2017 Marine Corps Service Member of the Year Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Robert’s four combat deployments as an infantryman include a historic tour to Sangin, Afghanistan, with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in 2010 and 2011 when his battalion took more casualties than any other U.S. unit in the Afghanistan war. Since July 2013, Robert has been assigned to the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon in Washington, DC. Almost all of the members of the Silent Drill Platoon are first-term Marines, but Robert manages to inspire them to look and perform as if they had spent years in the Corps. Robert has also spent more than 10 years volunteering with the Special Olympics that has included coaching a bowling team, setting up for events and partnering with Special Olympics athletes as they compete.