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Meet Parris Island drill instructor named 'top hat' in the Corps

The iconic Marine Corps drill instructor is heralded as representative of the Corps' top 10 percent, and every year, of the more-than-1,000 drill instructors in the Marine Corps, one is recognized as the best. This year, that drill instructor comes from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. When you first meet gunnery Sgt. Vitali Kholodov you likely will not think he's a drill instructor. You won't be overpowered by his bravado, nor will you feel miniscule next to his brawn. Instead, you'll likely first notice the intensity in his eyes, and, after chatting with him, be won over by his humility and quiet confidence.

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Parris Island Marine separated from Corps in wake of child porn charges

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island officials say Sgt. Keith Knight, charged with child sex crimes in the Houston, Texas, area, has been kicked out of the Corps with an other-than-honorable discharge. Meanwhile in Texas, prosecutors are open to settling the case with a plea, according to Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Adam McLane. And they feel their case against Knight, who’s charged with two second-degree felony counts of promotion of child pornography, is strong.

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'That's flak': Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton on his first combat mission over Vietnam

In addition to being the first African American member of the Air Force Thunderbirds flying team, retired Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton flew the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam. Here, he recounts, on Feb. 18, 2017, his first combat mission in 1968.
Jay Karr The Island Packet
'That's flak': Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton on his first combat mission over Vietnam 1:40

'That's flak': Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton on his first combat mission over Vietnam

Meet Parris Island drill instructor named 'top hat' in the Corps 1:13

Meet Parris Island drill instructor named 'top hat' in the Corps

Traits of a good drill instructor 0:49

Traits of a good drill instructor

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Canoeing teens caught in marsh rescued by passing Coast Guard crew