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Promotion becomes family affair
Local Marine Corps recruiting commander earns rank of gunnery sergeant
Flanked by recruits-in-training and local veterans, U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station commander Michael Trevino is promoted to Gunnary Sergeant during a ceremony at the Statesboro National Guard Armory Tuesday.

A promotion ceremony for the Marine Corps recruiting station commander for the Statesboro area turned into a family affair Tuesday at the National Guard Armory.

As Staff Sgt. Michael A. Trevino received his new rank of gunnery sergeant, his 10-year-old son Noah and wife Nicole pinned the gunnery sergeant insignia to his uniform.

Trevino’s responsibilities as recruiting commander include overseeing recruiters from Waynesboro to Jesup and Rincon to Dublin, but his office is located in Statesboro.

Because of the obvious lack of a traditional military base locally, Trevino chose to pull together a joint service ceremony.

“I’ve never actually seen one,” Trevino said. “It’s odd to have a bunch of different services in this one event; this is unique. The handbook just requires an active-duty officer to award the promotion, and we’ve got that.”

Present at the promotion ceremony were representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10825, American Legion Post 90, Knights of Columbus, Marine recruits, family members and friends.

Maj. Tim John, Georgia Air National Guard, was the presiding officer. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Bobby Babot read the warrant during the ceremony. Dean Rakoskie, district commander for VFW Post 90, took part in the ceremony, as well.

Trevino has served with the Marines for 14 years, with most of his time spent in California at Camp Pendleton and San Diego, that included deployments to Japan, Iraq, Jordan and other places in the SE Asia theater.

Recruiting responsibilities first brought Trevino, his wife and their then four children to Georgia in 2011 for three years. He returned to fill his current position in December 2016.

“We’re retiring here,” Trevino said emphatically. “I love this state.”

His wife concurred and spoke even more emphatically: “Yeah, we’re not moving. We love it here. We love this community; we love the school system. There’s no traffic compared to where we came from. It’s green, quiet. My kids get out and climb trees. We’re not moving.”

One-year-old Ender Trevino was born here, but the other four children — Noel, 3; River, 5; Dana, 8; and Noah, 10 — were all born on the West Coast.

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