Charles “Charlie” Kerr, a 2006 Los Alamitos High graduate and 2010 grad of American University in Washington, D.C., was recently commissioned as a 1st. Lieutenant.
Ker is stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he recently received the promotion and works as a tank platoon commander in Alpha Company, 2D Tank Battalion, II Marine Division.
As a tank platoon commander, Ker leads the tactical employment of four M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and trains 15 Marines. He recently completed his training at the Marine Corps Base at 29 Palms, having participated in Operation Javelin Thrust 2012. This is the largest annual training exercise for Marines, and it included over 5,000 active duty and reserve Marines.
During the operation, he acted in the capacity of platoon commander, executive officer, and fire support team leader. In September, Kerr will lead his platoon in its semi-annual gunnery exercise, a series of rigorous marksmanship tests that use different weapon systems of tanks.