Friday, November 10, 2017

Kyle Grable Receives Award

10 Nov 2017, Donna Toole and Kyle Grable
Commandant Al Lieski of the Utah State Department, Marine Corps League, honored Kyle Grable with a plaque for his accomplishments over the course of two Devil Pup seasons.  Kyle just missed qualifying for 2016 Devil Pup camp, but went on to work out and prepare and in the process lost 50 pounds.  He returned for 2017 tryouts and is now one of our honored Devil Pup graduates.  Congratulations, Kyle!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

26 Oct 2017 - Honors from State of Utah Marine Corps League

26 Oct 2017 at Dixie High AFJROTC building, St. George, Utah
2017 Devil Pup graduates being honored by Utah State Department Commandant Albert Lieske.  Sr. Vice Commandant of the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270, Larry Mineer, was on hand (right above) to assist the Commandant with awards.  Each Pup received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department, a challenge coin, and top achievers, Alena and Tanner, received plaques for their efforts.  Commandant's talk was inspiring and motivating, and we were so honored for his visit from Logan, UT.  Many thanks to Col. Kenneth Field of Dixie High AFJROTC and Col. Thomas Brown and SMSgt Thomas of Pine View High AFJROTC for setting up this event.  More photos to follow when Marine Fortune's photos are available.


Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Oct 26 - Marine Corps League Award

2017 Devil Pups:  The date and time has been set for the Marine Corps League State Commandant to come to St. George to award certificates to those of you who successfully completed the 2017 Devil Pup camp.  We are honored to have Commandant Lieske recognize our Devil Pup graduates!!

Commandant Lieske will be here on Thursday, the 26th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Dixie High AFJROTC building (with Alena and Adrian coming from Pine View for this event).  I am hoping that it is OK with everyone involved if the Devil Pups wear their Devil Pup uniforms on Thursday.  We will have the photographer from the local Marine Corps League there to take photographs. 

See you Thursday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Sep 12 Thanking the D.A.R. Chapter

The final stop on our Thank You Tour was at the Color Country Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution monthly meeting.  They are now meeting in the American Legion Post 90 building in St. George.  We thanked them with a Certificate of Appreciation, an 8x10 glossy photo of all the 2017 Devil Pup graduates after the graduation ceremony at Camp Pendleton - and with super catchy big smiles from five outstanding Devil Pup graduates.  SMSgt. Thomas from Pine View's AFJROTC program attended, as did Col. Field from Dixie High School AFJROTC.  A big thank you to the parents who made time in the middle of their day to bring the Pups to this event.  Thank you Pine View and Dixie AFJROTC programs for attending this thank you event as part of your school day.

Thank you Color Country Chapter NSDAR.
We appreciate your support!
Color Country Chapter NSDAR 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

9 Sep 2017 - Breakfast with Marines

2017 Devil Pups Thank You Tour
Monthly breakfast meeting of Marine Corps League
Saturday, 9 September 2017 
Elks Lodge, 630 W 1250 No, St. George
0830 breakfast buffet, 0900 meeting
Devil Pups can leave when Detachment Meeting begins

Breakfast compliments of Marine Corps League Detachment to Devil Pups and families

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Devil Pup Awards Night

SoUtah Certificates were issued to 2017 Devil Pups at the Awards Night festivities at Pizza Factory in St. George Wednesday evening, August 9th.  In addition, Pine View and Dixie High AFJROTC instructors presented the Devil Pup George Class Award for those who are in any uniformed service, including AFJROTC, which is accompanied with a ribbon for their uniform.  Congratulations to all 10 Devil Pups, including those who have just recently moved out of the area.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 SoUtah Devil Pup Awards Night

Devil Pup graduates!  Awards Night will be Wednesday, August 9th, at the Pizza Factory in Heritage Square, 2 West St. George Boulevard, St. George.  The time is 6:30 p.m.  Pizza Factory is again giving us special pricing at only $8 per person.  Family and friends are welcome, but please let Donna Toole know how many you will bring so the restaurant can prepare enough food for endless pizza, salad, those famous bread sticks and sodas.
 Devil Pups please wear your Devil Pup uniforms. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Congratulations, Devil Pup Graduates

We graduated another 10 Devil Pups this past weekend.  Attached is a video clip of the Pups marching onto parade ground. There is a little wind noise - very windy day at Camp Pendleton. 

Not only did we have 10 Pups graduate, Alena Lorentzen captured one of the few PFT awards.  They must score a perfect 400 to earn this award. 
Alena is second from left in the front row.  I asked them to remove their caps so we could see their buzz cuts, but some of the guys must have felt chilly!!!

