With all of the stressful stuff in the news lately, and since it’s National Puppy Day today, I thought we’d lighten things up a bit, and introduce you to a fun energetic 10 week old Marine, Chesty XV. Chesty XV is an English bulldog, with big shoes to fill! As a Fox News article states,
No one will be barking instructions in Chesty XV’s face just yet, though, as Marine spokeswoman Capt. Colleen McFadden confirmed. The pup is set to shadow Chesty XIV until he is ready to participate in official Marine ceremonies independently, on or about July 6 this year.
“He will remain as ‘recruit’ until he gets promoted before he officially takes over as the Marine Corps mascot next year,” McFadden told Marine Corps Times of the pup’s March 19 arrival. “He is a great puppy and new recruit. The Barracks was very excited to welcome him aboard today.”
“Recruit Chesty XIV is a symbol. He’s symbolic,” GySgt. Aaron Calderon, drill master at the Marine Barracks Washington, says in the video. “Even though he’s only 10 weeks old, he’s still that little devil dog that is inside of us all. Symbolically, as a recruit, we come out of recruit training as little devil dogs, and this is us.”
Both the mascot and mascot-elect are named after the legendary five-time Navy Cross recipient Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, the Marine Corps Times reports. Chesty XIV has been in service since 2013 and is set to retire before next year’s parade season. When he does, he’ll pass on his duties of drill ceremony and parade participation with the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to Chesty XIV.
Cpl. Chesty XIV stands over Chesty XV wearing a Campaign Cover at Marine Barracks Washington, March 19, 2018. Chesty the XIV has served for five years and awaits Chesty the XV to complete training to take his place. (Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Taryn Escott/released)
His official recruitment video is below. (The best part, is at the 1:42 mark, where Chesty XV is asked to comment on his career, and he LITERALLY eats the microphone!) 🙂
I can almost smell the puppy breath from here… can’t you? Semper Fi, little devil dog… Semper Fi 🙂