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NKY Young Marines Named Division 2 Unit of the Year

The Northern Kentucky Young Marines have been selected as the Division 2 Unit of the Year.

Division 2 includes units from Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. There are nearly 300 active units currently, each of which is led and guided by adult volunteers. Annually, one unit is selected from each Division and from these six winners, and one will named “National Unit of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference. Northern Kentucky will represent Division 2 at that conference in Orlando this month.

Chartered in 2005, the Northern Kentucky Young Marines unit currently has twenty-eight members, boys and girls ranging from 8 to 18 years old (from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana), plus eight Adult Volunteer Leaders. This is the first “Unit of the Year” title for them and they are very excited and honored to represent their Unit and their Division at ALC.

Their unit has represented Kentucky in 2011, 2013, and 2017 at the Pearl Harbor Memorial parades in Hawaii, and is the Proud Home of the 2011 Advanced Leadership School Honor Graduate, the 2013 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, the 2016 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, the 2016 Advanced Leadership School Iron Mike & Honor Graduate, the 2017 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, 2017 National Junior Leadership School Honor Graduate and the 2013-14 NATIONAL Young Marine of the Year.

The Young Marines is a Leadership Program for kids ages 8 through the completion of high school modeled after, and endorsed by, the United State Marine Corps. 

-Staff report

Photo: Northern Kentucky Young Marines (RCN file)