Kevin McDugle served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1996.
Kevin first served as a Marine at the Nuclear Weapon Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington for two years. Kevin’s unit provided security for nuclear submarines as they were being loaded and for the transport of the nuclear weapons in conjunction with Federal Marshals. In Kevin’s second year he was meritoriously promoted and held the position of Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of training new Marines in the security of nuclear weapons. Kevin received his airborne wings after winning a slot by competing against 30 other Marines for the school. Kevin also attended an elite Marine school called Close Quarters Battle. Over a hundred Marines attended this school and Kevin was one of only thirteen that graduated. The Kuwaiti War of 1990 started in August and Kevin volunteered to leave Security Forces to head into combat with First Battalion Eighth Marines.
1st Battalion Eighth Marines
Kevin served with 1/8 for two years and the unit was deployed the majority of the time during the first Gulf War and then again to the Saudi region. Kevin assisted in the training of the Omani Marines, Saudi Marines and other units in the South Pacific.
2nd ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company)
Kevin served as team leader and forward observer with ANGLICO. ANGLICO is a special forces airborne unit trained to provide American Fire Support to foreign allies. The unit operates in small teams which are attached to foreign units such as the Israeli SEAL Team, ROK (Republic of Korea) Marines and many others. Kevin’s team also supported the 75th Ranger Regiment and SEAL team 4 and 6. His deployments with 2nd ANGLICO included Bosnia and Somalia.
Kevin was selected to try out for the elite Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island. Kevin endured the rigorous 90 day boot camp all over again. Only 55% of the class earned the title of Marine Drill Instructor. Kevin served his final two years as a Drill Instructor with 1st Battalion “Charlie” Co. at Parris Island, SC. Kevin’s duty was to train Marines in the areas of leadership, Marine history, Marine customs and courtesy, combat war fighting skills and physical fitness. Kevin completed his book Inside the Mind of a Marine Drill Instructor in 2014.
Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Services Meritorious Unit Citation, Naval Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Over Seas Service Ribbon, Drill Instructor Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Expert Rifle, Expert Pistol, Parachutist Gold Wings
Below is a picture of Kevin McDugle on the far right, his father Norman McDugle on the far left and his grandfather Charles Oliver McDugle in the center. All three men served their country in time of combat.
Kevin was honorably discharged in 1996. After traveling the world and meeting the challenges of being a Marine and training others, Kevin decided to take on new challenges in the civilian world. Kevin firmly believes the Marine Corps made him into the man he is today in terms of leadership, accomplishing goals, meeting challenges, and service to others.
Semper Fidelis is the motto of the Marine Corps and means “Always Faithful” to God, Country, and Corps.