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Blount Island Command honors NCO of the Year

By Staff Sgt. Michael Reed | | June 10, 2004

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Sergeant Ramon Barreto Jr. of the Supply Container Management Branch was named the Blount Island Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, May 11. It was the second consecutive year Barreto was selected as the command's top NCO of the Year.

"I feel very fortunate being selected for the second year in a row. The board this year was very competitive," Barreto said.

The Mayport chapter of the U.S. Navy League also honored Barreto at its annual Sailor and Marine of the Year Banquet.  The event was held May 27 at the Ocean Breeze Convention Center aboard Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla.


"It's the effort and dedication from Marines like Sgt. Barreto who truly make up the backbone of the Marine Corps," said 1st Sgt. Ivan Rodriguez, BICmd.

"I feel that my continuous efforts to improve both personally and professionally really helped me to achieve this," Barreto said. "This means a lot to me because it's not just recognition for something I did well but for something I did well for a long period of time, which to me is more gratifying."

Barreto and Sgts. Marlon D. Morris and Oura LA. Voutthivong were the Marines that competed for the honor.

A Bronx, N.Y., native, Barreto enlisted into the Marine Corps in August 1996.  He entered recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Jan. 14, 1997.

He joined Blount Island Command in January 2001 as a supply analyst with the Supply Container Management Branch of the Logistics Division.  He provides government oversight and performs quality assurance of the Marine Corps Maintenance Contractor's supply operations, acquisitions and warehouse management.

Barreto is a distinguished graduate of the Corporals Leadership Course, MCB Hawaii, and the Sergeants Leadership Course, Camp Lejeune, N.C. In May 2002 he received his Associates degree in Arts from Columbia College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems.

Barreto's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal in lieu of second award and National Defense Service Medal. He has been the recipient of numerous Certificates of Commendation, Meritorious Masts and Letters of Appreciation while serving at BICmd.

Barreto is married to the former Yesenia Robles, who is also an active duty Marine sergeant stationed at Blount Island.  They have been married four years and have a 10-month-old daughter, Isabella.

"My wife has by far had the most influence on my Marine Corps career. By always giving me hope and motivation when I needed it most, she has inspired me to be a better Marine," Barreto said.


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