I am a Marine staff sergeant currently serving in the reserves after almost seven years on active duty. My MOS is 3043 Supply Administration. Believe it or not, I like my MOS and no, it’s not “box-kicking”, that’s a different MOS! Right now I’m working in the S-4 Chief billet (logistics chief, for you civilians) so I don’t do much supply anymore but I’m enjoying my new job even though it requires a lot of work outside of drill weekends.
My first duty station was 7th Communication (Crime!) Battalion in Okinawa, Japan and after that they sent me to Albany, Georgia against my will for a year and a half. While I was assigned to Albany I deployed to Iraq for six months and worked in the Forward-In-Stores on Al-Taqaddum Airbase issuing out combat-replacement weapons and vehicles. When I got back in 2006, I went to Marine Security Guard school and then I was posted at the embassies in Finland, Honduras, and Egypt. I got off active duty in October of 2009 and joined my reserve unit the next April, though my first drill weekend wasn’t until June.
Before I joined the Marine Corps I went to three different colleges, worked at a garden center, did some overseas volunteer work, and a lot of traveling. I was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and after I got out I came back to the same area and finished my degree. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographical Sciences with an minor in Arabic.
My main hobbies are reading, writing, photography, languages, and working on my various website and photo projects. I like cheese, bread, chicken, hugs, cats, sharks, books, and throwing snowballs at unsuspecting folks. I don’t like octopuses, brussels sprouts, rye bread, being bored, and being cold. I have a pretty, formerly-stray cat named Squirt “The Devil Cat” Kitty and two anti-social hermit crabs.
For the most part this journal exists because I like to write and share my photos. I like to write down the things I do or things that happen to me or things I notice during the course of the day, and sometimes I get fed up with something and publish a political post. I am easily amused by the little things, like how my grandma keeps a Taco Bell chihuahua sitting on top of her Bible, so I write them down and sometimes take pictures of them. Going back later on and reading what I wrote makes me laugh.
The other reason I started this was so my friends and family could read it and know what I’m up to, and now I also try to keep it alive because there are so few visible female Marines on the Internet.
I don’t like the word blog. I used to keep an online journal years ago, almost before that word even existed and years before I ever heard it. Those pre-blog-historical entries have now been uploaded to this website’s archives and sometimes I even find myself calling this thing a “blog”.