California Marine connects Marines, wants to travel the globe

California Marine connects Marines, wants to travel the globe

LCpl Nickolas Franklin, a data network specialist with Regimental Combat Team 7, joined the Marine Corps to travel the world. Franklin, a 21-year-old native of Richmond, Calif., hopes to become a Marine Security Guard at a U.S. embassy so he can see more places he's never been. Photo by Sgt Ned Johnson.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN (March 25, 2013) - When people talk about traveling the world, they might think of places like Rome, Australia, and the Caribbean.

LCpl Nickolas Franklin said Helmand Province, Afghanistan, is just one of the many destinations he wants to visit.

Franklin, a data network specialist with Regimental Combat Team 7, said he joined the Marine Corps to travel the world and see faraway places.

Franklin grew up in Richmond, Calif., and had plenty to see and do on the coastline between Oakland and San Francisco, but was anxious for more.

With family in the Marine Corps while growing up, the idea of joining the service materialized at an early age.

"I had seen the uniforms and the lifestyle," 21-year-old Franklin said. "That's why I had to choose the Corps."

An avid Oakland Athletics fan, Franklin focused on playing baseball as a kid, but now his focus is ensuring Marines in combat can communicate.

"He is willing to go above and beyond to accomplish the mission and has quickly become my go to Marine when it comes to data related issues," said SSgt Felix Severino, the data chief with RCT-7.

Franklin is more than just good at his job, he's also a good Marine, Severino said.

"He has a strong leadership presence and is constantly striving to improve himself and give guidance to his peers and junior Marines," Severino said. "He is aware of his surroundings and is always boosting morale in the shop."

While he wants to travel the globe, Franklin is also working on his bachelor's degree in psychology. He plans to be a psychologist someday, but not just yet.

"I want to be a Marine Security Guard," Franklin said. "I think it would be amazing."

Marine Security Guard's provide protection at U.S. embassies around the world, which Franklin says is the perfect opportunity for him to continue his adventures. Franklin hopes to be stationed in South America if he is selected for the duty.

Until then, he continues his job helping Marines communicate in support of Operation Enduing Freedom.

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