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Marine Corps Birthday Ball - Nov. 4, 2023

Attended by Friends of 1st CEB, Diane Searer & Daisy Lagasca


Cerritos City Council Meeting
Oct. 12, 2023

     Lt. Col. Christopher Kim, Commanding Officer of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (1st CEB), USMC, Camp Pendleton, and Sgt. Maj. Marshall Cleveland spoke at the October 12, 2023 Cerritos City Council meeting.

     Lt. Col. Kim thanked the city for its support since “adopting” the 1st CEB in 2007. He also recounted personally delivering about 100 care packages at Christmas time to Marines deployed in a remote and dangerous part of Afghanistan, packages that were packed and shipped by members of the 1st CEB Adoption Committee. The gratitude of the Marines, knowing that the Cerritos community remembered and cared about them, was captured in his moving story.

     He and Sgt. Maj. Cleveland thanked the City of Cerritos, its businesses, and members of the 1st CEB Adoption Committee for the ongoing support through our programs, projects, events, and fundraisers, all of which benefit the battalion’s Marines and Sailors and their families.

     Chuck Sooter also spoke about the need for new members and invited community members to come to a meeting of the 1st CEB Adoption Committee, which meets the first Wednesday of the month at Liberty Park at 6 p.m.


Front Row: Chuck Sooter, 1st CEB Adoption Committee; Lt. Col. Christopher Kim, 1st CEB; Sgt. Maj. Marshall Cleveland, 1st CEB; Diane Searer, President, 1st CEB Adoption Committee; Linda Johnson,  Councilmember. Back Row: Daisy Lagasca, 1st CEB Adoption Committee; Chuong Vo, Councilmember; Bruce Barrows, Cerritos Mayor; Frank Yokoyama, Cerritos City Councilmember.


Friends of 1st CEB Meeting
Oct. 4, 2023


The 1st CEB Adoption Committee donated 15 Baby Bags for the annual Baby Shower on Oct. 28 at Camp Pendleton, hosted by the San Clemente Presbyterian Church. Employees of LeFiell Manufacturing Company also donated  several boxes of diapers for the Marines' new babies. 

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Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
April 18, 2024

1st CEB Adoption Committee 

in the small civilian category


"Thank you for your incredible dedication, support, love, and commitment to the Marines, Sailors, and families of the battalion. Selfless service is often something we as service members are acknowledged for, but your genuine care is the true model of service." 


 – LtCol Chris Kim

82nd Anniversary & Battle Streamers
Rededication Ceremony  -  April 14, 2023

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