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Bromley Teen Named Young Marine of the Year

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named YM SgtMaj Caleb Maurer, 15, its Division 2 “Young Marine of the Year”.

Maurer, a resident of Bromley, is a member of the Northern Kentucky Young Marines under the command of Lynne Arnold. The unit meets in Latonia. Maurer is a freshman at Dixie Heights High School.

“This is an amazing honor to be given the opportunity to do even more with this astounding program," Maurer said. "I had never been more excited than the morning I got the call and was announced the Young Marine of the Year for Division 2. I know that with the help of the other five division winners, we can do great things and further benefit this amazing program."

Maurer will represent his division in competition with five other regional Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine of the Year which will be announced at the Adult Leaders’ Conference for Young Marines from May 4 – 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He joined the Young Marines at age 11 and is in his fourth year in the program. He credits the Young Marines for teaching him discipline, teamwork and integrity.

Maurer has earned 32 ribbons in the Young Marines. He saved his sister when she was choking, so he richly deserved his Life Saving ribbon. He earned a Perfect PFT ribbon for achieving a perfect score of 500 on a Physical Fitness Test. Another award he greatly values is the Honor Graduate ribbon for being named the best of his class in Junior Leadership School (JLS).

"The trip to Guam and Iwo is one of the most talked about things this program has to offer," he said. "It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, an opportunity to speak to veterans who fought there. It's living history. To have the honor of escorting these men on their journey back to a place where they fought for their lives, their families and the United States of America- and live to tell the story- is simply something I will never forget."

Outside of the Young Marines, Maurer plays lacrosse and football. He hopes to serve one term in the Marine Corps and then go to college and major in Graphic Design.

"The Young Marines has shaped me into the person I am today," he said. "I have the discipline to stand out among others my age and to do my work quickly and efficiently. I have the integrity to do what’s right no matter what. Above all, it has given me leadership abilities and the ability to work with others, get along and complete the task at hand in the best way possible."

Maurer is the son of Erin Maurer and Joshua Messmer. He has one sister, one step sister and one step brother. His 11-year-old sister is a Young Marine.

- Staff report/Photo: Caleb Maurer (provided)