Military Life: Celebrating 20 Years

As some of you may know I have been serving in the military since I graduated high school.  It was
something that I had wanted to do since I was a young child.  I believe most of my family pretty much knew it was going to happen and supported my decision, at the same time they worried about me as soon as I left for boot camp! During all my enlistment I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing people, see places and things that most will only dream about, but at the same time some of these places have made me truly appreciate what I have in life.

This weekend marks the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps, and we had our ball to celebrate it this past Friday. This one is considerably special due to the fact that this will be my last while on active duty.  For the last 20 years I have attended each and will cherish all as I was able to celebrate with my fellow Marine brothers and sisters.  Every year we pull out our dress blue uniform, that most people recognize, go over every inch to make sure everything on it is within military regulation.  We take pride in all we do especially when it comes to wearing our dress blues.  Its basic form of a blue jacket with red trim dates back to the 19th century. It is the only U.S. military uniform that incorporates all three colors of the U.S. flag. There are three different variations of the Dress uniform: Evening Dress, Blue Dress, and Blue-White Dress; only officers and staff non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) are authorized to wear the Evening Dress.

I want to thank all who have supported me while serving and believed in me.  My time has almost ended and I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life with my family. We know this will be a huge change in what we are used to even on a daily routine.  But as we all know change is not always a bad thing and sometimes it will open new opportunities. We hope to be able to travel more in the future and see some new places that we have yet to experience.  When we do, have no doubt that we will share all these new adventures with everyone!

~Russ

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