MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS -- Pfc. Quintin Campbell, student, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, competed in track and field and wrestling throughout high school and played a role in his team making fourth at nationals for track.
I love challenges. Any activity that is challenging, I will try out. Whatever is fun, I want to try.
I like to go on long hikes to discover new places and collecting mementos from everything I do. If I find a seashell while surfing or an arrowhead while hiking I’ll keep it to remember that day. I like to make memories for something to look back on when I’m older.
One day I was skateboarding and I broke my favorite skateboard attempting a new trick. I don’t have that skateboard anymore but I kept a piece of it to remember the good times I had.
I joined the Marine Corps not only to serve my country but to better myself and feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself. There is a challenge in the Marine Corps and a sense of brotherhood that you can’t get anywhere else.
Throughout high school I did track and wrestling. I was a sprinter and competed in all the events up to 800 meter dash including hurdles.
When competing, I would surprise a lot of people because I am a small guy. After the race, I would always try to stay humble and shake hands with my competitors.
My school was a 4A Division school. We competed at nationals and came in fourth overall. Participating on a team is a lot of fun but when you are racing, it’s your time to shine.
My dad taught me about sports when I was young. You’re a team but when you go out there it’s just you and the other people in the race. Its individual performance and shows who really has the heart to win. Every bit of training that goes into the race pays off in the end.
On a team everyone has a job. As individuals, if everyone does their job does it to the fullest of their abilities then the team can’t be stopped. I feel that is true for any team not just sports.
I have an older brother who is 27 and a younger sister who is 16.
My little sister looks up to me but she won’t admit it. I don’t think my siblings have any interest in the military but I think my sister wants to become a paramedic.
My dad retired [from the] Navy and my mother served in the Army. My mother had the opportunity to become a Warrant Officer but decided not to because she had me. Growing up with parents in the military taught me to be respectful and well disciplined.
The structure and the ability to say you’ve done more than the average man is what I like the most about being in the military. By the time some people have gotten up in the morning you have already worked out and are ready to go.
I feel like I will enjoy my time in the military. My main goal is to go to school and get a degree and then become a pilot. I like having done things that other people haven’t done and being well rounded. I don’t just stick to one thing; I’m always looking for something new.