I probably should have posted this kind of information here before, but a recent look through a old box uncovered some gems from my Marine Corps days that seem very appropriate for posting on a personal blog.
Since I'm currently in pursuit of full-time employment (and potential employers enjoy looking online for information about candidates), I thought I might put some more stuff online that will again confirm they are considering a proven winner. I look forward to our meeting.
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I was lucky enough to travel to Guam for the 50th anniversary of its liberation. After returning to Okinawa, I sat down to put my thoughts on paper regarding what I experienced, and the importance of honoring those veterans that served and sacrificed before us.
I was shocked to get a personal letter from both the III MEF commanding general:
And from Gen. Carl Mundy, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The day I pulled this out of my mailbox was undoubtedly one of the best days of my Marine Corps service.
While serving as a public affairs specialist/combat correspondent at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California, I was nominated by my boss for Serviceperson of the Quarter. I went before a board and was selected. Here is the citation I received at that time:
The Marine Corps also awarded me with the Navy Achievement Medal for my editing, as well as a three-minute news and information radio program I recorded on base that aired daily on three Barstow stations.
During a float on the U.S.S. Belleau Wood from Okinawa to Hong Kong with the 31st Expeditionary Unit (SOC), I promoted the Marines' joint training exercises and received a Meritorious Mast for my electronic and print coverage, as well as for providing "invaluable assistance in furthering training opportunities throughout the Western Pacific."
I came back to Texas and used the G.I. Bill to complete my communication degree. Former White House staffer Peter Roussel put in a good word for me with Time Warner after a meeting at his public relations office, resulting in my first internship and setting me on course for a multi-award-winning PR/writing career that I look forward to continuing soon at your organization.
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