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Makenzie Keiser is recognized for the 2018 Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award for Environmental Stewardship, Nov. 6, at the Edwardsville City Council meeting for her efforts in the Girl Scouts. Keiser recently earned the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest earned in the Girl Scouts. She earned this award for her final project that helped teach children in Edwardsville how to create vegetable gardens and grow vegetables. Keiser worked with the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center in Edwardsville to design and develop three raised gardens at the YMCA's children playground. She taught students not only the importance of vegetables and how they are cultivated, but also how to start growing them from seeds. “If you teach children how to grow vegetables, they will always have food,” said Keiser. Keiser is a poolee with the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program with Recruiting Station St. Louis and is set to leave for Marine Corps recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Nov. 13. The Delayed Entry Program incorporates recruits into the inactive reserves and includes an agreement to report for active duty, most often called “shipping out to boot camp”, at a specific date in the future. “Being a Girl Scout has taught me to be confident in the choices i make and adapt to, and overcome any obstacles in my path,” said Keiser. “It has taught me to be a better leader and to be fearless in any situation. In the Marine Corps there will be times that I will have to use my knowledge and experience in order to get past an obstacle. I plan on using what the Girl Scouts have taught me in order to be the best Marine that I can be.”
Marines from Recruiting Station St. Louis pass the command organizational colors during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Recruiting Station St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo. on June 23, 2017. Major Nicole Bastian took command of the recruiting station relieving Maj. Ian Duncan. (USMC Photo by Cpl. Zachery B. Martin)
Marines from Recruiting Station St. Louis pass the command organizational colors during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Recruiting Station St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo. on June 23, 2017. Major Nicole Bastian took command of the recruiting station relieving Maj. Ian Duncan. (USMC Photo by Cpl. Zachery B. Martin)
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.
Capt. Ryan Kilkenny presents Tucker McCann his Semper Fidelis Bowl Game Jersey at a presentation at O'Fallon High School, O'Fallon, IL Dec. 2. Tucker, one of the top place kickers in the nation and University of Missouri commit, will play for the West Team during the 5th annual Semper Fidelis Bowl Game in Carson, CA.
Capt. Joeseph Rieser presents the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship to Thomas Glission at an awards ceremony at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, MO May 15. Glission will attend The University of Missouri in the fall to being his journey to become a Marine Corps Officer. "What impressed me most about Mr. Glisson is what I perceived to be his commitment to a cause greater than his own," said Rieser, the Executive officer of Recruiting Station St. Louis. "During our interview, I asked him what made him different from the other applicants and what made him unique; he responded 'I am determined to become the best leader I can be.'"
(from left to right) SSgt. Blalock, Chan, Lott, Fort, Riley and Kee are promoted to their current rank during a promotion ceremony at Jefferson Barracks, MO November 1.
Marine Corps Poolees take part in a sware0in ceremony at Busch Stadium, St. Louis September 27. The swear-in was part of a military appreciation day.
Lloyd, left, and Bill Rupp are honored as the USO Service Members of the game during a St. Louis Blues hockey game March 30 at Scott Trade Center in St. Louis. The twin brothers enlisted in 1942 into the Marine Corps and served throughout the Pacific. Lloyd was a rear gunner on a Douglas SBD dauntless dive bomber and Bill was an anti-aircraft gunner. Both served four years in the Marine Corps during WWII and settled back in St. Louis. SSgt. Derek Krause, right, is the Pool Program Specialist and Sgt. Cody Tubbs is the Operations Clerk for Recruiting Station St. Louis.
Marines with Recruiting Station St. Louis, along with MSgt. Mark A Kennedy, presented the nations colors and sang the National Anthem at the Arch Madness Basketball Tournament March 8 at Scott Trade Center, St. Louis. The tournament was for the Missouri Valle Conference Championship. Kennedy is the senior enlisted advisor at Military Processing Station St. Louis.
COTTLEVILLE, MO – Col. Jason L. Morris speaks during a dedication ceremony for the Cottleville Post Office in memory of Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge in Cottleville Sept. 23. Health Resolution-2391 became public law on June 9, 2014. The law designated the post office building in Cottleville as the Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge Post Office. The bill was introduced on June 14, 2013 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 9, 2014. Morris is the Commanding Officer of 9th Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruiting Command and Vinnedge’s commanding officer while deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erik S. Brooks Jr.)
COTTLEVILLE, MO – Julie and David Vinnedge are presented a plaque dedicating the Cottleville Post Office in memory of their son Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge in Cottleville Sept. 23. Lance Cpl. Vinnedge was an Anti-tank Assaultman with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment deployed to Helmand Provence, Afghanistan in 2010 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on October 13, 2010. Also in the vehicle with Vinnedge were Cpl. Justin J. Cain, Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald and Pfc. Victor A. Drew. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erik S. Brooks Jr.)
Maj. Gregory P. Gordon, the Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station St. Louis, presents a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey to high school senior Kyron Watson during a football game in East St. Louis, Ill., Oct. 19, 2013. Watson was selected to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January in Carson, Calif. Watson plays Linebacker on the East St. Louis Senior High School varsity football team and is ranked a four-star recruit and 105th in the ESPN top 300. He has had 10 scholarship offers, but committed to play at the University of Kansas. (Official U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Erik S. Brooks Jr.)
A Poolee with RS St. Louis maneuvers an obstacle during a monthly pool function July 27 in Greenville, Ill. For additional imagery visit https://www.facebook.com/stlouismarines?ref=tn_tnmn#!/stlouismarines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erik S. Brooks Jr.
St. Louis News
Swim team captain, academic performer selected for Marine Corps leadership academy June 1, 2018
RS St. Louis best recruiters recognized December 21, 2017
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 Oklahoma. Midwest Marines are headquartered aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. We are formally known as the 9th Marine Corps District.

The mission of Marine Corps Recruiting Station St. Louis is to supervise and administer the enlisted and officer procurement programs of the Regular and Reserve establishment and to perform such other tasks as may be directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.