After graduating from High School I went to the United States Marine Corps Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego, CA. After Graduating from Boot Camp, I then attended the Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (SOI) (WEST), in Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing my Infantry training, I earned the Military Occupational Specialty of 0311 Infantry Rifleman.
My First Duty station was with Bravo Company, 1st battalion, 3rd Marines, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kane’ohe Bay, HI. I arrived February of 2004. I was placed in the role of Rifleman in a Fire Team as a member of 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company. My Responsibilities in this role were:
- Maintaining my Gear and Equipment.
- Following the orders given me by my Fire Team Leader.
- Operate as point man and navigator when my team was set on point on patrols.
- Maintaining professionalism at all times, seeking constant improvement through personal study, and maintaining my skills as an Infantryman
The role of a new Rifleman is very simple. We learn to how to follow, how to operate in adverse environments as a member of a team, and we work together to accomplish the objectives of the operation. The skills I learned while in this role include:
- Team Work
- Communication Skills
- Land Navigation
- Accomplishment of assigned tasks
After filling this role, I volunteered to take on additional responsibility and earned the position of Radio Transmissions Operator.