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My first duty station I was privileged to be with Corpsman with an infantry battalion out on the West Coast. I checked in still an E1, made two combat deployments before checking out as an “HN for Life.” I kid you not, that was what they had etched on my going away plaque when I left 1/7.This past year I was able to return with the Marines, but now as the Navy Senior Enlisted Leader in the battalion. The Chief.As we all were affected by COVID, I’m proud of our team, our sailors for persevering and pushing through. Thankfully we came back all in one piece and not one affected by COVID. It was a privilege to be with 1/6....

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The Price We Pay For Staying Ready

On 30 July, 8 Marines and 1 Sailor went out to conduct another training exercise out in the west coast, not knowing it would be their last.Unfortunately, these 9 lives were lost in the AAV mishap and after over 40 hours of rescue operations, it was turned into a recovery mission. The remains of seven Marines and a Sailor recovered Aug. 7 off the coast of San Clemente Island following the assault amphibious vehicle mishap were transferred Aug. 12 to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Six pallbearers of Marines and Sailors escorted each casket aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III bound for Dover AFB for final preparation for burial before being...

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Enjoy the journey: Reflecting on 17 years of service

Enjoy the journey, friends.You’ll never know where life will take you. Never would have I imagined as a young Corpsman in 29 Palms at my first duty station, that I’d still be in this journey the Navy has me in.It’s been a long road. But this too will end. I’ve made mistakes along the way, but I’ve learn a great deal from them. More importantly, I’ve learn from other people’s mistakes.When you’re young and feel like nothing can get in your way, you tend to get in your own way. Sometimes they need to learn the hard way.I had no plans of making this a career, but I eventually it become that and more. I’m so thankful and appreciative of...

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Experience with Military Training Team

My 3rd deployment I was bored. Not to say our job wasn’t important, it was just a different deployment from my first two.For the first couple months, I worked at a makeshift clinic, seeing not only Marines, but TCNs and Local nationals.I was thankful it wasn’t like 04 and 06, but I felt like I wasn’t doing my part. Like I wasn’t making an impact. So when an opportunity came up to attend an academy for me to work as part of a Military Training Team (MTT), I volunteered.I went in with a crew that were already working together for months, trying to see where I could fit in. All of them were from different units in Lejeune, while I...

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