U.S. Marines Sgt. (E-5) Reid Trenhaile, a Hannibal native, returned Nov. 4 to be promoted to Staff Sgt. (E-6), with family members and friends witnessing the ceremony at the Mark Twain Brewery.

U.S. Marines Sgt. (E-5) Reid Trenhaile, a Hannibal native, returned Nov. 4 to be promoted to Staff Sgt. (E-6), with family members and friends witnessing the ceremony at the Mark Twain Brewery.

Trenhaile was proud of his promotion, explaining prior to the ceremony that, “On average, Marines pick up SSgt. after their 8-year mark in the Marines, and I'm only at 7.5 years. This is significant, because it is the first Staff Non Commissioned Officer rank in the Marines.”

Trenhaile believes his promotion to staff sergeant was the result of his work ethic, adding, “I'm always striving to do more to push myself and my peers. … The Marine Corps has high missions and high standards.”

His ceremony was led by Major Nicole Bastian, commanding officer of the Marines recruiting station in St. Louis, and her commanding officer, S. Major Hector (Soto) Sotorodriguez. Bastian explained she is the first female commander of her station, and it is “quite a privilege.” She joined the Marines because, “it was the biggest challenge out there.”

During the ceremony, Trenhaile said he was humbled by the turnout of people attending the ceremony, adding, “I think all of us in any walk of life have a drive to do something better. ... I take pride in it being said I rub off on people.”

In an interview before the ceremony, Trenhaile said he chose the Marines, “because I felt what the Marines stood for was the biggest challenge. They have the best military leadership, and they have the most respect (from the public).”

As a recruiter in St. Peters, he has recruited 11 Marines since beginning his assignment in May of this year. Trenhaile said he hopes people will see how important military service is and, “look into some of the awesome educational and technical skill benefits that are associated with the Marines.” He is at the Recruiting Sub-Station St. Peters, 264 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peters, Mo.

The Marine Corps offers “a lot of good things,” he said. “You get college paid for and get technical skills. … I really enjoy everything in the Marine Corps.”

A 2006 Hannibal High graduate, Trenhaile attended a community college before enlisting in the Marines in 2009. His boot camp was in San Diego. He is a helicopter mechanic, explaining that his current duty as recruiter is a three-year assignment.

Trenhaile and his wife, Samantha, have two children, ages 5 and 6. His parents are Randy and Kathleen Trenhaile of Hannibal, and his siblings are Paul, Cassity and John, all of Hannibal.

Trenhaile introduced Staff Sgt. Thomas Aucutt, the Marine recruiter in the Hannibal-Quincy area.

Aucutt has served one deployment in Bahrain, a small country off Saudi Arabia. He plans a 20-year career in the Marines.

Aucutt may be contacted at the Marine Corps Recruiting Command/Permanent Contact Station Quincy, 5311 Oak St. Plaza, Quincy, Ill. 62301, or by phone at 217-222-1966/5569.

See more pictures of Trenhaile in a photo gallery.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.