We Fight,
We Win.

With a fighting spirit that burns inside, Marines have the fortitude to defeat any enemy. It’s what drives us. It’s what sets us apart. It’s what makes us Marines.
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It takes adversity to reveal what you are really made of.

-Capt Erin Demchko

Adversity Reveals It

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Overcoming obstacles has motivated Captain Erin Demchko since she was a teenager. The Marine Officer not only excelled at team sports and academics in high school in Pearl River, New York, she went on to the U.S. Naval Academy to become a leader on the track and field team. This determination to achieve led her to the Marine Corps after graduation, where Capt Demchko found a natural place to perfect her fighting spirit.

Capt Demchko’s commitment and integrity caught the attention early on of her high school basketball coach, who told her that if she thinks of herself as a role model, she’ll always have someone looking up to her. Capt Demchko took that advice to heart, and the Marine made a promise to herself to always lead by example.

“I’m fighting for my country, for the Marine Corps, for everybody that I’ve come in contact with in my life, civilian or in the Marine Corps.” —Capt Erin Demchko

As a Marine, Capt Demchko continues to inspire and encourage the Marines around her, pushing those she leads to always strive to do better. During her deployment in Afghanistan Capt Demchko served as a logistics officer and on a Female Engagement Team (FET). Marines assigned to FETs build trust with local civilians to gather information and improve relations with the community. Capt Demchko worked side by side with her fellow Marines to complete missions in the region.

Capt Demchko’s fighting spirit continues to drive her to better herself. The captain is currently pursuing a master’s degree and studying modeling and virtual environment simulation. By expanding her technical knowledge, Capt Demchko is acquiring the skills to best lead her Marines to win the battles our nation faces.

“The fighting spirit is something that’s inside all of us,” Capt Demchko said. “Everybody’s got a goal, if it’s personal or if it’s something bigger, that you are fighting toward.”

Overcoming obstacles has motivated Captain Erin Demchko since she was a teenager. The Marine Officer not only excelled at team sports and academics in high school in Pearl River, New York, she went on to the U.S. Naval Academy to become a leader on the track and field team. This determination to achieve led her to the Marine Corps after graduation, where Capt Demchko found a natural place to perfect her fighting spirit.

Capt Demchko’s commitment and integrity caught the attention early on of her high school basketball coach, who told her that if she thinks of herself as a role model, she’ll always have someone looking up to her. Capt Demchko took that advice to heart, and the Marine made a promise to herself to always lead by example.

“I’m fighting for my country, for the Marine Corps, for everybody that I’ve come in contact with in my life, civilian or in the Marine Corps.” —Capt Erin Demchko

As a Marine, Capt Demchko continues to inspire and encourage the Marines around her, pushing those she leads to always strive to do better. During her deployment in Afghanistan Capt Demchko served as a logistics officer and on a Female Engagement Team (FET). Marines assigned to FETs build trust with local civilians to gather information and improve relations with the community. Capt Demchko worked side by side with her fellow Marines to complete missions in the region.

Capt Demchko’s fighting spirit continues to drive her to better herself. The captain is currently pursuing a master’s degree and studying modeling and virtual environment simulation. By expanding her technical knowledge, Capt Demchko is acquiring the skills to best lead her Marines to win the battles our nation faces.

“The fighting spirit is something that’s inside all of us,” Capt Demchko said. “Everybody’s got a goal, if it’s personal or if it’s something bigger, that you are fighting toward.”

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