The Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 7 by hosting a birthday ball.
For 240 years, all over the world, Marines, their families, and friends have celebrated the founding of the Corps (Nov. 10, 1775) with this type of celebration.
The guest speaker at this year’s ball will be Gunnery Sergeant William Forsee, USMC, of Cherry Point, N.C. Forsee is an alumnus of the RULH MCJROTC program.
Gunnery Sergeant William Forsee enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program on May 8, 2003, in Columbus. After he graduated from RULH High School in 2003, he departed for recruit training at Parris Island, S.C. in September of 2003. After completing recruit training, Private First Class Forsee was assigned to Marine Combat Training, Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger, N.C.
Upon graduation, Private First Class Forsee was reassigned to Aviation Structures and Hydraulics Mechanic Course in Pensacola, Fla.
On July 16, 2004, Lance Corporal Forsee was transferred to Marine Attack Training Squadron 203, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2D Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, N.C. During his time at the squadron, he was selected as Marine of the Quarter in 2005, and attended the Corporals Course at Cherry Point in 2006. In 2008, he attended the Sergeants Course at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Camp Geiger, N.C., where he received honors from the President of Marine Corps University.
On July 7, 2008, Sergeant Forsee was transferred to Basic Recruiters Course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. Upon completion, he was assigned as a Recruiter with Recruiting Sub-Station in Xenia. During his tour as a Recruiter, he served as the Assistant Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant and received the award of Marine Recruiter of the Month for April 2011.
In November of 2011, Staff Sergeant Forsee was transferred to Marine Attack Squadron 231, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2D Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point. Staff Sergeant Forsee was deployed to Afghanistan from September 2012 to May 2013. On Sept. 2, 2014, Staff Sergeant Forsee was temporarily assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 365 in support of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. On Aug. 1, 2015, Staff Sergeant Forsee was promoted to his present rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
His personal awards consist of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Gunnery Sergeant Forsee is married to the former Jessica Marie Young of Batavia. Jessica has been a dedicated Marine spouse for 11 years. They have two children, Devin and Paige.
The MCJROTC invites all veterans to join them for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Nov. 7 in the RULH HIgh School gymnasium. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by calling the JROTC office at RULH High School or at the door on the evening of the event. For more information, call Sergeant Major Otis Kokensparger during working hours at 937-392-7016.