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Army and Navy Academy named former Drill Instructor of the Year, Joe L.Vines, Sr. Upper School Comma

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Joe L. Vines, Sr., Former School Sergeant Major of the School of Infantry (West) at Camp Pendleton, California has been named Commandant of the Army and Navy Academy’s Upper School (Grades 10-12). Mr. Vines replaces Mike Marshall, who will be reassigned to the newly reestablished position of Deputy Commandant, effective at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.

Mr. Vines served as an active duty Marine for more than 20 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank that an individual can attain. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served three tours of duty in that theatre of operations.

Mr. Vines forte was training Marines. He had a Corps wide reputation as one of the finest Drill Instructors to ever serve. He was honor graduate of his class at Drill Instructor School, where he also won his class’ leadership award and physical fitness award. He has been named Drill Instructor of the Quarter and Drill Instructor of the Year for his outstanding work.

Mr. Vines awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Joe Vines was an outstanding United States Marine who led by example and who consistently exceeded the Corps’ high standards said Academy President BG (Ret) Steve Bliss. He is renowned as a leader who is dedicated, loyal, intelligent and articulate and is a perfect fit to lead our Upper School Residential Life team. He will do an outstanding job working with and leading our 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and helping them to achieve their high potential.

Located along the shores of Carlsbad, California, Army and Navy Academy is a college preparatory, military style boarding school for boys in grades 7 through 12. The Academy was founded with just 13 students in Pacific Beach and relocated to Carlsbad in 1936. Unlike most traditional boarding schools, the Academy consists of 29 buildings on 16.5 acres adjacent the Pacific Ocean. Army and Navy Academy is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

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