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Retired Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, speaks to guests and family members during Col. Yori R. Escalante’s, deputy commander of Marine Corps Installation East - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, retirement ceremony Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 14. Col. Yori R. Escalante retired today after 30 years of faithful and dedicated service to the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Juan Madrigal/Released)

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After 30 Years of dedication, Escalante retires from the Corps

21 Oct 2016 | Pfc. Juan Madrigal 10th Marine Regiment

Colonel Yori R. Escalante, during a ceremony at John A. Lejeune Hall, retired after 30 years of selfless service to the Marine Corps at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 14.

“How does someone define 30 years in the Marine Corps,” said Col. Yori R. Escalante, deputy commander of Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “In my opinion it’s the people, it’s the people that you serve with, it’s the people who have influenced you and molded and shaped you into what you are today.”

Escalante deployed to Aviano, Italy in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson first met Escalante at Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and enjoyed having him as chief of staff.

“I’ll tell you what, (there’s) no finer chief of staff (that I’ve) ever had than this man right here,” said Hudson. “And I say that because at that particular point in time there were numerous issues that had to be resolved, joyfully resolved at the chief of staff level.”

Over his career Escalante earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with gold star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star.

Escalante also received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and NATO Medals for Former Republic of Yugoslavia and the International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan.

“If I could use one word to describe Col. Yori Escalante I couldn’t come up with a word,” said Hudson. “I came up with several, but I couldn’t come up with any one. I mentioned tenacity and tenaciousness; deeply committed to God; country and Corps; deeply passionate about his profession; and deeply passionate about his family. I mean he spent 30 years of honest and faithful service in many a clime and place.”

Escalante went to Texas A&M University earning a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in December 1986 then became a combat engineer in the Marine Corps the next year in 1987. During his career he earned his Master of Arts in Management from Webster University and Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is now married with two children and ready for retirement.

“This is just the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, the next chapter I think will be good,” said Hudson.           

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