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Columbus veteran honored by Young Marines

The Young Marines youth organization has named Scott Riley the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C. Riley is the Unit Commander of Columbus Young Marines from Division 5 located in Columbus.

“Scott personifies the 'we're-in-it-for-the-kids' philosophy,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He is unselfish and volunteers outside of his unit to assist with Young Marine-related activities with other units in other states. What more could you ask of a volunteer? He is very committed and highly respected for his dedication to the kids and to the program.”

Riley says he first volunteered with the Young Marines in 2003, in order to better bond with his sons who had joined the program at the same time. Over the last 11 years he says the program has positively affected not only his sons' lives but the lives of the youth in his community.

“The reason I keep doing this is that the Young Marines program continues to give back to me and my family,” he said. “It has helped us stay focused through some pretty rough times.”

Riley said his main goal for the unit is to be named “National Unit of the Year” and to move the unit's drill location to an Army Base near its current location, Camp Atterbury. He also plans to start a marksmanship team.

Riley was an active duty Marine from 1992 to 1999. He was stationed in Beaufort, SC, as part of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadraon-115 (VMFA-115) and Quantico, VA, first with Headquarters and Service Battalion (H&S Battalion). Then he transferred to Special Purpose Marine Air Group Task Force (Experimental) (SPMAGTF(X) which was part of the Commandant of the Marines Corps Warfighting Laboratory. 

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers, some of whom have had careers in the military. There are nearly 3,000 active and registered adult volunteers with The Young Marines.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one - Scott Riley - is named the official “National Adult Volunteer of the Year.”
Last Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:34:57 PM

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