In 2011, I had the good fortune to travel to travel from Pennsylvania to Paris Island, South Carolina to witness the graduation of Alex, my "surrogate son," from the United States Marine Core (USMC) Boot Camp. Alex, who grew up in our neighborhood and had spent equally half his life at our house as at his own, was less than 6 months out of high school. And while we had misgivings about giving him up to the great big world so young, we were nothing short of proud at the person our "son" had become.
I was reminded of Alex - of who he is at his core and what he is doing in his miltary career - as we recently fought thru slightly less dangerous conditions at work as a major project approached deadline and I reached out to colleagues both internally and externally for help.
Our United States military training academies receive recruits from all over the country, with all different educational and socio-economic backgrounds, and turn them into the best and the brightest for which this country can be proud. More than individual success statistics, these graduating marines form a unit which marches to a common leader; a unit which must join together to meet the goal, which will support their comrades on their journey together no matter what. Integrity. You can count on your fellow marine.
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