Lininger graduates from Marine Corps

Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

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Pvt. Nash Lininger, son of Michelle and the late Timothy Lininger of Akron, achieved his first goal since graduating from Akron-Westfield High School this past May, earning his emblem and title as a U.S. Marine.

Nash enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves before beginning his senior year at A-W on Aug. 15, 2018, at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Omaha, Neb. He worked with his Marine Recruiter Sgt. Sam Catus at RSS Sioux City to participate in the USMC Delayed Entry Program to prepare for Boot Camp throughout his senior year until he left for Basic Training on July 15, 2019.

Lininger spent 13 weeks in 1st Recruit Training Battalion Charlie Co. Platoon No. 1042 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., and graduated with Expert Marksmanship honors on Oct. 11, 2019.

Making the trip out to San Diego for Nash’s graduation were his mother, Michelle, his girlfriend, Emma Martinac, and his good friends from A-W: Brady Bergman, Eric Cottrell, Ethan Lahr, and Zach Leekley-Musel. Also attending from his base station at Camp Pendleton, Calif., were fellow Marine and A-W graduates LCpl. Chris Voter, his wife, Nettie (Mendoza) Voter, and their son, Lane.

Following USMC Graduation, Nash returned home for 10 days of leave to see family and friends before flying back to Camp Pendleton on Oct. 22 to complete USMC School of Infantry, fulfilling the U.S. Marine standard of “Every Marine is a Rifleman.” This will be immediately followed by his Military Occupational Specialty school as an 0311 Infantry Rifleman. He is projected to graduate from training Dec. 18, before Christmas, and return home to finish preparing to begin classes in the Honors Program at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., for the Spring 2020 term majoring in Criminal Justice.

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