On February 1st, we had the honor and absolute privilege of attending and participating in Kevin's promotion ceremony. This was his last promotion, as he has reached the highest enlisted rank possible in the Marine Corps. He is now a Master Gunnery Sergeant, and only the sixth person in his position to make it to that rank in his unit (ever). Initially, he didn't want to make a big deal about it, but as everyone else got excited, it helped him to see that it was a REALLY big deal! His former Colonel flew in from out of state in order to promote him, and many invitations were sent out. I cannot even begin to describe how very proud I am of him!! He truly deserved the promotion and the recognition for all of his dedication and hard work he has put in to his unit and the Marine Corps. He leaves the house by 4-4:30 a.m. every morning, and he doesn't get home until 9 p.m. most nights. He is there for his Marines at all times, day or night, and he's definitely a father-figure to many of them. They are extremely lucky to have him for a leader, confidant, and friend. I got choked up as I listened to people talk about him, and he really brought tears to my eyes as he spoke to all of us. K.J. and I were even able to go up to the front to pin on his new rank, which meant everything to us. After the ceremony, when all of the guests and most of his unit came up to congratulate him, I could see how much he is loved and respected, but I can guarantee by no one so much as me. I am thankful each and every day to be able to love, and be loved, by this man. He is my heart and soul, and I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life. Kevin, congratulations on your promotion. Remember that I will stand by you and support you in all that you do! I love you more than you could ever imagine! :0)
Here are a few photos from our day...
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