JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Stephanie E. Grundmann is Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River’s Go-Getter of the month. Surrounded by law her whole life, Grundmann, a Pennsylvania native, enlisted into the Marine Corps in August 2018 as a legal services specialist.
“I have always been interested in law,” said Grundmann. “Both my parents are retired cops and I grew up listening to their stories which made me want to go legal.”
Since arriving at MCAS New River in 2019, Grundmann, now a legal chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, has become a force multiplier and demonstrated a degree of proficiency and performance that hasn't gone unnoticed by those around her.
“She has been on par with some of the most seasoned Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) in the legal community,” said William Yables Jr., a paralegal in the Staff Judge Advocate office. “Her work ethic is beyond reproach.”
Grundmann has provided administrative and logistical support to the commanding officer of MCAS New River, other directorates, subordinate commands, and station commands on such matters as military justice, operational law, administrative law, legal assistance, installation law, and all other legal matters as they present themselves.
“She is my second set of eyes,” said Yables, “She makes sure everything here is top-notch and without her here, we would have to do a lot more.”
Her ability to complete work that is well above what is expected of her rank is what makes her the natural choice for the Go-Getter award.
Grundmann not only displays a strong work ethic but a strong sense of selflessness both on and off duty.
“Her willingness and eagerness to help are what stands out most,” said Yables. “She thinks of others before she thinks of herself; it doesn't matter what it is.”
During her off time, Grundmann volunteers for soup kitchens and other food banks, as well as any foot races that are available on the Single Marine Program Calendar.
Grundman stated that setting a good example for her Marines to emulate is what motivates her to keep working hard. “Always give 100% in everything that you do,” said Grundmann. “Always do the best that you can and always look out for your Marines.”
This attitude of leadership is what her command prizes most and will miss deeply as she prepares for her next role in MCB Quantico, VA.
“Cpl. Grundmann is one of those Marines you want others to emulate,” said Yables. “I'm truly gonna miss her.”
The reputation that she will leave behind is one of impeccable work, dedication to others, and the knowledge that she will be an outstanding Marine at her next duty station and beyond.