Face of Defense: Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Freddy Torres

Face of Defense: Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Freddy Torres

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I currently serve as the staff noncommissioned officer of corporals course last couple of seminars and I also run martial arts instructor courses for my battalion. Yeah, so it was December 30th, 2010. I was serving with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. We were operating in the Sangen, Afghanistan area. December 30th I was combat wounded. I took two gunshot wounds to the legs, specifically one of them hitting me in the femoral artery. And, after recovery, I bring that back to the courses and I share that with the students at the end of the culminating event and I bring that to them and shed light to how they’re gonna face challenges and how to face adversity and their own battles they’re gonna go through. So if I’m gonna take a corporal for 3 weeks, I’m gonna return him back to his unit a better warfighter, better capable to train his or her Marines, so he or she doesn’t have to rely on anybody. So being an instructor motivates me forward in my career. It gives me that sense of accomplishment, you know, at some point I’m not gonna be here and that the Marine Corps is still in great hands. I see it through these students every single month, every single quarter we have a bunch of great NCOs. with the Lance Corporal seminars, they’re motivated, they’re passionate about learning and I know the Marine Corps is gonna be in good hands at some point when I take this uniform off.

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