Local

August 28, 2014

Devil Pups:

Tags:
Linda KC Reynolds
staff writer

Graduates of Devil Pup pose with accolades and certificates they received from Palmdale Mayor James Ledford and dignitaries during a recent council meeting. Over 51,000 teens have graduated the 10-day program at Camp Pendleton since 1954. Back row: Rio Duran, Claudia Castro, Joshua Mayen, Lin Robles, Devil Pups President Richard Linsday, Caleb Bobber, A. V. Marine Corps Recruiter Sgt. Torres, Eric Lewis,†Antelope Valley Devil Pups Liaison Representative. Front row: Dylan Hartson, Elijah Lewis, Kenny Almanza, Angel Guardado,Dylan Rocha and†Michael Wharton.

Devil Pups are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and still accomplishing their mission to challenge, educate and help young boys and girls of all backgrounds to learn self-confidence and responsibility for their actions.

The organization’s concept started in 1953 when retired Marine Corps Col. A. Duncan Shaw learned that a group of teenagers had burned an American flag at a local Los Angeles high school. Along with other officers, Shaw approached the Commandant of the Marine Corps about forming an organization to help the youth. Camp Pendleton, Calif., agreed to help as long as Shaw and the officers formed their own non-profit organization.

When it came to naming the new organization, the Marines recalled the Germans referring to them as teufelhunds or Devil Dogs on the battlefields of France in 1918,
because they were in awe of their commitment, drive, determination and tenacity.

Since 1954 more than 51,000 children have graduated from the 10-day course at Camp Pendleton.

We do about 10-12 weekends of training here in the Antelope Valley before we send the boys and girls to Camp Pendleton, said Eric Lewis, Liaison Representative for the Antelope Valley. We go training crazy. Some Liaison Representatives don’t train at all, we probably over train but that is how we do it.

Opportunities have leaped in technology, information and opportunity over the past 60 years but yet many of today’s teens find it just as hard to be self-motivates and self-disciplined as the teens of the 1950s.

A lot of attention is focused on underprivileged kids but we go for those who are goal orientated – those that truly want to grow and change for the better, explained Lewis. When you are trying to get a scholarship or into a college, they look at extra activity and Devil Pups has great influence on a resume. More than 3,000 teens apply for the 600 openings each year.

Although the organization is modeled after the Marine Corps in the principles of discipline, leadership and teamwork, it is not a Marine Corps recruiting program. Teens are inspired and motivated to become the best at whatever they choose to become. They are taught to take life by the horns, building their dreams one day at a time instead of waiting and wishing that their dreams would someday come knocking on their door.

Rio Duran, 16, from Pete Knight High School receives accolades from Devil Pupsí President and CEO, Richard Linsday. Since 1954,†51,000 teens have been through the 10-day program at Camp Pendleton, Calif.†Each year over 3000 teens apply for the 600 spots open to participate in the free camp that is designed to encourage, discipline and inspire.†Duran also earned the Physical Fitness award for placing in the top five percent of her graduating class.

The philosophy of the program was that a young boy could be as rough and tough as any situation requires yet remain mannerly, physically and mentally adept and respectful of himself, others his flag and authority. In 1998 Devil Pups went co-ed and welcomed its first platoon of girls. More than 1,600 female Devil Pups have graduated the program.

Rio Duran, 16, from Pete Knight High School also completed the program and earned the Physical Fitness award for placing in the top five percent of her graduating class.

When she was approached by her mother with the assumption that Duran’s best friend Claudia Castro would be going to a boot camp for misbehaved children and was asked if she would accompany her friend for support, Duran was quick to take on the challenge and with confidence said, Sure, it sounds like fun.

She soon learned that the camp was for children who do well in school and are good products of society.†Though she did not like getting up so early in the morning she adjusted with ease.

Our trainers were young and it seemed as though they came straight from boot camp so I think they put us through some of what they went through. It was a challenge having five personalities coming at her but Duran stood strong. She once thought that what some refer to as back-talking was a form of expressing feelings, she now sees it as being disrespectful and has learned better communication skills and says she is more respectful of others.† I am grateful for the program; it has helped me understand a little bit of what I will go through whenever I go through basic training for the Navy. She plans on becoming a naval doctor.

It is important to give children an insight of a good challenge and allow them to seek goals for themselves, said her mother Blanca Duran, who has 24 years of military service with the Army and will soon embark on a new challenge working for the working for the Southern Regional Medical Command as Chief Operations Sergeant in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

When Walt Disney heard of the program he was so impressed that he sketched out a figure of the Disney character Pluto on a napkin wearing a red cape and holding two pitch forks. To this day it is the only Disney character that is licensed to be used outside the Walt Disney Company.

At a recent Palmdale City Council meeting, Mayor James Ledford, Devil Pups President and CEO Richard Linsday and other official dignitaries presented 11 graduates with certificates.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines March 4, 2015

News: Pentagon: Another BRAC will save money - Pentagon planners have a new pitch to lawmakers skeptical of a fresh round of base closings: We promise we’ll save money this time.   Business: China’s new C919 will begin test flights this year - China’s new superjet will take to the skies for the first time later this...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Jensen Stidham

World War II pilot reunited with P-47

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jensen Stidham Retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel, laughs while under the wing of a P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 2...
 
 

News Briefs March 4, 2015

General: 8,500 Islamic State fighters killed in Iraq so far The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August, the top general overseeing the coalition said March 3. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the Islamic State, which...
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph

Turning up the heat

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin l...
 
 

USO Visit

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Actor Vince Vaughn speaks with Edwards Airmen and 412th Security Forces Squadron members at the base library before introducing an advance screening of his new movie, “Unfinished Business,” at the base theater Feb. 28.
 
 

Sikorsky S-97 RAIDERô team begins final assembly of second aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced March 4 the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDERô helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center. Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDERô prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed. The...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>