9th Marine Corps District
Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Photo By: GySgt Bryan A. Peterson
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Colonel Jason L. Morris, 9th Marine Corps District commanding officer, awards Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Brau, the staff noncommissioned officer of Recruiting Substation South Bend, Recruiting Station Indianapolis, April 22, in South Bend, Indiana, as the SNCOIC champion of Operation Gridiron Blitz. Operation Gridiron Blitz was a 9th Marine Corps District recruiting offensive that tasked Marine recruiters to find the next smart, tough and elite warriors to serve in the Marine Corps. Brau said his Marines, pictured left to right, Sgt. Brant Scherbarth, Sgt. Brandon Weaver, Staff Sgt. Korey Lewis and, not pictured, Sgt. Franklin Alvarado, were the sole reason why he won the award. Brau said he "owes everything to the Marines who went out and accomplished the mission. They were the ones who brought in the men and women who are of the highest caliber to the RSS pool team." Morris presented the award to Brau prior to a pool function, where he, his Marines and the men and women in the delayed entry program, or DEP, conducted a mud run for their monthly pool function.
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