- Posted October 15, 2013 by
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Salute to troops
My American Hero
My daughter, Lauren Jade Fiero is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. She is married to her sweetheart, Conner Fiero, who is also a Corporal in the USMC. Lauren is stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Conner at New River, Jacksonville, NC.
I am so very proud of the both of them, but want others to know just how much our military personnel sacrifice in order to protect our freedom. Lauren and Conner recently welcomed their first child and my first grandchild, Elizabeth Sue Fiero into this world.
Lauren is scheduled to go 'On Float' in February of this coming year. In a nutshell, she'll be on a ship in the middle of the ocean for the following nine months or so as a part of her orders. This is especially difficult for her having to leave her husband and newborn baby behind.
This also means that she will miss many events in regard to baby Elizabeth, but most prominently, her first birthday.
Lauren was actually given the choice to NOT participate in the scheduled 'float,' this would mean, however, that she transfer out of her current battalion and into another. Being the dedicated MARINE that she is, she and her husband made the choice to have Lauren stay with her unit.
This is the commitment that she made when she joined the USMC. She is not, nor will she EVER be a "Semper Sometimes" Marine. In a world where many people think that women should not even BE in the military, I would say to those people that they are very lucky to have a dedicated Marine helping to protect their freedoms as a U.S. citizen.
Lauren and her husband and fellow Marine Conner joined the USMC in a 'deferred entry' program in which they participated 3 to 5 days a week (in addition to their regular jobs) in working out with the recruiters and fellow recruits to prepare for entry to Boot Camp.
Although the two of them had written letters and had been granted their request that they both be stationed at the SAME boot camp - not to be together - but to make it easier for our families to see each of them graduate at the same location instead of having to make a 'choice' as to which one we could attend - Lauren was called up to Boot a week earlier than Conner in November of 2011.
Lauren excelled at Boot. Among other achievements, she was a Squad Leader and earned a meritorious promotion at camp to First Class. During her time in Boot, she was also awarded the "Molly Marine" achievement. This is an award given to the recruit that is voted in by their peers as the person who most exemplifies the Corps values, demonstrates leadership and assistance to their fellow recruits. "Molly Marine" has a long heritage - and started with a statue commissioned in the early part of the 20th Century to entice women into joining the service.
It should be noted that while she was testing through the end of the program at boot - the final test that determines if you will make the cut and become a full fledged Marine - known to Marines as the "Crucible," she became ill and developed a fever of over 103 degrees, but toughed it out and did not quit nor ask for medical attention. She did not want to jeopardize the "Eagle, Globe and Anchor" at the end of the testing which would finally make her a "MARINE."
These are just a few of her accomplishments. I am so very proud of her and her tenacity and commitment. To all those naysayers who would say that women don't belong in the military? I would only say.... "Sleep well, America....... my daughter has your back!!"