Valdosta Marine receives high honors

Valdosta Marine receives high honors
Stephen Roberts, U.S. Marines with his dad (center) and Brig. Gen. Karsten Heckl, (left). (Source: USMC)

CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WALB) - U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Roberts, a Valdosta native, working as the career planner staff non-commissioned officer for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, was “frocked” to his current rank on Jan. 24.

Son of an Army Ranger, Roberts enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996.

For more than 23 years, Roberts has fulfilled multiple billets in multiple locations.

He went from drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina to training Emiratis recruits in the United Arab Emirates.

Originally a naval tradition, “frocking” is the practice of a commissioned or non-commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the official date of promotion.

Roberts becomes one of only six Marines in his military occupational specialty to currently hold this rank.

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