Recruit Platoons 2002 to Present

The Lewis & Clark Young Marines were chartered on October 22, 2002 by YMNHQ. Our founding Commander and "the man with the dream and vision" was Mr. George Pobi. Without his perseverance and drive to succeed our unit would not be where it is currently at.

The first recruit class had 27 recruits in it and they graduated December 7, 2002.

The Commanding Officer (CO) was Mr. Pobi and the Executive Officer was Mrs. Colleen Kruse.

There were a staff of seven (7) registered adult volunteers. Alden Skinner, Brian Hildebrant, Bruce Riggs, Colleen Kruse, Dave Sailer, Steve Parks and Wayne Kurtz.

In the first five years of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines there were approximately 230 young adults processed through the program over 11 recruit classes.

Recruit Class 2 & 3 graduated 54 Young Marines total, creating a two platoon series. The National Director Mr. Mike Kessler was so pleased with our gigantic recruit platoon that he came out and was our Guest Speaker for that graduation. He presented the National Director's Commemorative Challenge coins to our two Honor Grads that day.

  1. Platoon 120702 - Honor Grad David Sander
  2. Platoon 41203 - Series Honor Grad Chris Boyette (Alpha)
  3. Platoon 41203 - Honor Grad Lawrence Cavallero (Bravo)
  4. Platoon 92003 - Honor Grad Matthew Wilson
  5. Platoon 41704 - Honor Grad Shane McClellan
  6. Platoon 30505 - Honor Grad Trevor Nystrom
  7. Platoon 73005 - Honor Grad Alec Maier
  8. Platoon 21806 - Honor Grad Grant Rodman
  9. Platoon 72906 - Honor Grad Greg Merkl
  10. Platoon 22407 - Honor Grad Lauren Graben
  11. Platoon 72807 - Honor Grad Jesse Ivie
  12. Platoon 120107 - Honor Grad Matthew Khoo
  13. Platoon 53108 - Honor Grad Shannon Barbour
  14. Platoon 111508 - Honor Grad Marshall McIvor
  15. Platoon 61309 - Honor Grad Nicolas Perez
  16. Platoon 51510 - Honor Grad Gregory Fink
  17. Platoon 43011 - Honor Grad Vy Lam
  18. Platoon 33112 - Honor Grad Abigail Bambilla
  19. Platoon 33013 - Honor Grad Carinda Washburn
  20. Platoon 32914 - Honor Grad Joshua Liguid
  21. Platoon 32815 - Honor Grad Dayzsha Ab-Rahman
  22. Platoon 31216 - Honor Grad Shelby Hughes
  23. Platoon 32517 - Honor Grad Kennedy Ryan
  24. Platoon 32418 - Honor Grad

Have you figured out how Lewis & Clark numbers their Recruit platoon numbers yet?! We use their date of graduation as their platoon number. Hence, Platoon 41203 graduated Apri 12, 2003. Pretty simple way of remembering your recruit platoon number!

Lewis & Clark 1st Sgt

YM/SSgt Erin Nevarez - 2002 (inception) - June 2003
YM/Sgt Evan Skinner - June 2003 to August 2003
YM/SSgt Megan Nevarez - August 2003 - October 2004
YM/GySgt Matthew Wilson - October 2004 - October 2005
YM/Sgt Zachary Rosling - October 2005 - October 2006
YM/Sgt Amanda Robertson - October 2006 - December 2006
YM/SSgt Zachary Rosling - December 2006 - February 2007
YM/Sgt Nicholas Raetz - February 2007 - October 2007
YM/Sgt Ray Berry, Jr. - October 2007 - March 2008
YM/GySgt Holly Lewis - March 2008 - August 2008
YM/GySgt Nicholas Raetz - August 2008 - June 2009
YM/GySgt Devin Lewis - June 2009 - October 2010
YM/GySgt Antony Uttke - October 2010 - June 2011
YM/GySgt Trevor Merkl - June 2011 - January 2012
YM/Sgt Ethan Hoover - January 2012 - June 2012
YM/Sgt Dakotah Thrall - June 2012 - June 2013
YM/GySgt Marshall McIvor - June 2013 - October 2014
YM/GySgt Michael Tran - October 2014 - June 2015
YM/MSgt Abigail Bambilla - June 2015 - June 2016
YM/MSgt Emma Langley - June 2016 - June 2017
YM/GySgt Emily Brinton - June 2017 - present

Lewis & Clark Young Marine of the Year

2003 YM/Sgt Evan Skinner
2004 YM/Sgt Matthew Wilson*
2005 YM/Sgt Zachary Rosling
2006 YM/Sgt Zachary Rosling
2007 YM/SSgt Holly Lewis*
2008 YM/SSgt Nicholas Raetz*
2009 YM/GySgt Devin Lewis
2010 YM/Sgt Matthew Khoo
2011 YM/GySgt Anthony Uttke
2012 YM/Sgt Marshall McIvor
2013 YM/SSgt Emma Langley*
2014 YM/GySgt Abigail Bambilla
2015 YM/MSgt Abigail Bambilla
2016 YM/Sgt Josiah Morales*

1st Washington Battalion Young Marine of the Year from Lewis & Clark

2004 YM/Sgt Matthew Wilson
2007 YM/GySgt Holly Lewis
2008 YM/GySgt Nicholas Raetz
2014 YM/SSgt Emma Langley
2015 YM/MSgt Abigail Bambilla
2016 YM/Sgt Josiah Morales

Lewis & Clark Volunteer of the Year

2006 Mike & Pat Wilson
2007 John "Gunny" Hudson
2008 Kristine Lewis, Anne Merkl, George Merkl
2009 Lisa Wood
2010 Holly Lewis
2011 Wayne 'Doc' Kurtz
2012 Ken "Gunny B" Brinton
2013 Sean Langley
2014 David Hammer
2015 Twilla Miller
2016 Steven Stanley

NW Regiment Volunteer of the Year from Lewis & Clark

2010 Holly Lewis

Division 6 Volunteer of the Year from Lewis & Clark

2015 Brian Hildebrant

Lewis & Clark Executive Officers

Mrs. Colleen Kruse
2002 (inception) - August 31, 2004

Mr. Brian Hildebrant
September 1, 2004 - July 31, 2010

Mr. George Merkl
August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2012

Ms. Nona Mallicoat
August 1, 2012 - February 28, 2014

Mr. Derek Young
March 1, 2014 - March 1, 2016

Mrs. Twilla Miller
March 1, 2016 - Present

Lewis & Clark Commanders

Mr. George Pobi
2002 (inception) through March 1, 2006

Mr. Brian Hildebrant (interim)
March 2, 2006 - June 2, 2006

Mr. Eric Rinell
June 3, 2006 - July 31, 2010

Mr. Brian Hildebrant
August 1, 2010 - present