This semester the Boston NROTC Consortium welcomes the new Assistant Marine Officer Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Askew. From his hometown of Alexander City, Alabama, Askew enlisted into the Marine Corps and graduated from USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island. He was contracted out of Marine Combat Training as a Financial Management Resource Analyst (MOS 3451). Askew’s first duty station was Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. on 8th and I. In 2007 he volunteered to deploy to Iraq. There he served in a rifle platoon as a fire team leader and picked up the rank of Sergeant. While overseas he was involved with population engagements, vehicle checkpoints, and security patrols.
Following his tour in Iraq, GySgt Askew attended Drill Instructor School and went on to make new Marines in 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on Parris Island, the true blue. Moving from Mike Company as a Drill Instructor to Lima Company as the Chief Drill Instructor Askew once again excelled in his duties as a Marine. He believes that discipline is the key to transforming a recruit into a Marine. With discipline come all other traits that a basically trained Marine needs to serve in the Corps. As a DI, Askew says it was a more demanding job training recruits on PI than was his tour in Iraq.
After Parris Island GySgt Askew moved on to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served in his former MOS of Financial Manager with the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG).
GySgt Askew played an essential role in training the incoming 4/c this year during their Indoctrination into NROTC and is excited to be a part of the Boston Consortium. When asked what drives him to succeed he simply says he is “highly motivated, highly dedicated. Semper Fi do or die.”
Written by MIDN 2/c Bobby Conkey