I was a senior in high school when 9/11 hit, and at that point I knew I was going to serve. I waited a couple years to make sure it was the right decision, but after watching young motivators getting some on CNN, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t make my move. So I joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 2004. I went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and was stationed in Hawaii with 1st Battalion 3rd Marines Alpha Co. I deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in a rural province of Jalalabad, and served in Operation Mountain Lion to infiltrate the Korengal Valley. I again deployed with my same infantry unit in 2007 to Iraq, outside of Hadeetha. We were part of General Petraeus’ surge that took control of a Chaotic country. I ended my service for my last 5 months with the Military Police, and got out in Dec of 2008 with an honorable discharge. Since then I received a bachelors degree in History from California State University of Northridge on the GI Bill. Now some how I landed a dream job as office manager for theCHIVE in Venice California.