Personal Reflection: My Experience Of The Marine Corps Service

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1. As I reflect on the past twelve years of Marine Corps service, I feel a sense of pride and am immensely proud of what I have been able to accomplish. When I began this journey, I knew it would be challenging, but those who know me will always say that I’m not one to back down from a challenge. I set goals for myself and those goals are what drive me on a daily basis. This journey has been both challenging and humbling, and I am fortunate to have been a part of it. As I have decided to pursue other avenues outside of the Marine Corps, I come to the realization that I still have the desire to continue serving my country. I love what I do. I enjoy flying challenging missions in a dynamic environment. I enjoy the comradery of the military …show more content…
Like many aviators, I had aspirations of becoming a military pilot at a very young age. As I entered college, those aspirations inched closer to reality as I was accepted into the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate Program. After a lot of hard work, and a few sacrificed college summers later, I completed my officer training and earned a guaranteed flight contract prior to graduating. Following graduation, six months of The Basic School in Quantico, VA, and approximately two years of flight training in NAS Pensacola, I checked into HMH-465 in San Diego, CA as a CH-53E pilot. On the day I checked into the squadron I was told I would be deploying as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). I was soon absorbed in a culture of expeditionary sea-based …show more content…
As I look back at my career, the experiences I have gained both as a pilot and a ground officer have provided a valuable experience base that I will continue to build upon as a Coast Guard officer. The most satisfying part being a leader is knowing I’ve had an impact on those around me. On multiple occasions I have had the pleasure of being asked to promote a Marine I once served with. On several other occasions I’ve received calls or text to be recognized by a Marine for being a big part of the reason for their current success. Those events are by far the most satisfying times I’ve had during my almost dozen years in the Marine Corps. I hope to continue this pattern as a member of the Coast

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