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NCO of the Quarter Corporal Hernando Martinez Jr. starts his day off running laps on the flight deack with other Marines from the Corporal's course he is currently in. The Pittsburg, Calif. native keeps physical fitness a priority as shown by his current 296 PFT score.

Photo by LCpl. Timothy M. Stewman

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4 May 2007 | Staff Sgt. Matthew O. Holly 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

ABOARD THE USS BONHOMME RICHARD (May 4, 2007) -- The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, currently underway during its first leg of a Western Pacific deployment, has announced the unit Marine and NCO of the Quarter.

Corporal Hernando R. Martinez, a navigational aids technician for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-163 (Rein), takes the honors of non-commissioned officer of the quarter, while Lance Cpl. Gabrielle G. Reynoso, a wireman from the Command Element communications section holds the title of Marine of the Quarter.

Martinez, a Pittsburg, Calif. native, volunteered for and is currently participating in the MEU’s Corporal’s Course, in which he currently ranks near the top of his class.

“He is a true ‘shoot and move on’ Marine,” said Gunnery Sgt. George M. Bravenec, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of marine air traffic control mobile team for HMM-163 (Rein).  “He does not have to be micromanaged.” 

Bravenec continued that Martinez, who has been in the Marine Corps for more than two years, always strives for excellence and has a great attitude that exemplifies esprit de corps.

Reynoso, a Nampa, Idaho native, has been in the Marine Corps for a mere 17 months.

“Her motivation and devotion to duty sets her apart from other Marines,” said Gunnery Sgt. Thomas B. Lanham, radio chief with the 13th MEU.  “She strives to improve herself physically and mentally.  She has strong character and is professional and mature.”

Since joining the Marine Corps, Reynoso sites one of her many highlights is meeting President George W. Bush during his visit to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. last year.  She plans to reenlist and put in a package to become a drill instructor.

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