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Lance Cpl. Logan Winterstein, marksmanship instructor, Marksmanship Training Unit, enjoys competing in golf tournaments and playing tennis. His goal is to finish his degree in computer science at University of Nebraska Omaha. His favorite billet as a Marine, is coaching on the rifle range. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Connor Hancock/Released)

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What I’ve Learned: Logan Winterstein

5 Oct 2016 | Cpl. Connor Hancock Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

 > Golfing means a lot to me. I started when I was five with some guidance from my grandfather. On my high school team, I competed in two state competitions. I still enjoy competing in various tournaments around Twentynine Palms.

 > I practice regularly at Desert Winds Golf Course. Every time my buddies and I go, it’s always really competitive and it’s a good way to measure a person’s patience. I brought a group of guys from my shop to compete in the Combined Federal Campaign Tournament.

 > Golfing is a big mental game. It’s similar to the Marine Corps; you have to use your head. When I’m out coaching on the range, it’s important to take the fundamentals into consideration. I have to focus on what small mistakes shooters are making so they can build good habits. It feels good being a part of helping someone improve.

 > Before the Marine Corps, I was working full-time detailing cars. It was a decent job for someone fresh out of high school but I wanted to challenge myself more. When I saw my older brother graduate boot camp, I knew I wanted to sign up.

 > My brother is a mortarman in 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. I joined as an intelligence specialist and have spent most of my time in Twentynine Palms.

 > My dad was security forces in the Air Force, but he never pressured my brother and me to join. My parents have been very supportive of me.

 > The Marine Corps has taught me a lot about the importance of communication and leadership. I’ve definitely learned how to tactfully speak with higher ranking Marines and my peers.

 > If you know how to communicate well, it can be a lot less hassle when correcting problems. The Marine Corps has definitely developed me to be more confident in speaking with people.

 > Being required to [physically train] has made me more active as a Marine and it’s now a part of my daily routine. Staying in shape is rewarding because it’s something that is earned and can’t be bought. Even when I get out of the Marine Corps, I’ll still continue working out.

 > I’ll see how my Marine Corps career plays out but there’s always a need for Information Technology guys in the civilian world. I plan on transferring from community college to full time college at University of Nebraska Omaha. They have a great program for computer science. >I’m halfway through getting my associates degree and using tuition assistance has been supportive in helping me afford my classes. It takes a lot of determination to keep up with school with the busy lifestyle I have. The Corps values have rubbed off on me a bit, because I used to be a big procrastinator and now I can say I’ve learned to be more efficient.


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