MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --
Marines have always been known for upholding the highest standards. When a Marine’s dedication sets him apart from his peers, he is often recognized for going above and beyond.
Sgt. Corey R. Wunderlich, the airframe maintenance noncommissioned officer-in-charge for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, is one such Marine.
He recently was honored with the prestigious title of 33rd Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps.
The Color Sergeant serves as senior sergeant in the Corps and is example in appearance, performance, and leadership for all noncommissioned officers to emulate.
In early January, Wunderlich was assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington D.C., as the commandant’s representative for all formal ceremonial commitments traveling throughout the United States and abroad. He is the Marine representative for all joint service and White House functions displaying the Marine Corps battle colors.
“The command is extremely honored to have the Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps,” said Maj. Arthur C. McClean, the executive officer for the “Warhorse.” “He is one of the most professional Marines that I have ever worked with.”
Wunderlich’s leaders believe it was his all-around performance, on and off duty, that set him apart.
“The squadron is really proud of him, it goes to prove that you can go anywhere in the Marine Corps,” said Sgt. Maj. James R. Lucas, the HMH-465 squadron sergeant major. “He is an all-around Marine, physically fit, and interested in other things about the Marine Corps”
Wunderlich knows being a Marine is more than a job. He is a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt instructor and volunteers with the Family Readiness program.
“For me it wasn’t like a nine to five job,” said Wunderlich. “It is an honor for me to lead and train Marines; it’s a 24-hour job”.
Since being assigned to the Warhorse in 2007, Wunderlich has been recognized for his high standards and dedication, and won several awards and accolades.
Wunderlich spent the first four years of his career in infantry before making a lateral move two years ago. His experience has helped him become an effective leader.
“Since he has been here, he has led the junior Marines to perfection,” said Sgt. Janty Bashqoy, an airframes mechanic with the squadron. “He is all about his junior Marines, he has been the go-to-guy.”
Wunderlich is a deserving candidate for his all-around performance as a Marine but he still stays humble.
“I’ll be in the Marine Corps history books forever,” said Wunderlich. “It won’t hit me until I’m actually standing there holding the National Ensign that so many service members before me have given their lives for.”