MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – “Committed to what she
does ... a do-er instead of a say-er ... engaged in not only the Navy
side, but the Marine side of the house as well.”
the phrases that come to the minds of peers and superiors of Petty
Officer 2nd Class Emily Riley, a corpsman with Marine Heavy
Helicopter Squadron 466 and a Dallas native.
continual commitment to the training and development of fellow
sailors alongside her volunteer efforts with the Single Marine
Program recently earned her the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Junior
Sailor of the Quarter award.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Emily Riley, a corpsman with Marine
Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 and a Dallas native, receives the 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing's Junior Sailor of the Quarter Award from Maj.
Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd MAW commanding general, aboard Marine Corps
Air Station Miramar, CA on Aug. 16, 2013. Riley stood out from other
sailors in her command by excelling at daily tasks, taking on
collateral duties and also singing the national anthem at various
ceremonies both on and off the air station. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kevin Crist)
She spent hours studying for the board, but she said it
was her leadership's confidence in her that gave her an edge
over the competition.
Riley is always striving to
improve herself to be the best sailor possible, so she can
pass on that knowledge to everyone around her.
her with the junior guys showing them, ‘hey, this is how you
do your inspections,' or ‘this is how you check one of those
forms for a physical,'” said Chief Leonard Ray, Marine
Aircraft Group 16 medical senior enlisted advisor and a
Longview, Texas native. “Training is a huge thing that we do
and she's taken it on, made it her own and set forth
programs to help these guys advance.”
When not at
work, this hard-charging sailor spends her time volunteering
with the SMP and singing at local events.
elected Riley to the position of volunteer coordinator in
April. After taking on the task of leadership in the
workplace, she decided that she would take on the challenge
in her free time as well.
“Riley's commitment to the
SMP is absolutely remarkable,” said Johanna Jones, the
program's coordinator. “On multiple occasions, she has
worked during her personal time and adjusted her work
schedule to find, coordinate and promote the Single Marine
Program and its volunteer opportunities. We are grateful she
has chosen to be part of the Single Marine Program.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Emily Riley, a corpsman with Marine Medium
Helicopter Squadron 466 and a Dallas native, briefs volunteer
Marines prior to the Single Marine Program's 3rd annual Big Marine,
Little Marine event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA on
August 24, 2013. Riley's time spent volunteering outside of
her daily duties gave her an edge over her competition for 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing's Junior Sailor of the Quarter. (Courtesy
Riley also enjoys singing the national anthem at local events
including graduations and retirement ceremonies both aboard the air
station and in the surrounding community.
“I'm just really
glad to have the opportunity to do it,” she said. “My sergeant major
says, ‘oh, Doc, that was great!' The [commanding general] has told
me several times, ‘that might be the best singing of the national
anthem I've ever heard!' That's really cool and I'd love to keep
doing it, so if this is an opportunity to lead, then I'm going to
and dedication to her passion has also gained the attention of her
chain of command and is another example of her well-rounded
“Once you hear her voice you always kind of
want to hear her sing again,” said Ray. “I was shocked the first
time I heard her do it. For her to step out and put herself out
there not only for these junior guys but for different people in the
command is really something.”
Riley's continuous endeavor to
progress her abilities and that of those around her is yet another
example of the commitment and dedication of the sailors and Marines
aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
This story is part
of an ongoing series highlighting the committed and engaged leaders
of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
By USMC Cpl. Erica Kirsop
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