Ma­rine hon­ored for 30 years’ ser­vice

Sergeant Ma­jor Barry Frain Jr. re­tires from Ma­rine Corps

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Re­tir­ing af­ter serv­ing 30 years in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps, Sergeant Ma­jor Barry L. Frain Jr., USMC, of Blan­don, was hon­ored dur­ing a cer­e­mony hosted by the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Ma­rine Avi­a­tion Lo­gis­tics Squadron 49 on June 17 at St­wart Air Na­tional Guard Base, New­burgh, N.Y.

A 1986 Boy­er­town Area High School alum­nus, Frain served in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps, with four years ac­tive duty and 26 years ac­tive re­serves. He served in Desert Storm and Iraq twice.

“There was a for­mal re­lief and ap­point­ment fol­lowed by the re­tire­ment cer­e­mony at the base in New­burgh NY. The Ma­rine band from New Or­leans was present. We had over 80 guests and 400 Marines ei­ther in or at the cer­e­mony,” said Frain. “I will miss the Ma­rine Corps fam­ily, but have been re­lived of a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Frain said he has been blessed with the op­por­tu­nity to work with so many tal­ented lead­ers and in­di­vid­u­als.

“The priv­i­lege to lead so may in so many dif­fer­ent as­pects is by far my most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. His plans for af­ter re­tire­ment? “I have a lot of week­ends with my fam­ily to make up,” he said.

Frain mar­ried his high school sweet­heart, Stacey (Sur­mick) Frain.

“Stacey has been part of this

“The priv­i­lege to lead so may in so many dif­fer­ent as­pects is by far my most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” — Sergeant Ma­jor Barry L. Frain Jr., USMC

amaz­ing jour­ney from day one.”

They have a son, Cody, 25, and a daugh­ter, Kylie, 14. They cur­rently re­side in Blan­don.

Frain cur­rently works as the As­sis­tant Plant Man­ager at East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing Deka Bat­ter­ies.

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Re­tir­ing U.S. Ma­rine Corps Sergeant Ma­jor Barry L. Frain Jr. USMC, Blan­don, with his wife Stacey, dur­ing the re­tire­ment cer­e­mony hosted by the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Ma­rine Avi­a­tion Lo­gis­tics Squadron 49 at St­wart Air Na­tional Guard Base, New­burgh, N.Y., on June 17.

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