Mar 31

PI022: Graduation Gifts For Your New Marine

Graduation Ceremony MCRD PI

Graduation Day is finally here and you are so proud.  You don’t need to buy anything at all, but wouldn’t it be nice to give a little token to recognize the hard work your son or daughter put into becoming a Marine?  But what do you get someone who just graduated boot camp?  Here are …

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Mar 24

PI021: Month in Review


  It’s been a busy month for Parris Island. On March 15th the 17th Annual Parris Island Sprint Triathlon took place and I’m proud to say I know some of the people who participated.  Congratulations to everyone!                       Wednesday March 19th at 11 am the Marine Corps …

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Feb 26

PI020: Parris Island Posts New Sergeant Major

Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck turns in his sword of office to Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2014, as part of a relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.

Story by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill Friday, February 2, 2014 PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – The Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Eastern Recruiting Region headquartered here welcomed a new Sergeant Major Feb. 21, 2014, although his retiring predecessor will not be going far. Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Marine …

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Feb 12

Freezing Rain Advisory In Effect Until February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Update From the Official Parris Island Website: “Due to potentially hazardous weather expected to impact the local area tonight and tomorrow, Parris Island will not open to visitors or nonessential personnel until 9 a.m. Feb. 13, 2014. The motivation run scheduled for tomorrow morning has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution for those visiting …

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Feb 09

PI019: Have Commissaries Reached Their Expiration Date?

PI Commissary Meat Counter

Commissaries are grocery stores that sell items at cost to active duty, retirees and dependents.  They are considered a valuable non-pay benefit because they provide a way for military families to put quality food on the table no matter where they are stationed.  In response to mandatory budget cuts, the Department of Defense (DOD) is …

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Jan 28

Ice Storm Warning in Effect for Beaufort South Carolina And Parris Island

Winter Storm 2014

All of the ice is melted and although the weather is still a little colder than I would like, temperatures are moderate and all is back to normal. Update From the Official Parris Island Website: “Parris Island will resume normal operations Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, but there will NOT be a motivation run in the morning.” …

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Jan 10

PI018 Cold Weather Hits Parris Island

Hat, gloves and scarf to keep you warm

Wow, we are experiencing a colder than normal January in Beaufort!  If you are visiting Parris Island in the next few months, be sure to keep an eye on the weather.  Recently our temperatures have been north of chilly, but Saturday the high is expected to reach 70 degrees!  With such wild mood swings from …

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Nov 28

PI017: Remembering One Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

  This week the Marine Corps Graduation took place two days early instead of Friday because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  As I thought about all of the families who traveled here this week to see their loved ones graduate I wondered where they would be for Thanksgiving.  Would they make it home before the holiday …

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Nov 11

PI016: How To Celebrate Veterans Day

GySgt Michael Basilone

  Ah Veterans Day, another day off from work.   I love having a three day weekend, but as a Marine spouse, the day has a special meaning for me and so I would like to offer a few suggestions to make your Veterans Day even better than just another holiday. 1.  Attend a parade – …

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Nov 04

PI015: What Is The Colors Ceremony And Why Should I Attend?

Morning Colors Ceremony

Each day on every Marine Corps Post throughout the world Marines hoist morning colors.  In this blog post I want to give you a little background on what the ceremony is and why, when you visit Parris Island for a recruit graduation, you must include morning colors on your to-do list. What are colors? Morning …

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