Gunnery Sergeant Crystal Holmes
Administrative Chief Gunnery Sergeant Crystal Holmes was assigned to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2011. She officially changed her Military Occupational Specialty from 0111 (Administrative Specialist) to 5511 (Member, U.S. Marine Band) in January 2014. After graduating from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn in 1995, Gunnery Sgt. Holmes continued her schooling at City College of New York in Manhattan and earned her associate’s degree from Northern Virginia Community College in 2002. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C. Following recruit training, she attended Marine Combat Training in Camp Geiger, N.C., and Personnel Administration School at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Upon completion of these courses, her first assignment was at Henderson Hall Consolidated Administration Office in Arlington, Va. Following her Henderson Hall tour, she was stationed with the III MEF 7th Communication Battalion in Okinawa, Japan, in 2000, then with the Public Affairs Office and Plans, Policies, and Operations at the Pentagon from 2001 to 2004. She also spent one three-year tour at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Marine Corps Detachment in Maryland. Gunnery Sgt. Holmes returned to Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 2007 where she served as a Drill Instructor for 4th Battalion. She then reported to the Marine Barracks Adjutant’s Office in Washington in June 2010 and finally to “The President’s Own.”
As Administrative Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Holmes is responsible for the processing of all orders, enlistments and reenlistments, retirements, maintaining service record books, and auditing all pay-related matters.
Corporal José Calil
Administrative Clerk Corporal José Calil was assigned to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 2014. Cpl. Calil graduated from Miami Sunset Senior High School in Florida in 2012. He enlisted in the Marine Corps that year and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C. Following recruit training, he attended Personnel Administration School at Camp Johnson, Camp Lejeune, N.C. In June 2013 he received orders to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. to serve with Marine Corps Institute prior to his assignment with “The President’s Own.”