Camacho, Ricky, GySgt

Food Specialist
 
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 Service Details
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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Gunnery Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
3381-Food Service Specialist
Current/Last MOSGroup
Food Specialist
Previously Held MOS
1100-Basic Utilities Marine
Primary Unit
2009-Present, 3381, MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
Service Years
1989 - 2011
Foreign Language
Spanish
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Plank Owner Certificate
Operation Enduring Freedom

Gunnery Sergeant

 
Five Hash Marks

 


 Ribbon Bar
Rifle MarksmanPistol Marksman

 

 Official Badges 

Tan Belt


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Marine Corps LeagueFleet Reserve Association (FRA)Dept of CaliforniaDept of California
  2003, Marine Corps League [Verified]
  2010, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified]
  2011, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Member At Large) (Sacramento, California) [Verified]
  2011, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Member at Large) (Sacramento, California) [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Currently working for USMC, Food Service Branch, Twentynine Palms, MCAGCC as a Supply Technician.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1989, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), F/2093
 Unit Assignments
Marine Combat Training School (MCT), Camp GeigerUSMC (United States Marine Corps)2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)HQ Bn, MCB Hawaii
SNCO Academy Sergeants Course12th Marine RegimentSNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course3rd Marine Division
MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA9th Engineer Support Bn (ESB)CLR-37III MEF HQ Group (III MHG)
3rd MLG (formerly 3rd FSSG)
  1989-1989, 1100, Marine Combat Training School (MCT), Camp Geiger
  1990-1990, 3381, Basic Food Service School
  1990-1993, 3381, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1994-1997, PMO, HqBn, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI, HQ Bn
  1996-1996, SNCO Academy Sergeants Course
  1997-2000, 3381, 12th Marine Regiment
  1999-1999, SNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course
  2000-2000, Army Food Services Course Fort Lee VA
  2000-2003, 3381, 3rd Marine Division
  2003-2006, 3381, MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
  2006-2006, 3381, 9th Engineer Support Bn (ESB)
  2006-Present, 3381, CLR-37
  2007-2007, 3381, III MEF HQ Group (III MHG)
  2008-2009, 3381, 3rd MLG (formerly 3rd FSSG)
  2009-Present, 3381, MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
  1992-1992 Training Exercise - CAX '92
  2001-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/OEF-Philippines
  2007-2007 Training Exercise - Balikatan '07
  2007-2007 Training Exercise - Talisman Saber '07
  2008-2008 Training Exercise - Cobra Gold '08
 Military Association Memberships
Marine Corps LeagueFleet Reserve Association (FRA)Dept of CaliforniaDept of California
  2003, Marine Corps League [Verified]
  2010, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified]
  2011, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Member At Large) (Sacramento, California) [Verified]
  2011, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Member at Large) (Sacramento, California) [Verified]

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Reflections on GySgt Camacho's US Marine Corps Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS.
I was tired of the factory job I had, it was taking me no where fast. I needed a challenge.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
I came in open contract and became a food service specialist. It has been a rewarding career.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
I participated in Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Global War on Terrorism in Coto Bato, Zambuanga, Philippines.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
The best times I had was while I was stationed in Okinawa, I went there various times accompanied and single for 11 years of my 22 years active service.

I have one memory, it was during breakfast chow and I was the Chief Cook. I was running out of ham on line so I yelled at one of the new cooks to go slice some ham on the meat slicer. After a few minutes I hear this pounding noise so I go to investigate. The Marine I sent to slice some more ham was slicing a stick of ham on the meat slicer, but he forgot to plug it in, so he was forcing the ham to cut on the blade.

What are they teaching these guys in the basic food service school?
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
My personal awards because I did not work toward earning them, they were a surprise for what I thought was doing my job.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
There were many outstanding Marines I worked for, but I chose to take a little from each of them, so many people impacted my career.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
I will stick with what I know best when I retire.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
I have more confidence, I know what I want and how to get it. Knowledge is power, so I will continue my education and go to college.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE MARINE CORPS?
Be like a sponge, take everything the service has to offer.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
I have had the pleasure to re-connect with Marines that I had worked with in the past.

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