Enrique G. Elias successfully completed the intense and extensive training of the United States Marine Corps and is now Second Lieutenant of an Infantry platoon.
A Douglas native who graduated from Douglas High School in 2006, Elias attended and graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology.
During the summer of 2009, he attended Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, VA. OCS tested the moral, intellectual, physical, and leadership values of each man, initially beginning with 500 candidates and finishing with 45.
After accomplishing the vigorous candidate school, Elias finished with his schooling at Arizona State. During this transition, he found his calling was with the U.S. Marine Corps and ventured back to base in Quantico to continue his schooling to become an infantry officer. The Basic School taught him leadership, knowledge, and spirit-de-corps, further preparing him and his fellow Marines for the duties to come. As graduation came, Infantry Officer School (IOS) began. The school was an 86-day course that is viewed with special admiration. Initiated by Vietnam combat veterans, IOS is mentally and physically challenging. Though its students may be top performers in basic officer training, one in five are dropped during this course. Currently six out of the 52 that completed IOS are leading platoons at a mountain warfare school, amongst them including Elias.
Family members say they are extremely proud of Elias’ achievements and congratulate him on the courageous path he has chosen. A son, a brother, a grandson, and always a friend, Elias begins his journey as a leader to a brave group of men, his platoon, his Marines.
Congratulations, may the Lord bless you, protect you and bring you home safe.