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Lance Cpl. Rebecca A. Newton poses in front of a UC-35C/D Citation at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Feb. 8, 2016. Newton was awarded Station Marine of the Year for her hard work and dedication. She has served at MCAS Cherry Point for more than a year with Marine Transport Squadron 1 and is an aviation operations specialist. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/Released)

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VMR-1 Marine awarded Station Marine of the Year

17 Feb 2016 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Lance Cpl. Rebecca A. Newton, an aviation operations specialist with Marine Transport Squadron 1, was recently awarded the Station Marine of the Year award for her initiative to fulfill her responsibilities within the squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Feb. 9.

Squadrons nominate their top Marines for the award; Marines then compete against one another, and the voting members of the board select the best and most qualified Marine as the winner.

“Newton was the best candidate because of her mature attitude that she displays daily at work,” said Gunnery Sgt. Melissa A. Johnson, an aviation operations specialist with VMR-1 and Newton’s mentor. “She works hard to ensure that she displays a professional face for the squadron when dealing with outside organizations to include foreign agencies. Considering the short amount of time that she has in the Marine Corps, she is conducting responsibilities that would normally be handled by Marines of much higher rank.”

Newton gave thanks to Johnson, who she notes has been the most impactful mentor in her career so far.

“Gunnery Sgt. Johnson is a role model in my life,” explained Newton. “She has guided me and taught me to become more independent. I am very thankful to work with her, and I would not have achieved this award without her. She is a great mentor and staff non-commissioned officer.”

As Marines climb up the ranks and gain responsibility, they must also set the example for the Marines under them and guide these Marines to succeed in their career, explained Newton.

According to Johnson, Newton continues to be recognized for her accomplishments, while remaining humble and focused on her goals and future endeavors.

“I hope to help a Marine out like she has with me one day,” said Newton. “It is a good feeling knowing someone has your back and is there to help.”

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