by Antonio Viva
Army and Navy Academy named former Drill Instructor of the Year, Joe L.Vines, Sr. Upper School Commandant
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