Our families traveled to Quantico, Virginia last weekend to see my son Derek Smith and his wife Hattie graduate from USMC Officer Candidate School and commission as 2nd Lieutenants.
Despite not being able to attend the graduation in person due to virus concerns, our families and friends watched the graduation on Facebook live at the hotel on base nearby.
Later Saturday afternoon, we were able to congratulate them in person and pin on their gold bars and render their first salute afterward exchanging coins, a silver dollar for a 2nd Lt challenge coin.
The two will now attend a 6-month Officer Basic School, called TBS for The Basic School, in Quantico VA.
My other son 2nd Lt Nolan Smith (pictured on far right in the last image) will attend flight training this year to become a Marine pilot. Now we have three Marine 2nd Lieutenants in the family, and one Retired Gunnery Sergeant (me, their proud father;) Semper Fi
Nolan, Derek, and Hattie have all worked in Marketing for Semper Fi Home Inspections prior to joining the Marine Corps.
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