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Lance Cpl. Sheldon Brown, administration clerk, Installation Personnel Administration Center, Headquarters Battalion, is the first member of his family to join the military. His family moved to the U.S. from Jamaica before he was born.

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What I’ve Learned: Sheldon Brown

9 Sep 2016 | Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Lance corporal, administration clerk, Installation Personnel Administration Center, Headquarters Battalion

Hometown: Plainfield, N.J.

>My family is originally from Jamaica. They moved to the U.S. before I was born. We enjoy cooking on a grill and bringing the family together. Being together as a family is very important to us.

>I am very close with my brothers. I’m the youngest of five so I looked up to my older brothers. We used to do all sorts of things together like playing sports and video games. We loved to play “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

>I actually didn’t meet my oldest brother until just before I went to boot camp. He was born in Jamaica, unlike me. It was a good experience to be able to meet and get to know another sibling.

>I’m the first member of my family to join the military. I wanted to challenge myself and continue to improve myself for as long as I can. The Marine Corps gave me the challenge I was looking for.

>I enjoy being active and staying fit. Going to the gym to lift weights helps ease my mind and keeps me competitive in other aspects of life.

>Being fit is something that is completely determined by what I want. I choose how far I want to run, how much I’m going to lift and how high I want to jump. It takes determination to keep going with it but in the end it is completely worth it.

>I also go swimming whenever I have time. As much as it is a workout, it is also therapeutic for your joints. After swimming, I feel very relaxed and inspired to push myself harder to get better.

>When I’m not working out, I like to play basketball with Marines at the barracks. I have tried out many different sports but basketball is the most fun for me.

>It’s great to challenge myself by putting my skills to the test. Basketball allows me to put everything I have out on the court and still work together as a team to accomplish a goal. It has been a sport I have enjoyed since childhood and I plan to continue playing for a long time.

>Learning is very important to me because it helps me grow as a person. People grow the most individually by learning and I want to continue growing for as long as I can.

>We learn every day and I want to make the most of it while I can so I can pass it to others and help them grow as well.

>To me, reading is like a work out for the brain. It does not matter what I read, I still enjoy it. Some of my favorite books I’ve read growing up have been “Holes” and the “Hunger Games” series.

>What gets me to like books so much is reading about the main characters’ determination and drive to get through any challenges they face throughout the story.

>These types of characters show the determination that I want to have in my life. I want to say that no matter the situation I get myself in I will get out and keep moving through life.

>The Marine Corps has given me another family to be a part of. I enjoy the foundations it has given me. I want to make a career out of the Corps. I don’t really know if I’ll stay an admin clerk, but I know that I want to make the most of the time I have as a Marine.

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