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Base names NCO of the Quarter

12 Aug 2010 | Pamela Jackson, Public Affairs Specialist

Competition for the noncomissioned officer of the quarter can be a challenge for any Marine the first time around.

Very few have an opportunity to compete against their peers for the top honor each quarter.

Cpl. Jonathan Simeon, temporary additional duty clerk/noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Military Personnel Branch, Manpower Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, now knows what it takes to win this prestigious honor. He was recently named NCO of the Quarter.

Simeon, originally born in Montreal, Canada, states he is also of Haitian descent. He graduated in 2001 from Mt. Zion High School in Atlanta, Ga., and attended the Atlanta campus of American InterContinental University where he majored in criminal justice.

“I worked as a ramp agent for Delta Airlines for several years loading and unloading aircraft. Unhappy with my career at the time, I decided to make a change in my life, so I checked into starting a career in the military. The Marine Corps stood out more than the others even though they are the smallest, but (they are the) most respected branch,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of the few and the proud.”

Simeon arrived at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island S.C., Jan. 24, 2007, as a contract private first class, a rank he earned by attending college prior to beginning his career.

“After attending Marine combat training at Camp Geiger, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and military occupational specialty school at Camp Johnson, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C., I arrived here for my first assignment July 19, 2007,” he said.

Simeon said he loves his job and the routine of being a Marine.

“I get to interact with all kinds of people, both Marines and civilians and have the opportunity to deploy and see the world. My favorite part of being here is it is a small base. It gives you a greater opportunity to learn and be recognized for your hard work and dedication. I also have more time to spend with my wife, interact with the community and it is easy to volunteer for activities and other assignments,” he said.

Simeon said Albany is a great place to add to his education, which he plans to resume in the near future. He has submitted his first re-enlistment package and hopes to be able to go to Japan when he leaves here.

“Corporal Simeon is one of the top NCOs in military personnel. He was selected by a board of several senior Staff NCOs. These boards are never easy to deliberate, and this is due to the highly qualified Marines who are nominated for this position. His daily motivation along with his superior performance is what put him ahead of his peers,” said Sgt. Maj. Scott Mykoo, sergeant major, MCLB Albany.

Simeon said that life in the Marine Corps has been a blessing and is the best decision he has made in his life so far.

“You can manage your destiny the way you want here and I love it. I definitely plan to make it a career,” Simeon said.

One Marine who supervises and works with Simeon daily praised his work ethic and job performance.

“Corporal Simeon was selected because he stands out as (an) NCO of Marines and he is currently serving as the Military Personnel NCOIC and performs his job duties to the caliber of a sergeant,” said Gunnery Sgt. Robbie Peterson, base adjutant chief, MilPers, Manpower Branch, MCLB Albany. “Corporal Simeon stands out because he leads from the front, his work ethics are one of a kind and he takes his job very seriously.”

Simeon said his selection reassured him job performance is what made him stand out and be recognized.

“It (competition) was not an easy task and I had to really push myself, but after walking the halls and seeing other Marines’ pictures on the wall, I asked myself if I would get the chance to be there. I have been given that opportunity and it feels good to receive this honor,” he said.

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