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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Command rewards successful officer selection Marines

By Cpl. Nate Carberry | | January 17, 2013

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Lieutenant Gen. Robert E. Milstead, Jr., commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, addresses officer selection officers from across the nation, just before presenting awards to MCRC’s most successful OSOs, during the 2013 National Officer Selection Officers’ Conference here Jan. 14. General Milstead stressed the importance of attracting the most qualified individuals for the opportunity to lead Marines.

Lieutenant Gen. Robert E. Milstead, Jr., commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, addresses officer selection officers from across the nation, just before presenting awards to MCRC’s most successful OSOs, during the 2013 National Officer Selection Officers’ Conference here Jan. 14. General Milstead stressed the importance of attracting the most qualified individuals for the opportunity to lead Marines. (Photo by Cpl. Nate Carberry)


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Captain Leo Tabilin, officer selection officer, Officer Selection Station San Jose, Calif., is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Lt. Gen. Robert G. Milstead, Jr., commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, during MCRC’s 2013 National Officer Selection Officer Conference here Jan. 14. Tabilin, of Vallejo, Calif., received The Captain Robert Mullan Award for being the most successful OSO in the nation during fiscal year 2012.

Captain Leo Tabilin, officer selection officer, Officer Selection Station San Jose, Calif., is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Lt. Gen. Robert G. Milstead, Jr., commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, during MCRC’s 2013 National Officer Selection Officer Conference here Jan. 14. Tabilin, of Vallejo, Calif., received The Captain Robert Mullan Award for being the most successful OSO in the nation during fiscal year 2012. (Photo by Cpl. Nate Carberry)


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LEESBURG, Va. -- Marine officer selection officers from across the United States received special recognition from the Marine Corps Recruiting Command in a ceremony held here Jan. 14.

The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. Robert E. Milstead, Jr., commanding general, MCRC. It took place during MCRC’s 2013 National Officer Selection Officers’ Conference and acknowledged the dedication of OSOs during fiscal year 2012.

Officer selection officers are recognized annually based on the success their mission, which is to induct qualified young men and women into Officer Candidate School, setting them on a path of opportunity as leaders of Marines.

Each OSO in attendance at the ceremony displayed exceptional dedication to service, specifically in the areas of diversity, selection rate and overall officer candidate success, according to Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Logan, sergeant major, MCRC.

Among the awards presented was The Captain Robert Mullan Award which is presented to the two most successful OSOs in the nation during each fiscal year.

Runner up for the award this year was Captain Ryan Romasko, officer selection officer, Officer Selection Station Orlando, Fla. For his dedication to duty, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Captain Leo Tabilin, officer selection officer, OSS San Jose, Calif., was the most successful OSO in the nation. Along with the award he received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his efforts.

"This is very humbling,” he said. “I’m honored to receive this recognition, and I’d just like to note that this success is based purely on a team effort. It’s a result of a lot of planning and the supporting work of everyone at the OSS.”

He also said that building strong relationships with potential candidates and their families early in the selection process contributed greatly to his success.

Tabilin feels that the biggest challenge he faces daily is accessing culturally diverse nominees, but the perceived challenge is not evident in his productivity. Diversity accession was his area of greatest success in FY12 and he said that’s something he’s particularly proud of.

Colonel Robert G. Golden III, chief of staff, MCRC, said OSOs are constantly looking for the best from all segments of American society and the good news is—they’re finding them.

“This ensures a quality officer corps for years to come,” he said. “Organizations that are comprised of the best individuals from each and every racial and ethnic group are wildly successful and those organizations that are limited are not.”

This opinion is shared by all top recruiting command staff, and in the most challenging recruiting environment ever, according to Logan, OSOs continue to succeed in accessing the most qualified individuals to lead the nation’s Marines.

“Considering the rapid and evolving military environment we have and are expected to maintain,” Logan said, “it is imperative that we reflect the talents, intelligence and promise of our nation at all times. We do, we have and this way, we will.”
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