Young Marines Names SgtMaj Austin Cobb of Cary, NC, ‘Young Marine of the Year’ for Division 3

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The Young Marines, a national youth and service program, has named SgtMaj Austin Cobb the Division 3 'Young Marine of the Year.' He has been invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

The Young Marines names Austin Cobb 'Young Marine of the Year' for Divison 3.
With the Young Marines, Cobb has traveled to New York, Washington D.C., Orlando, Norfolk, Parris Island and Quantico. He will now go to Guam and Iwo Jim for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

The Young Marines youth organization has named its Division 3 “Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Austin Cobb, 17, of Cary, North Carolina. Cobb has been a member of the Capitol City Young Marines since he joined at age 13.

He is a junior at Cary High School and lives with his parents and two older brothers. His favorite subject in school is history, and he enjoys the outdoors.

With the Young Marines, Cobb has traveled to New York for the United Nations conference, Washington D.C., Orlando, Norfolk, Parris Island and Quantico.

“When I first joined the Young Marines, I decided that I would do everything in my power to succeed and let God take care of the rest,” Cobb said. “I am proud of developing both the confidence and courage to do things I never thought possible.”

Cobb has been invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip. He will join the five other division winners named Young Marine of the Year, the two winners of the Young Marines’ annual Jimmie Trimble scholarship; the national Young Marine of the Year SgtMajor McCall Beringer; and Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines.

After graduation he plans to attend North Carolina State University with an NROTC Scholarship and then become a Marine Corps Infantry Officer.

How it works

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine goes through a series of selection processes starting at the unit level, going through battalion, regiment and on to the division. At the division level, the packages (portfolios) of the final candidates are reviewed for consideration.

Annually, one Young Marine of the Year is selected from each division. From these six winners, only one will be named the national “Young Marine of the Year” which will be announced in May, 2013.

Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines, calls each division winner to congratulate her or him. Then he invites each to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual Reunion of Honor trip.

“The trip gives each division winner a chance to showcase the program and the good work done by the Young Marines with veterans,” Kessler said. “The trip serves as an invaluable history lesson unable to be found in any book. Also, I get to know them and see how each interacts with others. If selected as the National YMOY, he or she will work for me, so this piece is important.”

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

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