30 graduate from Bossier Sheriff's Young Marine's program

By Shelby Lawrence

Published 07/25 2014 10:07PM

Updated 07/25 2014 10:11PM

30 will graduate, 29 recruits, from the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines Class

Held at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.

The guest speaker will be Dr. David Walden, licensed addictions counselor and leadership development with Empower Group, LLC, in Bossier City. Walden is also the former director of the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy with the Bossier Sheriff's Office.

The recruits completed a two-week-long indoctrination and training schedule, including leadership skills, physical training, teamwork, discipline and confidence building skills. The program also instills the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment and promotes a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the United States Marine Corps. More than 1,100 young men and women have graduated from the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines program since its inception here in 2002.

The Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and is commanded by Instructor Lavaro Ramey, a retired first sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps.

To find out more about the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines program, call 318-965-3500, go online at www.bossiersheriff.com or visit the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.

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