Addison Mohler, the refuge wildlife biologist for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on my 17th birthday during the height of Desert Storm. He says: âI wanted to a be grunt and was guaranteed it, so after boot camp I went to Marine Combat Training and School of Infantry a few miles up the road at Camp Pendleton. After graduating, I was sent to the Fleet Marine Force, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (Get Some!), which is the most decorated unit in the Marine Corps and based in Camp Pendleton at San Mateo. My days were spent shooting (every weapon organic to a Marine), cleaning weapons, running, jumping out of helicopters, shooting some more and running some more. I won a competition to put me into a platoon of Marines that followed Seal Team 9 around with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable in case they needed a reactionary force.â Mohler has a great story about dissecting a mouse that had been killed and identifying âits parts on an MRE box. My lieutenant told me I should be a biologist. Fast-forward 100 years later...I am. â
April 18, 2014
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