MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Vehicles of every shape and size and various weapon systems were featured at the 30th Modern Day Marine Exposition Sept. 28-30.
The first exposition was held Aug. 18, 1981 in Tucson, Ariz. and opened with a twin turbine jet touching down in the parking lot. This year, the Marine Corps League started the exposition with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“The purpose of the expo is so that the vendors can show the Marines what they have to offer to the Corps,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn Beckwith, admin chief at the commander’s office, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
The Silent Drill Platoon kicked off the second day of the expo, showcasing their rifle-spinning skills. Following the marching performance, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent recognized several Marines, including the recruiter and drill of the year.
Thousands of attendees flooded more than 400 exhibits, according to retired Maj. Carl White, expo public affairs and media liaison.
White also said this year’s expo hosted more than 8,500 visitors, making it the most successful event he has seen in years.
Aside from the U.S. military, the expo also drew in members from foreign militaries and corporate representatives. GLOCK, a global manufacturer of pistols and accessories, donated $50,000 to the Young Marines.
“It’s a good feeling to know that people are supporting us in this endeavour and helping develop the youth of America,” said Young Marine Sgt. Maj. Casey Scott, 16, and national Young Marine of the year.
For more information on the Modern Day Marine Expo, visit www.marinemilitaryexpos.com.