Sgt Emily Rowe was born on July 30th, 1994 in Billings, Montana to Leslie and Samuel Boor. The family lived in Roundup, Montana, where Samuel was a doctor and Leslie worked as a nurse at Roundup Memorial Healthcare. In 1995, they moved to Wolf Point, Montana where they lived on a sheep farm with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. Then in 2001, Emily’s little sister, Carolyn, was born. The two girls were complete opposites, but inseparable.
Emily always had a passion for horses and got her first mare of her own, “Nikki,” at age 10. From that day forward, Emily and her mother, Leslie worked on training Nikki and also added to the herd. In 2007, the family moved to Great Falls, Montana and Emily finished out her 8th grade year of school at East Middle School. In 2008, she began her high school adventure at Great Falls High School. Both her sophomore and senior years she swam on the swimming team, and graduated in 2012. However, it was in the summer of 2011 that she began talking to Marine Corps’ recruiters. After graduating high school, Emily spent the summer in Europe, as an au pair for her nephew. Upon returning to the U.S. in the fall, she signed a five-year contract with the Marine Corps.
In January 2013, Private Boor graduated from recruit training, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. After spending 10 days back home in Montana, she flew back to the east coast to Camp Geiger, North Carolina to attend Marine Combat Training. From there she got her orders to Pensacola, Florida to attend Naval Aviation Technical Training Center (NATTC) for Aircrew Survival Equipment-man and Aviation Warfare Apprentice Training. While attending school she was promoted to the rank of Private First Class. Graduating in September 2013 as a Flight Equipment Technician (MOS 6048), the next set of orders were to HMLA-773 Det B, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. As a Flight Equipment Technician, PFC Boor maintained the aircrew member’s flight gear, including but not limited to their helmets, survival vests and night vision goggles, as well as the fire extinguishing, air distribution, and egress systems on both the AH-1W and UH-1N helicopters.
In December 2013, she was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. From March – May 2014 LCpl Boor participated in Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-14 (WTI) on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, returning to HMLA-773 the only Flight Equipment Technician trained on the UH-1Y’s (upgrade aircraft).
In the fall of 2014 she obtained her Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) and Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative (CDQAR) qualifications, earning the additional MOS (6018). Between January and June of 2015 she attended the following MOS proficiency schools: Aviation Life Support System Configuration Management, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and Naval Aviation Organizational Maintenance Activity Work Center Supervisor. In March of 2015 LCpl Boor attended the unit’s first training exercise in Alpena, Michigan, running the Flight Equipment Work Center single handedly. In June of 2015 she was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In June of 2016 Cpl Boor attended and graduated from Corporal’s Course 631-16. In November of 2016, she was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant.
In September 2017, she reenlisted for four more years of service. In December 2017, now-Sgt-Rowe, received orders to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California, where she is currently serving as a Stableman with the Marine Corps last remaining Mounted Color Guard. Sgt Rowe attended and graduated Sergeant’s Course 8-18, in August of 2018. The MCG carries and presents the colors at events around the continental United States, including but not limited to parades, rodeos and military ceremonies. Established in 1967, the unit is the last of its kind and it is an honor for Sgt Rowe to be a part of the team of six Marines and two civilian employees. Sgt Rowe is also the Environmental Compliance Coordinator (ECC) for Headquarters Company, a Command Physical Training Representative (CPTR), and Urinalysis Program Coordinator (UPC).
Sgt Rowe’s personal decorations include the Certificate of Commendation (2 Individual Awards), Letter of Appreciation, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award).