Silverdale, Washington. The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council celebrated the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday at a packed November 10th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Station Kitsap–Bangor. LtCol Scott Reed, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Security Force Battalion (MCSFBn) Bangor, was the guest speaker. The celebration also included recognizing Corporal Laurence Davis, MCSFBn Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter, and traditional cutting of a USMC Birthday Cake. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.
Davis was presented an engraved soaring eagle statuette by Council President, Tim Katona. In addition to LtCol Reed, the Battalion’s Senior Enlisted Marine, Sergeant Major David McKinley, was also present to honor their high-performing Marine for his dedication, teamwork, and individual effort.
MCSFBn Bangor, the largest Security Force Battalion within the Corps’ global Security Force Regiment, provides a dedicated, tailored, quick-reaction security force for select Naval Base Kitsap high-value assets. The Bangor battalion has a storied past, and has been awarded a Navy Unit commendation, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, and a Commandant of the Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation.
Before introducing Davis, McKinley thanked veterans for their service, as well as the Navy League, on the eve of Veteran’s Day. “I want to start-out by thanking each and every one of you that came before us and laid the pavement for us to be here today, as well as all those that haven’t served on active duty, but still serve with us in the Navy League or in one form or another helping us recognize those guys that don’t always take the easy path, but go forward and serve in the military.”
According to his citation, Davis is an effective leader who conducts himself in a professional manner at all times. He is a stellar performer who will continue to excel and place the mission and others above himself. As the 4th Squad Leader, Corporal Davis ensures that his squad is physically fit, earning the highest average squad physical fitness test score in the platoon. He is never complacent and constantly seeks self-improvement; and also strives to motivate, mentor and educate those around him. Corporal Davis also dedicates his personal time, participating in several volunteer activities in the local community. As Sargent of the Guard, he assisted in coordinating Alert Readiness Exercises within the Limited Area to assess the security force’s response time and observe their tactics, techniques and procedures.
McKinley couldn’t pass on the opportunity for a little light inter-service ribbing as he introduced Davis. “He is the youngest of three [siblings], including one who serves in the United States Navy. That’s right, military family, like me. My father served in the United States Army. But Davis and I were able to learn from our families’ mistakes.”
McKinley also noted that, “Over the past few years that I’ve known [Davis], his performance has been nothing short of impressive. I appreciate all of the time he has put into improving himself and all around him to make us as a team better. The technical and tactical proficiency that he’s demonstrated has put him in a great position. Since he’s been here, he’s moved-up thorough our qualification process and become Sargent of the Guard as a Corporal, which is a big deal for someone of his rank.”