Young Marines Names Dakota Richter ‘National Young Marine of the Year’

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The Young Marines youth organization named a new “National Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. As National Young Marine of the Year, Richter will be a mentor for the 10,000 youth members in the Young Marines.

Previous 'Young Marine of the Year', YM SgtMaj McCall Behringer, provides a gold cord to the new 'Young Marine of the Year' YM SgtMaj Dakota Richter.

Previous 'Young Marine of the Year', YM SgtMaj McCall Behringer, provides a gold cord to the new 'Young Marine of the Year' YM SgtMaj Dakota Richter.

YM SgtMaj Richter is very knowledgeable about Young Marines program, and her passion as mentor for the kids in the program really shines through. She is the personification of all that is good about this organization.”

The Young Marines youth organization named a new “National Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Young Marines is a national non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school.

“It was such a momentous, momentous, feeling walking up to that stage to Mr. Kessler,” Richter said. “I just poured out all my feelings into my speech, I was so honored. I was on stage for more than an hour because so many people came up to shake the hands of myself and my fellow Division Young Marines of the Year – it was both astounding and humbling.”

Richter joined the Young Marines when she was 11 years old and is a member of the Northern Kentucky unit. She has earned 42 ribbon awards with the Young Marines program, as well as the Distinguished Order of Merit, the DEA device for her Drug Demand Reduction ribbon, two nationally-awarded Personal Achievement awards, Recruit Honor Graduate, Advanced Leadership School Honor Graduate and multiple Perfect PFT awards. Richter has also earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (gold) and was named an honorary U.S. Marine Rider.

“YM SgtMaj Richter has demonstrated leadership, judgment, initiative and will do very well as a national representative of the Young Marines,” said Michael Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "She is very knowledgeable about Young Marines program, and her passion as mentor for the kids in the program really shines through. She is the personification of all that is good about this organization.”

As National Young Marine of the Year, Richter will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines. In addition, she will be a mentor for the 10,000 youth members in the Young Marines.

“One of my focuses as Young Marine of the Year will be working for and directly with those Young Marines with the potential to be overlooked in the program, the eight- through 11-year-olds, because they are the future,” Richter said. “I also plan to direct my attention to the Young Marines on American military bases around the world, such as the Camp Foster Young Marines in Okinawa, Japan.”

She recently traveled to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” trip with nine other youth members of Young Marines. The week-long trip was for the American and Japanese veterans who fought on the two islands during World War II.

Richter is on the varsity swim team at Dixie Heights High School in Ft. Mitchell, KY, where she is a junior. Two of her goals include attending one of the nation’s prestigious military academies and publishing a bestselling novel.

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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