2004-02-27 / Community

Two Rockaway Men Become Marines

Two Rockaway Men Become Marines

Two Rockaway Men Become Marines

Two Far Rockaway men have just completed boot camp at Parris Island. Marine Corps Reserve Lance Corporal Orlando S. Copeland and Private Julio J. Lopez completed their intense training in South Carolina which is designed to challenge new recruits, both mentally and physically.

Copeland and Lopez began their train ing at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, both men spent numerous hours in the classroom and in field as sign ments learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

Both men also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment, as well as implement those values with personal and professional conduct.

Lopez and Copeland ended their training phase with the Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented with the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as "Marines" for the first time.

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