For the Public: Sgt. Joe Morgan |

For the Public: Sgt. Joe Morgan

My job title: Infantryman and recruiter, U.S. Marine Corps.

What I do in my job: During my time in the Marine Corps, I have served as an infantryman in a light-armored reconnaissance battalion, but last year I was assigned as a canvassing recruiter. My job as a recruiter is to screen applicants for the mental, moral and physical requirements to join the Marine Corps.

Why my job is important to the public: The infantry is the first line of defense for the United States, here and abroad. As a recruiter, my job is important because I screen those who will in the future lead in guaranteeing our freedoms and way of life.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: The traits required to become a Marine are honor, courage and commitment. No special skills are required up front; the Corps teaches any skills needed in the execution of your duties.

The best part of my job is when: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” – this saying embodies the best part of my job. It states the camaraderie I feel with my brothers in arms. The Marine Corps is a brotherhood. If you see a Marine on the street, whether active or even a former Marine, he is your brother. We call it “Semper Fidelis” – Latin for “always faithful.”

The part of my job I like the least is: The part of my job I like the least is the closed-mindedness of some people who think freedom is free. I see a lot of people who in everyday life forget those who have gone before them, who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that they could have their individual views; these people gave their lives for you! Remember them. Honor those who wear the uniform for all they have sacrificed so that you can be free.

A day of work I will always remember: My graduation from recruit training (boot camp) is the day that will most stick with me through the years. It is my second birthday, the start of my career and my adult life.

How I got my job: One day at 17 years old while working as a commercial fisherman, I decided I wanted more discipline, more honor. … So I walked into the local Marine recruiting office, I took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, took a physical, and was on my way. Two months later, I was in boot camp.

How long have I been working here: I have worked in Grass Valley since December 2001, but I have been in the Marine Corps for seven years.

My dream job would be: I already have the job I dream about.

My family: I am married, with two children who live on Beale with me: wife, Mechelle; my 6-year-old daughter, Kalee; and 3-year-old son, Michael.

My hobbies: I love to fish and boat with my kids on Lake Englebright.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My Marines. In all the places I have served, I have seen men of different backgrounds, cultures and upbringing come together like a family to help each other through times when most average men would have packed up and gone home. The Marines I have worked with are the main reason why I stay in the Corps; they are my brothers. You develop friendships in the Corps that will last a lifetime and withstand anything, because they have already been tested in times of great stress.

My hero: All those who have given their time to the nation when called, whether in peace or war, all in the name of their neighbors and of freedom.

The best book I have read lately: “Gates of Fire” by Steven Pressfield. This book tells the story of Sparta banding together 3,000 men to delay the advancing million-man Persian army in Greece. The Spartans delayed the Persians for several days before the last man fell. All 3,000 knew they would die in their efforts, and yet went to delay the enemy so that the rest of the country could prepare a sufficient defense. Honor like that is rare at best, and found very seldom in all of history.

I like living in Nevada County because: I love the small- town environment. I love the local lakes – especially Englebright – and that my family lives nearby. Also, I am a football fanatic and the local sports programs are outstanding.

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