A milestone that began as a recruit on the famed yellow footprints of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., ended 13 weeks later as an honor graduate. The significant event commenced a Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany employee’s son’s venture of continuing his family’s legacy of military service.
Private First Class Frederick R. Broome III, son of Renee and Frederick R. Broome Jr., director, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany, marched across Parris Island’s Peatross Parade Deck, May 10. He graduated with 47 other new Marines of Platoon 3032, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.
From Leesburg, Ga., the 19-year-old Marine Corps Reservist described his path toward military service as challenging but rewarding.
Nicknamed “Trey,” the teen’s 13-year-old brother, Caleb, wants to join the Navy as a corpsman and serve Marines, and his 15-year-old sister, Rachael, wants to become a nurse.
Raised at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and other military installations, the junior Broome noted he joined the Marine Corps because of the service’s discipline and camaraderie.
“I was raised seeing Marines all my life and as I grew older I wanted to be a warrior, but also wanted the brotherhood aspect -- the bro-therhood you build with other guys,” the junior Broome said. “That’s the closest you will ever be to someone because you realize they volunteered just like you did and it builds that bond you both want to be there, you are serving together and serving your country.”
After spending 11 months in the Marine Corps’ Delayed Entry Program to finish a year of pre-engineering studies at Darton State College, Albany, Ga., he then earned the coveted eagle, globe and anchor.
“I worked out with my recruiter and spent a lot (of) time at the pool at Darton, (which was) for the reconnaissance aspect later on, and did running and pull-ups,” Trey said, noting his workouts and his service since 2009 with the local Civil Air Patrol helped prepare him for boot camp.
During his nearly three months of recruit training, the 6-foot-2-inch Broome served as a squad leader, platoon lay reader and platoon guide. He talked about the easiest and hardest parts of boot camp.
“Disassembling and cleaning of the weapons was something that was very enjoyable and relaxing to me,” Trey said. “(The most difficult was) being the guide (and) to pay for other people’s mistakes as the guide. If someone else would get in trouble, having to humble myself and accept that I was willing to pay for (his) mistake usually alongside (him).”
Broome credited his faith as well as writing and receiving letters from family and friends with sustaining him through boot camp, which got very intense at times.
“(My faith) kept me sane,” he said. “I was the platoon lay reader before the guide and I would do the Bible studies at night for the platoon. As a leader in boot camp, I tried to be the one who was helping alongside instead of abusing my position so I was able to share my faith a little bit and share my leadership style.”
Next stop is infantry training and basic reconnaissance training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendle-ton, Calif. As a reservist, Broome will serve with Bravo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion in Smyrna, Ga. Once he’s completed his training he will complete his degree at Darton.
“I am very proud that my son would take a part of his life to set aside his own career goals and whatever else to serve our country and put on the uniform of our nation to protect our freedoms,” the senior Broome said who served six years in the Army and 22 in the Navy.
According to the new Marine, after his mom received a letter from him requesting his dad wear his Navy uniform to his graduation, she set up taking a photo of him, his dad and younger brother at Parris Island depicting their military service.
“May 10 is the day I started my Marine Corps career,” the junior Broome said. “I graduated boot camp and I am embarking on my Marine Corps career and what better way to step into the legacy before me (with) my father and the 28 years he spent in the military of him being in his uniform to see me into this.”