I served 6 years as a Combat Infantry Officer, leaving active duty more than 30 years ago. Yet even yesterday, on the USMC birthday, I had several strangers reach out to me and shake hands, wish me and the Corps the best and a few fellow Marines offered up the "Semper Fi" as well. I am well-known in my community, have a visible job here, and many folks know about my USMC background. But having said that, the best thing about my Marine Corps experience was the rock-solid foundation it set for me so many years ago, teaching me how to believe in values that are significant and have merit even today as I approach my sixty-first birthday. And of course the Marine Corps taught me how to believe in myself and in that it was a life-changing experience for me and I am ever thankful for it.
JD Thornton (USNA 1968-1972. USMC 1972-1978)
Chief of Staff