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Naperville Marine Promoted to Master Sergeant in Ceremony with Coworkers

In attendance at the ceremony marking Doty's promtion are (front row from left) Maj. Tom Wiffler (former USMC), Erin Doty, MSgt. Shawn Doty, Sgt. Erik Dortch, Sgt. James Dillingham, Sgt. Jeff Adams, and Sgt. Maj. Tony Carter (USMC, ret.). (Back row from left): Lt. Col. Dave Owen, Capt. Frank Albi, Gunnery Sgt. Joe Stekala, Sgt. Antonio Roman, Sgt. Oscar Solis, Sgt. Javier Sandoval, and Sgt. Maj. Rob Baker

In attendance at the ceremony marking Doty's promtion are (front row from left) Maj. Tom Wiffler (former USMC), Erin Doty, MSgt. Shawn Doty, Sgt. Erik Dortch, Sgt. James Dillingham, Sgt. Jeff Adams, and Sgt. Maj. Tony Carter (USMC, ret.). (Back row from left): Lt. Col. Dave Owen, Capt. Frank Albi, Gunnery Sgt. Joe Stekala, Sgt. Antonio Roman, Sgt. Oscar Solis, Sgt. Javier Sandoval, and Sgt. Maj. Rob Baker

Naperville resident Shawn Doty was awarded the rank of Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves by Lt. Col. Dave Owen and Sgt. Maj. Rob Baker of the 2nd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment.

The promotion was awarded on Tuesday, May 1, in a ceremony at the Chicago offices of UnitedHealthcare of Illinois, where Doty works as director of small business operations. More than 40 family, friends and coworkers joined to share in the occasion.

"I wanted to share this special moment with the Marines, my family members and my UnitedHealthcare family," Doty said. "I'd like to thank the Lt. Colonel and Sergeant Major for making this happen."

Doty's new chevrons were pinned to his uniform by Sgt. Maj. Tony Carter (USMC ret.) and UnitedHealthcare CEO Tom Wiffler, himself a former major in the Marine Corps. Doty, an Iraq combat veteran, is one of seven military veterans hired by Wiffler, an outspoken advocate of hiring transitioning veterans through programs like Marine for Life and the 100,000 Jobs Mission.

"I couldn't be prouder to help celebrate Shawn's promotion to Master Sergeant," said Wiffler. "Shawn's not just a fine Marine, he's an example of how hiring a transitioning service member gives a company far more than just a new employee. We are in a people business, and our jobs require people who are individually motivated and able to make sound decisions in the midst of chaos. That's the kind of candidate you get coming out of the military, and that's the man we have in Shawn."

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