MCLB Albany Marine of the Quarter achieves second title
By Verda L. Parker
| Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | May 02, 2013
After winning the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Marine of the Quarter Board for the second quarter of 2013, Lance Cpl. Franklin M. Good IV won the title of Marine of the Quarter during Marine Corps Installations East board, April 5.
Good, one of seven Marines who competed for the MCIEAST board, is an administrative specialist with Military Personnel Center, MCLB Albany, and has been stationed here since August 2011.
“It was an honor to be selected,” Good recalled, describing his recent achievements. “It proved that hard work really pays off, and good things come to those who wait.”
Good credits his wife, Cynthia, who quizzed him daily, and his fellow Marines in his work area with helping him to prepare for his boards.
“My hard work and dedication to the Corps, my outstanding bearing, good posture and presence, maintaining eye-contact and my leadership were important qualities that I believe helped me to be chosen,” he continued. “Good posture and eye contact are very important; even if you don’t know the exact answer, maintaining direct eye contact helps to show that you’re confident.”
When asked, what or who motivated him to enlist, Good said his father, Franklin M. Good III, who served in the Marines Corps, and his family members were his strongest recruiters.
“I was motivated to join the Marine Corps to continue a family tradition. I also wanted to better myself, and to start a family,” Good said.
According to Cpl. James Etheridge, administrative specialist, Military Personnel Center, Good works hard and always strives for excellence - looking to do more, and is always on point.
“We have worked together for the past year-and-a-half, and I can honestly say, he takes the initiative to get the job done,” Etheridge said. “He is dedicated and loyal to his shop, to the base and to the Marine Corps.”
“He is a good Marine and a great person,” Cpl. Viviana Chavezarambula, administrative specialist, who works in Good’s office, added. “He has outstanding work ethics, always encourages everyone, and tells jokes to cheer up anyone in the office who’s having a bad day.”
Lance Cpl. Chez Dowling, administrative specialist, Military Personnel Center, described Good as “a good Marine who is committed to the tasks he holds. He trained and studied really hard to prepare for his boards and deserved to be selected.”
Fellow Marines Etheridge and Chavezarambula unanimously echoed Dowling and said Good deserved both honors, which he received from the base and MCI East boards.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Good completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego, and said that he hoped to get orders to either Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., or Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., at some point during his career.
His future plans are to continue pursuing his criminal justice degree, to possibly apply to Officer’s Candidate School or to retire as a master gunnery sergeant.
Good’s words of wisdom and advice to others who compete before the boards are to “keep pushing forward until your mission is accomplished.”