station Lansing attend the annual “Triumph” to celebrate another successful fiscal year, Oct. 30, 2015.  During the event awards were presented followed by a 30-foot-tall bonfire and a night under the stars in near freezing weather.
Recruiting Station Legionaries host annual “Triumph”
Marines from Recruiting Station Lansing attend the annual “Triumph” to celebrate another successful fiscal year, Oct. 30, 2015. During the event awards were presented followed by a 30-foot-tall bonfire and a night under the stars in near freezing weather.
A Drum Major from Bay City Western High School, Staff Sgt. Luke DeJong and Sgt. Christopher Parker from Recruiting Sub Station Saginaw, Mich., salute the flag during the National Anthem before the start of the Great American Rivalry Series game between Bay City Central and Bay City Western high schools, Oct. 23, 2015. The Great American Rivalry Series games allowed Marines, football players and the school’s student body to interact over a relatable common ground topic: competition.
Salute; the ultimate sign of respect
A Drum Major from Bay City Western High School, Staff Sgt. Luke DeJong and Sgt. Christopher Parker from Recruiting Sub Station Saginaw, Mich., salute the flag during the National Anthem before the start of the Great American Rivalry Series game between Bay City Central and Bay City Western high schools, Oct. 23, 2015. The Great American Rivalry Series games allowed Marines, football players and the school’s student body to interact over a relatable common ground topic: competition.
Sgt. Matthew Boulis, recruiter with Recruiting Sub Station Grand Rapids North, Mich., and a football player from Lowell High School, salute the flag during the National Anthem  before the start of the Great American Rivalry Series game between Lowell and East Grand Rapids high schools, Oct. 16, 2015. The Great American Rivalry Series games allowed Marines, football players and the school’s student body to interact over a relatable common ground topic: competition.
Marine, football player salute to Old Glory
Sgt. Matthew Boulis, recruiter with Recruiting Sub Station Grand Rapids North, Mich., and a football player from Lowell High School, salute the flag during the National Anthem before the start of the Great American Rivalry Series game between Lowell and East Grand Rapids high schools, Oct. 16, 2015. The Great American Rivalry Series games allowed Marines, football players and the school’s student body to interact over a relatable common ground topic: competition.
Maj. Christopher L. Buck, Recruiting Station Lansing commanding officer, third from left, presents Lisa Semerly, Okemos High School coach, with the Recruiting Station Lansing High School Coach of the Year Award on the Okemos football field, Oct. 9, 2015. Each year, RS Lansing solicits nominations from high schools throughout Michigan and recognizes one male and one female coach that exemplifies the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Lisa Semerly recieves Coach of the Year Award
Maj. Christopher L. Buck, Recruiting Station Lansing commanding officer, third from left, presents Lisa Semerly, Okemos High School coach, with the Recruiting Station Lansing High School Coach of the Year Award on the Okemos football field, Oct. 9, 2015. Each year, RS Lansing solicits nominations from high schools throughout Michigan and recognizes one male and one female coach that exemplifies the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Maj. Christopher L. Buck, Recruiting Station Lansing commanding officer, left, presents Ron Stremlow, Forest Area High School coach, with the Recruiting Station Lansing High School Coach of the Year Award inside the Forest Area High School gymnasium, Oct. 8, 2015. Ron Stremlow coached volleyball, girls and boys soccer and basketball, track, football, and middle school basketball. Each year, RS Lansing solicits nominations from high schools throughout Michigan and recognizes one male and one female coach that exemplifies the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Ron Stremlow recieves Coach of the Year Award
Maj. Christopher L. Buck, Recruiting Station Lansing commanding officer, left, presents Ron Stremlow, Forest Area High School coach, with the Recruiting Station Lansing High School Coach of the Year Award inside the Forest Area High School gymnasium, Oct. 8, 2015. Ron Stremlow coached volleyball, girls and boys soccer and basketball, track, football, and middle school basketball. Each year, RS Lansing solicits nominations from high schools throughout Michigan and recognizes one male and one female coach that exemplifies the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
Brigadier General James W. Bierman reaffirms the oath of enlistment with Sgt. Joshua S. Whittington (right) and Sgt. Curtis W. Paul (left) in Lansing, Mich., Oct. 6, 2015. Both Marines are recruiters with Recruiting Station Lansing and were promoted to staff sergeant after the oath.
