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Azle teen named ‘Younger Marine of the 12 months,’ will escort WWII vets to Iwo Jima | Life

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the 4th Division Young Marine of the Year – Sgt. Maj. William Jenson, 16, of Azle.

He is a member of the Tarrant County Young Marines from Fort Worth under the command of Dan Hall. Jenson is in his sophomore year at Excel Academy.

Division 4 includes nine states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Later in the year, Jenson will travel to other units across the division as Young Marine of the Year to guide, motivate, and serve as role models for other Young Marines.

Jenson will also accompany WWII veterans for the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima in the fall of 2021. Iwo Jima Island is only open one day each year for this special gathering of Japanese and American veterans.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to improve the program and work with new people,” said Jenson. “I have big plans for this year and I will do whatever I can to help this department and the Young Marines program as a whole.”

Jenson joined the Young Marines at the age of 9 and is in his sixth year in the program.

“I came to Young Marines because I wanted a challenge,” he said. “I had tried a different group and different sports, but I knew that they would not allow me to reach my full potential. I saw Young Marines parade for the first time and signed up as soon as I got home. “

Jenson was named Regimental Young Marine of the Year and received the Drug Enforcement Agency device at age 10. He graduated from Junior Leadership, Senior Leadership and Advanced Leadership, where he was among the top 10.

Outside of the Young Marines, he plays guitar for a band and is an avid skateboarder.

After high school, Jenson hopes to join the Marine Corps and said he expected to become a security company later.

“I absolutely believe that Young Marines will help me achieve these goals,” he said. “This program taught me so much, and the leadership roles for the program gave me the experience I need to succeed in the Marine Corps.”

“William Jenson is an exceptional young Marine,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of Young Marines. “All of our division winners show great leadership and awe of veterans. Everyone lives the healthy, drug-free lifestyle that is a foundation of the Young Marines program. “

He is the son of Jon and Vickie Jenson. He has a sister.

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine of the Year division must meet stringent requirements, such as: B. Graduating from the Young Marines’ National Leadership Academy Advanced Leadership School, maintaining high academic performance, and maintaining a high standard of physical fitness.

In the spring, Jenson will represent his division in competition with five other division winners for the title of National Young Marine of the Year.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines are a national, nonprofit youth education and service program for boys and girls ages 8 through high school. The Young Marines promote the spiritual, moral, and physical development of their members. The program focuses on teaching the values ​​of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so that members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 235 units with 8,000 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in a variety of businesses grown other countries.

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