Cherry Point Young Marine receives recognition

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 04:22 PM.

Messmer led a group of Cherry Point Young Marines in physical training, drills, map and compass training, field skills and other classroom training during a meeting last week.

“I want to lead in such a way that people want to follow me, not because they have to but because they want to,” Messmer said.

He likes to set a good example and he likes to see his fellow Young Marines, who range in age from 8 to 18, setting a good example as well.

“Since most people have never heard of the program, you are the representative of the program to that person,” Messmer said. “If you are setting a good example, people are really going to see that that Young Marine over there is really setting a good example for the youth and is really going above and beyond.

“We teach the Young Marines that they are leaders. They are setting an example for all other youth to follow.”

There is a huge emphasis on education in the organization, he said.

“Taking education seriously shows the other youth that are around them that education is important and it’s going to get you a good job,” Messmer said.

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