Marine Sergeant Renata May Rock, born March 10, 1986 in Seattle, Washington.
Sgt Rock joined the Marine Corps on December 29, 2008. She did one tour in Afghanistan on a CST (Cultural Support Team). Sgt Rock was also named the NCO of the year in 2012 by her Battalion and upon returning from her time overseas instructed Marines as part of a pre-deployment training cycle. Not only was Sgt Rock an ideal example of what a Marine should be, she was also a very driven individual when it came to fitness. She began martial arts at the age of 5 and went on to box in the Junior Regional Golden Gloves competition. This combination of being a challenge driven individual and a determined Marine made her a valued asset to any operation.
Her mother Cherie Rock elaborated by saying that she was always able to find success in what she did as a Marine while maintaining an “irreverent sense of humor” with everyone she came in contact with. Marines that knew Sgt Rock described her as “a badass Marine” (Armond Johnson) and said “she was a good woman and an even better Marine” (Thomas Favreau).
Unfortunately at the age of 27, Sgt Renata Rock, took her life in July of 2013. Too often do things like this happen where you find a Marine, like Sgt Rock, who personified our esprit de corps but was unable to get the help that she needed during her transition back to US soil after her time overseas.
Sgt Renata M Rock lost her battle on July 9, 2013. She was 27 years old.