Brig. Gen. Bierman promotes Marines from RS Lansing
Brig. Gen. James W. Bierman reaffirms the oath of enlistment with Sgt. Joshua S. Whittington (right) and Sgt. Curtis W. Paul (left) in Lansing, Mich., Oct. 6, 2015. Both Marines are recruiters with Recruiting Station Lansing and were promoted to staff sergeant after the oath.
Marines from Recruiting Station Lansing, Mich., collide at the beginning of a “knockerball” soccer game inside one of Lansing’s SoccerZone arenas, Sept. 28, 2015. Marines played the game for a fun, physical training session at the conclusion of a staff non-commissioned officer-in-charge meeting.
Rock em', sock em', knock em'
Marines from Recruiting Station Lansing, Mich., collide at the beginning of a “knockerball” soccer game inside one of Lansing’s SoccerZone arenas, Sept. 28, 2015. Marines played the game for a fun, physical training session at the conclusion of a staff non-commissioned officer-in-charge meeting.
Marines from Recruiting Substation Central Michigan raise the United States flag during the H.H. Dow vs. Flint Southwestern football game, Sept. 18, 2015. The game was part of a Wounded Warriors Project fund drive.
Marines raise stars and stripes in Michigan
Marines from Recruiting Substation Central Michigan raise the United States flag during the H.H. Dow vs. Flint Southwestern football game, Sept. 18, 2015. The game was part of a Wounded Warriors Project fund drive.
NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES -- Marine Col. Jason Morris, 9th Marine Corps District commanding officer, and Navy Capt. James D. Hawkins, Naval Station Great Lakes commanding officer, cut the ribbon to officially open the 9th Marine Corps District headquarters building during a ribbon cutting ceremony aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 2015. The ceremony also commemorated the 78th anniversary of the unit's activation as 9th Reserve District, which was established aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 1937. Col. Jason Morris, the District's commanding officer, spoke during the ceremony about the importance of recruiting and how maintaining a well-qualified, well-trained Marine Corps begins with the individual recruiter on the streets. The District is responsible for recruiting enlisted, officer and prior service Marines across 660,000 square miles and 13 states in the Midwest region.
9th Marine Corps District Officially Opens its Doors
NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES -- Marine Col. Jason Morris, 9th Marine Corps District commanding officer, and Navy Capt. James D. Hawkins, Naval Station Great Lakes commanding officer, cut the ribbon to officially open the 9th Marine Corps District headquarters building during a ribbon cutting ceremony aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 2015. The ceremony also commemorated the 78th anniversary of the unit's activation as 9th Reserve District, which was established aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 1937. Col. Jason Morris, the District's commanding officer, spoke during the ceremony about the importance of recruiting and how maintaining a well-qualified, well-trained Marine Corps begins with the individual recruiter on the streets. The District is responsible for recruiting enlisted, officer and prior service Marines across 660,000 square miles and 13 states in the Midwest region.
NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES -- Marines and sailors stationed aboard Naval Station Great Lakes celebrate the official opening of the 9th Marine Corps District's headquarters building, Sept. 1, 2015. The ceremony also commemorated the 78th anniversary of the unit's activation as 9th Reserve District, which was established aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 1937. Col. Jason Morris, the District's commanding officer, spoke during the ceremony about the importance of recruiting and how maintaining a well-qualified, well-trained Marine Corps begins with the individual recruiter on the streets. The District is responsible for recruiting enlisted, officer and prior service Marines across 660,000 square miles and 13 states in the Midwest region.
