While I was an army airborne school student my Platoon Black Hats selected me as the Platoon honor graduate. I had to go to a board against one member of each platoon. My black hats gave me five pages on notes to study for the board. The Company 1stSgt was a man named Prince and he openly despised Marines; he would literally tell us during a company formation how much займы без проверки ки he hated Marines.
When it was my turn to go in for the board I entered the room and marched over in front on the desk the black hats were sitting at, and came to attention:
Me: Good evening gentlemen, Sgt Devaney reporting to the senior member of the board as ordered.”
1SG Prince: What the hell are you doing airborne?
Me: 1stSgt?
1SG: Is that a proper greeting?
Me: Yes 1stSgt.
1SG: Why did you not salute?
Me: Marines do not salute uncovered 1SG.
1SG: You do what the hell you are told to do Marine.
Me: Aye Aye 1SG (and salute – uncovered – while giving the standard greeting).
I answered every question correctly; they were very easy. When I was dismissed I gave a proper greeting, did an about face and attempted to depart.
1SG: What the fuck are you doing airborne?
Me: I do not understand 1SG.
1SG: Get the fuck back over here and dismiss yourself properly.
Me: 1sSgt? (I did not know what he meant)
1SG: How about a salute airborne?
Me: (Again I saluted uncovered and dismissed myself).
I did not win the board (no surprise there). The winner was a very cute little female army 2nd Lt that the Black Hats loved to talk to; surprise surprise.
The moral of the story: 1SG Prince was a goat fucking pussy who hated Marines. We used to intentionally step on the Charlie Company Symbol painted on the sidewalk, which led to “Marine Down” – push-ups.

By David Devaney

David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired 2009 City of Hit Iraq with PTTDavid was born in Geneva New York and graduated from Geneva High School in 1980. He joined the Marine Corps on a guaranteed Infantry contract in April of 1983. After graduating boot camp he was stationed in Hawaii with 3rdBattalion 3rd Marines (3/3). While assigned to 3/3 he held billets as a rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader. During 1986 Corporal (Cpl) Devaney was selected as a member of Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine. Upon graduation of Scout Sniper School he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Section of 3/3 STA Platoon. During his second deployment as a Scout Sniper with 3/3 he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt). After a tour on the drill field from 1989-1991 Sgt Devaney returned to STA 3/3 were he deployed two more times. During 1994 Sgt Devaney was selected to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and ordered to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Special Operation Training Group (SOTG); while at SOTG SSgt Devaney was assigned as a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Urban Sniper Instructor and Chief Instructor. At the time III MEF SOTG Instructors were members of Joint Task Force 510 (JTF 510 CT); a Counter Terrorism Task Force. In 1998 he deployed to Operation Desert Fox with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4 and was attached to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 572/594 as a sniper. SSgt Devaney deployed again, during 2000, with ODA 135/136/132 to Malaysia as member of JTF 510, working with the Malaysian National Police. After leaving SOTG Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Devaney was assigned to Company A 1st Battalion 7th Marine, and spent much of his time training the Scout Snipers of 1/7. Just before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant (1stSgt) and led 270 Marines, sailors, and soldiers during combat – receiving a Bronze Star Medal for destroying the enemy and their will to fight. During 2004 1st Sgt Devaney was ordered to duty as the Inspector Instructor Staff 1st Sgt for 2nd Beach and Terminal Operations Company, Savannah, Georgia. During 2007 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) and received orders to Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) stationed at Cherry Point, NC. There he trained a CADRE which in turn trained a massive Quick Reaction Force in combat operations. After two more deployments to Iraq SgtMaj Devaney received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. SgtMaj Devaney retired from the Marine Corps on 31 December 20013. He now works as an adjunct combat instructor at the “Crucible’’ in Fredericksburg, VA. David is also on the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association. David’s published work: Books Devaney, D.K. (2007). Surviving combat: Mentally and physically (3rd edition). 29 Palms, CA: USMC. Devaney, D.K. (2015). They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major’s Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. Articles Devaney, D.K. (2011) Enough Talk of Suicide, Already! Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2011) Can PTSD Be Prevented Through Education? Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2012) PTSD Is Not Cancer. The Marine Corps Gazette. Devaney, D.K. (2012) Women in Combat Arms Units. The Marine Corps Gazette.

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