The Marine Corps, as the smallest branch of service, prides itself on having a high percentage of service members who are considered "force multipliers." They often handle the responsibilities of two or more Marines of equal or higher grade and set an extraordinary example for their peers to follow.
A select few of these Marine’s are recognized for discharging the duties of a higher rank through meritorious boards and in some instances, through on-the-spot meritorious promotions.
Cpl. Jamie Rinehart, a field wireman for Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, was willing to go far and beyond the call of duty to show the Marines in her squadron what can really happen when you drink and drive. Her keen understanding of how to impact Marines in her command as well as her steadfast work ethic resulted in her nomination and on the spot promotion to corporal on May 6.
In January 2013, Third Marine Aircraft Wing commander Maj. Gen. Steven W. Busby visited MWSS-371 to stress his discontent with repeated driving under the influence offenses and to challenge Marines to step up and find ways to put a halt to alcohol-related incidents. Rinehart was up to the challenge.
Over the next four months, Rinehart planned and coordinated a DUI Safety Stand Down training event that she hoped would offer the Marines a real-life experience without the real-life risk.
"Jamie put so much time and effort into planning this," said Cpl. Cody Rinehart, an automotive mechanic for MWSS-371 and Jamie Rinehart’s husband. "To see all the work she put into it, knowing it was all her, and not her command making her, was real inspiring to see every night when I would come home from work."
Rinehart has earned recognition throughout her squadron as a consistent and hard-working Marine, in addition to having high physical fitness and combat fitness scores.
"She’s a great mentor for junior Marines to take after," said Gunnery Sgt. Elba Montalvo, the radio chief for MWSS-371. "To see her finally get awarded for what she did was great and I believe it showed a lot of the younger Marines that their hard work does not go unnoticed."
Though she thrives as a Marine, Rinehart would not be the same person without her loving family being with her every step of the way. Her competitive spirit started early as the only girl in her family with three brothers (two older, one younger) who are all within six years of each other. Two of Rinehart’s brothers are athletic trainers and the third is a staff non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.
"Growing up with my brothers definitely helped make me the way I am today. We are always trying to push each other, make each other better and make sure that none of us are slacking."
Those who work with and around her have taken note of the genuine care she has for her fellow Marines.
"Even when she was a young lance corporal, she was a really good motivator for us," said Lance Cpl. Charles Nunez, a field wireman under Rinehart. "She is the best leader I’ve had during my short time in the Marine Corps. I feel comfortable talking to her about anything, and still get this presence from her that she is all about business."
Though she has done a great deal to make herself stand above the crowd, Rinehart still remains humble to her Corps and knows her work is not yet done.
"I still have a lot left that I want to do while in the Marines. For all the Marine Corps has done for me, I know I owe the people in it to give it my all."