A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., was promoted to the rank of corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, June 3.
Cpl. Devin L. Smith, enlisted in the Corps in February 2011, and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. She has held her current position as the legal chief at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., since April 2013.
The rank of corporal is the first noncommissioned officer rank in the Corps, and is an important position of leadership. NCOs obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks.
“Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do,” said Smith.
Smith has been at the Barracks since August 2011 and was previously a legal clerk.
“I’ve had the best experience working in legal,” said Smith. “I’ve learned so much and continue to progress every single day.”
Smith plans on staying in the Corps as long as possible and becoming a sergeant major.
Her awards include a National Defense Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Barracks Marines support ceremonial and security missions in the nation’s Capital. Each year, the Marines support more than 30 parades and hundreds of ceremonies and functions to include funerals and sporting events across the country and globe while maintaining proficiency in their respective military occupations and meeting their annual Marine Corps training requirements.