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March 22, 2014

Local Marine recruiter honored by Council

TIFTON — Sgt. Michael Anthony Trevino was recognized at Thursday evening’s City Council workshop with the presentation of a proclamation to honor him for his great service to the community.

The proclamation, which was read by Mayor Jamie Cater, states that Trevino was assigned to duty as a Marine recruiter at the Permanent Contact Station in Tifton on May 26, 2011. He has tirelessly performed his duties in a professional manner, serving the city of Tifton and the surrounding areas. He has continuously displayed those qualities of Marines which reinforce and expand on the trust and confidence of the American people and the people of the state of Georgia - in the United States Marines.

Trevino has sought and found more than 50 sons and daughters of Georgia to earn the title U.S. Marine, thereby continuing to shape the future of the U.S. Marine Corps. His contributions to the community have served to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, while creating conditions for personal and professional success for those he led.

Trevino’s professional excellence and achievements as a Marine recruiter have not come without great personal sacrifice.

In appreciation of the leadership and excellence in service Trevino has shown to the Tifton community, the council also presented him with a key to the city and the Georgia flag that was flown Wednesday at City Hall on Ridge Avenue in recognition of Trevino.

After the crowd applauded, Trevino thanked the city and the recruiting staff sitting in the audience, who laughed when Trevino said he had no idea about the presentation. He said he assumed an award was being given to one of his students.

“I appreciate it,” he said, smiling. “It’s been my goal since I’ve got here. I outlined as big of a plan as I could in order to serve the community the best I could because I found that serving the community, I didn’t have to recruit anybody. They all came to me for advice and they all came to me whenever they had an idea of their future plans. Their mothers and fathers came to me before the applicants did. That to me was working smarter rather than harder. So, I just started turning it into the community.”

Trevino said being a city boy from Los Angeles, Calif., Tifton has been his home for the last three years.

“I definitely learned a great deal about being humbled and just overall faith in everything,” he commented. “And, I really do appreciate it. Thank you very much. This is a great honor and I’m not going to forget it.”

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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