9th Marine Corps District Officially Opens its Doors
NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES -- Marines and sailors stationed aboard Naval Station Great Lakes celebrate the official opening of the 9th Marine Corps District's headquarters building, Sept. 1, 2015. The ceremony also commemorated the 78th anniversary of the unit's activation as 9th Reserve District, which was established aboard the Naval Station, Sept. 1, 1937. Col. Jason Morris, the District's commanding officer, spoke during the ceremony about the importance of recruiting and how maintaining a well-qualified, well-trained Marine Corps begins with the individual recruiter on the streets. The District is responsible for recruiting enlisted, officer and prior service Marines across 660,000 square miles and 13 states in the Midwest region.
Sgt. Rosario Battiest, a Company N, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor, tells a poolee to increase her volume during Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
RS Kansas City all-hands female pool function, 20150807
Sgt. Rosario Battiest, a Company N, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor, tells a poolee to increase her volume during Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
Sgt. Maj. Christopher A. Farrell, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City sergeant major, speaks to female poolees before turning the discussion over to a panel of female Marines of different ranks and MOSes during RS Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
RS Kansas City all-hands female pool function, 20150807
Sgt. Maj. Christopher A. Farrell, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City sergeant major, speaks to female poolees before turning the discussion over to a panel of female Marines of different ranks and MOSes during RS Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
Sgt. Rosario Battiest, a Company N, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor,corrects a poolees drill deficiency during Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
RS Kansas City all-hands female pool function, 20150807
Sgt. Rosario Battiest, a Company N, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor,corrects a poolees drill deficiency during Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City's all-hands female pool function at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., Aug. 7, 2015.
Sgt. Maj. Benny Benton, middle, relinquished his post as Recruiting Station Lansing sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bowman, right, during a relief and appointment ceremony upon the lawn of the Lansing, Mich., capitol building, July 19, 2015. Bowman said he is confident he has the ability to lead RS Lansing and the recruiters now under his charge, though it will be tough to fill Benton’s shoes.
Sgt. Maj. Benton bids farewell to RS Lansing
Sgt. Maj. Benny Benton, middle, relinquished his post as Recruiting Station Lansing sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bowman, right, during a relief and appointment ceremony upon the lawn of the Lansing, Mich., capitol building, July 19, 2015. Bowman said he is confident he has the ability to lead RS Lansing and the recruiters now under his charge, though it will be tough to fill Benton’s shoes.
Staff Sgt. Luke DeJong, staff non-commissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub Station Saginaw, Mich., motivates Bay City Western High School’s football team during a Combat Fitness Test, July 23, 2015. DeJong said the CFT is meant to instill the warrior ethos into the football team to bring them together as a family much like the Marine Corps.
Bay City Western experiences Marine Corps CFT
Staff Sgt. Luke DeJong, staff non-commissioned officer in charge of Recruiting Sub Station Saginaw, Mich., motivates Bay City Western High School’s football team during a Combat Fitness Test, July 23, 2015. DeJong said the CFT is meant to instill the warrior ethos into the football team to bring them together as a family much like the Marine Corps.
Unit Leaders

Colonel Jason L. Morris
Commanding Officer, 9th Marine Corps District
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Sergeant Major John S. Hawes
Sergeant Major, 9th Marine Corps District
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Chicago-area U.S. Marines held a physical training and team-building exercise with the Northwestern women's lacrosse team at the university's Nicolette Indoor Training Facility, Feb. 16, 2016. The Marines, from 9th Marine Corps District and Northwestern University's Navy ROTC unit, taught the student-athletes how to attack an object with tenacity and ferocity, which could help them to earn a National College Athletic Association Championship.
Mission
Midwest Marines are responsible for U.S. Marine Corps recruiting efforts in the upper Midwest, including the states of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Midwest Marines are headquartered aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. We are formally known as the 9th Marine Corps District.
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