A new Individual Award was added to the Devil Pup Graduation Ceremony this year.  It's called "The Colonel Bill Toole Award" and is presented for demonstration of extraordinary persistence and includes a $200 cash gift.

Congratulations to all ten of you!  See you at Awards Night (details to follow).

Saturday, July 29, 2017

10 More St. George Area Devil Pups

Congratulations, 2017 Devil Pups.  And congratulations to Alena Lorentzen for her special award for PFT excellence.  

Here are the 2017 graduates.  Jan Veltkamp made the St. George guide on to make us even more professional!  Thanks, Jan!☺

A new award was added this year - the Colonel Bill Toole award for exceptional persistence - it carries a $200 cash award.

We will announce Awards Night at the Pizza Factory as soon as I can get that coordinated with the restaurant.

Good job, 2017 pups.  Well done!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 GRADUATION! Saturday July 29

Almost here - Saturday at noon sharp.  You will be blown away with this wonderful ceremony.  See you there!  PLEASE REMEMBER TO COME TO THE AREA RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REVIEWING STAND IMMEDIATELY AFTER GRADUATION.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Summer Camp Begins


Departure from St. George 7/20/2017; 2:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Early Thursday A.M. July 20

2:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) early Thursday morning, July 20, 2017 (that's night time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning); arrive at Cinema 6 parking lot on Main Street, 905 South Main Street, St. George (next to Temple View Trailer Park).

White T-shirt, jeans, belt and tennies.  No skinny jeans!!
Bring your bag with the two strips of masking tape and your name on the tape.  Also bring a hoodie for warmth on the trip and at Camp Pendleton where nights and early mornings are chilly.  We will take "before" photos before departure.

When parents travel to Southern California/Camp Pendleton for graduation, remember the one hour time difference between Utah and SoCal.
Congratulations on becoming Southern Utah's 2017 candidates.  And don't forget - it's not fun unless you've been yelled at.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

8 Jul 2017 - Saturday Practice

 Saturday July 8th, meet at Dixie State College Arena at 6:00 a.m. with a 30 pound backpack.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Practice during holiday week

There will be no practice on the 4th of July, but there will be on Thursday.  Scores have dipped a bit, so we will be taking another PFT to see if you are still qualified and willing to work hard for it.  Count on a Saturday workout, too, just as usual.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Workout on Saturday, July 1st

Because of JROTC Orientation this week, there will be no Tuesday and Thursday workouts - so Saturday is even more important.  Plan to be back on schedule this coming Saturday!!


Friday, June 23, 2017

24 June 2017 - Saturday Morning Workout

Requirements for Saturday workout:

35 lb pack, jeans and high ankle shoes or hiking boots 

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Here's to the winners for 2017 Devil Pup Camp:

Richard Armstrong
Kyle Grable
Adrian Lopez
Tanner Roberts
JT Ybright
Sayuri Catalan
Emma Johnson
Alena Lorentzen

Parents:  Now is the time to make your reservations for a hotel for the Devil Pup weekend.  (Attendance at graduation is a must for family and friends to celebrate with your pup and to provide transportation home.)  Try for Oceanside or Carlsbad if you want to be close to Camp Pendleton.   As we get closer to camp, you will receive a detailed letter about directions to camp and what to expect when arriving there.  Graduation is always on a Saturday (July 29 this year) and it always starts promptly at 12 noon.  Be there early! 

Pup Candidates:  If you have not already gotten them, please get some high-top tennies now and get them broken in.  It is not a good idea to take new tennies to camp.  Do NOT spend a lot of money on them - they will likely be trashed when camp is over!  Here is a photo of acceptable tennies - good for hiking, etc.

Also, since each candidate for camp must provide $100 of his own earned money, it's time to start working on that now.  Get together with a mentor if you need help with jobs.  We have the Marine Corps League standing behind us for much of this activity. Please turn in your money to Les Covey, Assistant Liaison Rep, as soon as you have earned all of it.  Put it in an envelope with your name on it.

Parents: Prior to camp time, I will put together a Parent Contact List so you will all have phone numbers for other parents.  We find this is helpful for many reasons, but especially if an emergency happens at the last minute and you have to find a way home from camp for your pup.

Pups, remember that these instructions are important and we do make note of your efforts.  Practices will continue and are equally important now so we can get you more prepared for DEVIL PUP CAMP!  Woohoo!!


Friday, June 16, 2017

17 Jun 2017 - The Big Deal

We have a message from Sgt. Bryce Lewis, Devil Pup Liaison Rep:

"PFT tomorrow morning. This one is for all of the marbles, so if they want to go, show me Saturday."

