Staff Sgt. Tondrel Birgans: Before I came to Marine Corps a small town in Decatur, Ala., probably never heard of it, and I'd never been anywhere. So just to be in the Marine Corps, I had a lot of experiences, a lot of chances to travel, so just another reason why I stuck around for so many years.
I've been to various countries, like I said. I've been to Africa, done some humanitarian things there. I've been to Singapore. I've been to Hawaii a few times. Thailand. Japan. I spent a year in Japan, which is a great experience. Japan, I did communications with 7 COM Battalion, which was really interesting. It was pretty fun. I also learned a lot about the Japanese culture, which was interesting to me.
Sgt. Annett Castro: My experience working here in Rome has been wonderful. I'm from Chino, Calif., and coming to Rome, Italy, is a huge change. A lot of history here, a huge city; lots of things to do and see. It's definitely an adventure every day.
Lance Cpl. Arielle Altrichter: My name is Lance Cpl. Altrichter. I'm with HMM265 on Futuma Air Base. We are located in Okinawa, Japan. I requested to come to Okinawa, Japan. I wanted to go overseas mostly because of the travel experience, meeting new people, the culture, the opportunities that it poses. That was a very, very big part of me joining the Marine Corps.
Sgt. Jeremy Bess: Some people live an entire life, and they never see a place like this. They may go to college and study history and art, but actually being able to come out and see it firsthand is so far beyond anything you can learn in a classroom.