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PP Echo Co (Parris Island) in training w/mentor
Total Volunteer Hours 1st & 2nd Quarter of 2018: 4.45! Bob serves as a Marine Parent volunteer as a means to provide encouragement to other Marine Parents as they go through this significant & emotional life event of having their family members on the road to becoming Marines.
Bob has spent the vast majority of his life as a public servant, both in service to the U.S. Army, and in Federal Law Enforcement, so he is well aware of the reasons that our young men and women choose this particular path of service. According to Bob, “in life, there are wolves (predators), sheep, and sheepdogs, and these young men & women who choose to be Marines are our sheepdogs. They are well trained, are vigilant, and always run towards the threat. This is a special mentality that we must have as a nation in order to defend all that is good about us, and for this I am forever grateful.”
Bob and his wife, Sam, have six children, and two of their sons have chosen the path of military service. Their son PFC Zachary Boland, joined the Marines in 2016, but tragically lost his life due to illness while attending boot camp at Parris Island, SC, in November 2016. Zachary’s younger brother, Nathaniel, has also joined the Marines, and is scheduled to attend boot camp at Parris Island in the fall, 2017.
Bob believes that his professional & family experience gives him a unique perspective that he can share with other Marine Parents, and he sees volunteering as a way to carry on his son Zachary’s legacy. “Zachary died doing the one thing he loved more than anything. He wanted to be a Marine since he was a young boy. He was 100% committed to being as tough as any other Marine he had read about, or served with. At such a young age, he already knew the value that Marines provide to our Nation.”