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Sgt. Aaron Burke and Cpl. Dustin B. Moore use snow shoes for the first time in front of the Sierra Mountains during cold weather training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Calif., Jan. 9, 2016. The cold weather training done in the Sierra Mountains is a warm-up to Exercise Cold Response 2016 in Norway. More than 800 Marines participated in the two-week-long exercise that taught basic mobility in snow, defensive and offensive tactics as well as basic cold weather and high altitude conditions training. 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion provides anti-air warfare support for the Marine Air Ground Task Force. Burke is the section leader for 2nd LAAD Bn.’s 1st platoon, B Battery and Moore is a team leader with 2nd LAAD Bn.’s B Battery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason Jimenez/Released)

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2nd LAAD Bn. Marine wants no handouts

28 Jan 2016 | Cpl. Jason Jimenez 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

It is undeniable that the billet of team leader requires a high degree of responsibility and decision making skills, earning this billet as a lance corporal, Cpl. Dustin B. Moore has diligently given his unwavering resolution to catapult himself to the next level, he is a leader who is prepared to fulfill the responsibilities of his role and then some.


“I have worked my way from private to corporal of Marines,” said Moore. “What I’ve learned, growing through every rank, is that you need to act two ranks above your own. You must believe you are, and take the initiative to make it happen.”

Having recently reenlisted, Moore is currently in the midst of cold weather training in the Sierra Mountains, and is slated to deploy with a Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year. He reminisced on the first interaction he had with the Marine Corps at his high school more than five years ago.

“My freshman year, I was in the lunch room doing extra push-ups as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet, and a Marine Corps recruiter happened to be visiting the school that day,” explained Moore. “He saw me, took my name down and said he would call me in three years. He never got the chance to do that though because I called him first.”

Moore enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2012 and has since been a part of numerous training exercises, including local field operations, multiple machine gun ranges and mixed climate training.

“The Marines are a forward deploying force that need to be able to go anywhere in the world at any moment and I want to know everything there is to know about anything that can aid in my combat readiness,” explained Moore.

Moore attributes his earnest dedication to personal and professional development to being raised by his single father who preached about self-improvement. Along with his father’s advice, Moore has given credit to the positively influential noncommissioned officers he has been led by, including Sgt. Aaron Burke, section leader for 1st platoon, B Battery and mentor to Moore.

“I have worked with him since the day he stepped into the battalion,” said Burke. “I’ve witnessed him go from a regular driver, to an A gunner, to a team leader and now looking to be a section leader in the near future.”

According to Burke, Moore was assigned a team leader billet as a lance corporal as a result of his hard work and demonstrated leadership abilities. Team leaders are normally a sergeant’s billet.

Burke recalls a defining moment, early in Moore’s career that instantly set him apart from the other junior Marines.

“The battalion went out to Weapons and Tactics Instructor Training one year while he was still a driver and one of our team leaders got hurt,” said Burke. “The leadership got together and said ‘Hey let’s see what this Moore kid is made out of.’ Moore completed the mission phenomenally and we have never entertained the thought of putting him in a lesser position ever since.”

Moore leads from the front and never thinks he is too good to do any task, explained Burke. He guides and assists fellow Marines and always keeps an open mind.

“I show the junior Marines that it is okay to make mistakes,” said Moore. “As long as my Marines take initiative and learn from mistakes, that is really what counts. I want them to know that nothing is going to get handed to them so they need to go and earn experience.”

2nd LAAD Bn.’s primary mission is anti-air warfare, also specializing in ground base security. They partake in field operations in all climates, including the treacherous terrain and cold weather at the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

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