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LOGCOM selects Marine of the Quarter

By Pamela Jackson | | August 19, 2010

The Marine of the Quarter stands out as the highest example for his or her leaders to recognize and peers to emulate. 

One of the requirements for selection is a Marine should display the desire to excel in his or her duties and performance both on and off duty.

Lance Cpl. Ricky W. Louidor, warehouseman, Fleet Support Division, Marine Corps Logistics Command, was recently named LOGCOM’s Marine of the Quarter.

Originally from Haiti, Louidor graduated from Maynard Evans High School, Orlando, Fla., in 2004.

“I joined the Marine Corps right after graduation because I wanted to see the world.  Other than living in Haiti, I had never left Florida,” he said.

Louidor left home for recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 14, 2004, and completed combat training at Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, N.C.  He also attended warehouseman training at Camp Johnson, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“My first duty station was 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, where I stayed for two years.  From there, I went to 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., (and) I deployed to Iraq for eight months,” he said.

Louidor reported for duty at FSD in January 2008.

“I work as a warehouseman and forklift driver. My job is to keep the warehouse squared away.  At FSD, we receive gear, ship it out and conduct regular inventory of the items that are stored there,” he said.

“Lance Corporal Louidor is a cut above everyone else and has proven that,” said Master Sgt. Rolanda D. Bailey, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Supported Activity Supply System Retrograde Branch, FSD, LOGCOM. “He has a reputation for being a hard worker and (has) a positive influence on other Marines by demonstrating good initiative, dedication and loyalty.  He makes things happen, (he does) not just wait for them to happen. He is a model Marine, one you would call upon to get the job done with the highest level of confidence.”

His dream is to be a master electrician and Louidor said he will start classes at Albany Technical College, Albany, Ga., in a few weeks to pursue his goal.  Louidor said he will be majoring in electronics technology and hopes to someday work for the automobile industry or own a business.

“I enjoy working with all types of electronics, not just vehicles.  I like to take things apart to see how they work and put them back together as a hobby,” he said, noting when off duty, he spends time hanging with his fellow Marines, but mostly with his wife, Jessica, and baby daughter, Eva.

Louidor added he was honored to be selected as the Marine of the Quarter. 

“Lance Corporal Louidor was selected because he is head and shoulders above his peers. He is extremely perceptive and hard working, takes charge and makes positive things happen,” said Brian Kelly, branch head, SASSY Retrograde Branch, FSD, LOGCOM. “He has been a go-getter since joining the section and his name always comes up when there is a task to be completed and done right the first time.”

Kelly, a retired Marine, said Louidor performs every assigned task to the best of his abilities.

“Lance Corporal Louidor is a great example of a young Marine finding his way in today’s Marine Corps.  He exhibits the highest standards of loyalty, integrity and personal behavior day in and day out,” Kelly said. “It gives me the confidence that our Marine Corps is going to be all right with Marines like him coming up through the ranks.”