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October 20, 2022

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Devil Pup Encampment at Camp Pendleton

It was another exciting and rewarding year at the Devil Pup Encampment at Camp Pendleton – our 18th year! And it was a COMPLETE SUCCESS!

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Devil Pup Awards!

The distinguished Platoon Honor Pup Award goes to Southern Nevada Devil Pup Dezerrion Alexander! The Platoon Honor Pup goes to the Devil Pup who stood out the most in their respective platoons! 

Pup Alexander also held the Guidon for 2nd Platoon! The Platoon Guidon is earned by demonstrating excellent leadership and organization team qualities. They are responsible to always keep their platoon in order. 

We also want to congratulate Southern Nevada Devil Pup Shane Jones for being a top Physical Fitness Test (PFT) recipient for being one of the Devil Pups with the highest PFT scores!

Both award recipients are from our SOLID leadership at Chaparral NJROTC with Master Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Webster!! 

After the encampment, YLA and its Marine Instruction team held an After Action to hear of some of the great things everyone had to say about their time spent with YLA Preliminary Programs and the Devil Pups Encampment. 

Pup Swanson said: “SSgt Hooker was my favorite Instructor. He showed me Tough Love and believed in my abilities. Gunnery Sgt Hinton was my favorite instructor because of his unconditional faith in us and his vast source of leadership.”

Pup Alexander said: “It helped to boost my confidence and push my limits.” 

Pup Galloway said: “It gives people a purpose and a path to an easier future.” 

What are our parents saying:

“My favorite experience as a parent was seeing and experiencing my son learn personal accountability to grow and mature.” ~ Lisa Chastain

“From a parent point of view, I really enjoyed the opportunity and the discipline and courage my child has shown since attending all the YLA programs. I believe it gave most of the kids a different kind of perspective on life and the start of a promising future.” ~ YLA SNDP Parent

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Devil Pup Graduation!

Southern Nevada Devil Pups graduated 100% of our pups! 

And “they always come back.” We were happy to see Alex Wilson, Omar Irizarry, and Frederick King – graduates of Southern Nevada Devil Pups in 2013 and 2014! This made the day whole. 

So proud of all our pups for carrying on our 100% graduation tradition for the 18th year! 

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Thank You!

We would like to thank our outstanding board of directors and generous sponsors! Thank you to Mark Schick and Master Mechanical, Gene Haas FoundationAC ProLas Vegas Police Protective Association, Attorney John Million TurcoMarine Corps League (Henderson near Las Vegas, Nevada), and Marine Corps League Greater NV Detachment 186

We couldn’t do this without you! We appreciate your continued support!

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