It’s not often that a grandfather has the opportunity to pin a new rank on his grandson.
Sgt. Logan E. Dehnhoff, Military Police, Security and Emergency Services Battalion, was pinned by his grandfather, Dale Wolfe of Colfax during his promotion ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, on May 13, 2016.
Dehnhoff was nominated by his command earlier this year for his exemplary work ethic and leadership and was selected NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) of the quarter. From there, Dehnhoff was nominated for the meritorious Sergeant board.
Meritorious boards can be conducted with or without the selected Marines being present. The Marine’s Service Record Book, which includes individual and training records, provides all the information they need to come to a decision for the winner of that board. These boards also may include further testing such as uniform inspections, promotion photos for military appearance in uniform, execution of drill and an interview board held by Staff Non-Commissioned Officers.
Last month, Dehnhoff not only won the board for Camp Pendleton, but he also won the regional board for the entire west coast, which included five other Marine Corps Bases.
For Dehnhoff’s meritorious promotion ceremony, Dale Wolfe of Colfax, Dehnhoff’s grandfather and a former Sergeant in the Army Rangers, 101st Airborne, pinned his new rank on him. “It was a personal and professional honor to have my grandfather there to pin me. He has always been a key role model for me. It was like passing the torch from one generation of Sergeant to the next,” Sgt. Dehnoff said.
Sgt. Dehnhoff was also awarded his second Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during the ceremony for his service as a Military Policeman aboard Camp Pendleton. Dehnhoff received his first medal while serving as a Battlefield Forensics Operator in Kuwait from September 2014 to April 2015.
Sgt. Dehnhoff is a 2010 Eau Claire North graduate. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2013. Dehnhoff is married to his wife, Ellen, and together they have a one-year-old daughter, Vera. They are stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. Dehnhoff’s parents are Laurie and Jeff Bauer of Eau Claire, and Ron Dehnhoff of Colfax.