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Major Stacey Taylor

Stacey Taylor: "The Marine Corps is one of the biggest challenges I will face in my life. Uh. I was a, you know, Honor student in high school, I excelled at Air Force junior ROTC in high school, uh, and it was, it was all challenging, but nothing really challenged me like, uh, the Marine Corps did. I'm still being given the opportunity, just like now being a commanding officer, and serving over eleven hundred Marines, uh, it, it just gets greater. It's in a line with a lot of things that, you know, I want to do in life, I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of people, to learn a lot of things. I continue to serve in the Marine Corps because I, I know there's something out there greater than me. You know, I know that, uh, living this life on earth is not about me, and it's not about me being, you know, the superior person, ya know. I, it's a gift for me to have life and to, and to live it, uh, and I think knowing I can live it abundantly is by serving. By giving. And putting some other things above my own cause. You're gonna sacrifice a lot to help your brothers and sisters in the Marine Corps. Uh, you're gonna sacrifice time with your family, you're gonna sacrifice time with your friends, to go out there and do those things make sure that you're ready when, when your fellow Marines need you. You really never know until you, you step, you know, two feet in, and you realize that your family will make a sacrifice. That's why the Marine Corps is so centered on taking care of not just the Marine, but the Marine and his family. I know that my time in the Marine Corps is a limited time, so, uh, I will have, you know, something to reflect with my boys and when they grow up say, 'This is how your dad served.' And, uh, I set that example for them to be servants...about me. Once you leave out, out of the Marine Corps, you're gonna continue to be a contributor to society. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a leader, uh, and, and you wanna make a difference in somebody's life, I, I think President Reagan said it best, is that, you know, a lot of people go through life wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem. I would just tell 'em if you want to make a difference, if you want to leave a legacy behind, then the Marine Corps is a, is a, is a great place for you."