Cpl. Russell Midori, right, fights back a smile Friday as Col. Brian Palmer swears in newly promoted Sgt. Archibald Hummer at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Archibald Hummer, an English bulldog and the depot’s official mascot, sat inside the base’s Public Affairs Office to receive the promotion that has been more than two years in the making.
The dog was last promoted in March 2009.
All of it was put together by Cpl. Russell Midori, a 26-year-old Marine who since March 2010 has been responsible for caring for and living with the dog that now outranks him.
“He’s always been an ambitious Marine,” Midori said. “It’s been two and a half years since he picked up corporal, and that’s about 14 dog years. That’s a long time to have to wait to pick up a new rank.”
Hummer is the first mascot to earn the rank of sergeant in about 20 years, according to depot officials.
Photo by Jonathan Dyer, text contributed by Patrick Donohue, staff