Correction to former message:  No ruck march tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

17 Jun 2017 - Mandatory Workout

Saturday June 17 workout is mandatory because it is the PFT that will let you know if you will be selected for 2017 Devil Pup camp.  Same time; same place.  Work hard!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Devil Pup Workouts - Tues, Thurs, Sat

Devil Pup candidates - you are SO lucky this summer!  You get to work out with the Devil Pup liaison reps not once but three times a week!  As you know, the temps are heating up, so these practices will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and will begin at 0600.  For questions, contact Bryce Lewis, Jan Veltkamp or e-mail Donna Toole.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 May 27 - Devil Pup Candidates Raise Money for Camp

2017 Candidates for Devil Pup Camp at Camp Pendleton in July at the Southern Utah Devil Pup Annual Rummage Sale in Lin's Market, Sunset, parking lot. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

27 May 2017 - Devil Pup Rummage Sale

DEVIL PUP CANDIDATES:  It's here this weekend - our annual fund raiser for the Southern Utah Devil Pups program.  Please be at Lin's Market parking lot on Sunset at 7:00 a.m. to help people who will be bringing items for sale and helping with set up.  Assistant LR Les Covey and Jim Haney will be bringing tables from the Elks Lodge to use for set up and sorting of items.  This is a mandatory event for all candidates - if you have work that conflicts, please let either Jan, Les or Bryce know.  The sale will go from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or noon if we sell out quickly).  Lunch will be provided for Devil Pups and DP Staff.  We will want each of you to be alert to shoppers and also to help them with pricing and loading into their cars if necessary.

This sale has been advertised to all veteran groups, the D.A.R. as well as on Facebook, so we expect a good turnout. 

If you, your family and/or friends have items to donate for our sale, please bring the items when you arrive for set up on Saturday morning at Lin's.  For questions, contact Les or Jan Veltkamp.

Friday, May 19, 2017

20 May 2017 - Devil Pup Workout - and Upcoming Rummage Sale

Time to start Devil Pup workouts earlier to take advantage of the cool mornings.  Tomorrow, 20 May, workouts start at 0600 and go to 0800.  Dixie High AFJROTC building, 6 to 8 or 6:45 to 8 if you are not doing yoga with Sgt. Lewis.

Remember to get your used items set aside that you can donate to the Devil Pup program.  Please bring to the Rummage Sale at Lin's Market parking lot on Saturday, 27 May, at 0700 - to help set up for the sale.  This rummage sale is our biggest fundraiser and attendance is required by all candidates.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

27 May 2017 - Devil Pups Rummage Sale

Devil Pup candidates and families:  We have a Devil Pup rummage sale coming up.  The Marine Corps League Marines help with this major fundraiser for our program.  The rummage sale will be held in Linn's parking lot on Sunset on 27 May 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or noon if we sell out).  Please bring any items you would be willing to donate for the Devil Pup program to the sale site at 7:00 a.m.  The Marines will supply tables for setting up rummage items and we will need help placing, selling and watching over the tables.

All Devil Pup candidates are required to attend this event to assist with unloading, loading and selling items.  If you have a very good reason for not attending, please contact Sgt. Lewis.  Please arrive by 7:00 a.m.  If you have questions, please contact Donna Toole at dtoole at sunrivertoday dot com - (you know how to e-mail that e-address).

For Marine Corps League, D.A.R., VCSU members and friends, we very much would appreciate any items you could donate to the rummage sale to send our 2017 candidates to Camp Pendleton for Devil Pup camp July 20-29.  Other than a $100 earnest money contribution by each selected pup candidate, the program is free to the family so we must raise enough to send 6 to 10 teens (our quota for 2017) to camp. 

2016 Rummage Sale

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

13 May 2017 - Another Workout!!

Are you used to Saturday morning workouts yet?  Best to get in shape now - because more workouts are coming after school's out!  Dixie High AFJROTC building 7 to 9 or 7:45 to 9 if you are not doing yoga with Sgt. Lewis.

Please note that as it gets hotter, the times will change to 6 to 8.  We'll let you know when!!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

29 Apr 2017 - Saturday Workout

Devil Pup Candidates - time for another work out.  

Where the mind leads, the body will follow . . .

Place:  Dixie High AFJROTC building.

Time:  0700-0900


Anyone who does not wish to participate in the first portion of PT, being yoga, does not have to attend and it will hold no negative outcome with respect to attendance. Anyone who does not wish to participate in yoga may arrive at 0745. Remember to bring a large towel or mat for those who come to yoga and a water bottle regardless. 

Bryce W. Lewis
Liason Rep. Southern Utah
Devil Pups

Remember to let Sgt. Lewis, Les Covey or Jan Veltkamp know if you have a conflict or if you have questions:

Sgt. Lewis:  (435) 668-9761
Les Covey:  (562) 477-0556
Jan Veltkamp:  (435) 673-4355