The Proud Tony Gabriel

Parris Island

I stood on the infamous yellow footprints at 20 years old.

Physical Toughness

We were all, constantly, trained to be physically fit.


Learning traditions of the Corps was a large part of basic training as well.

After Boot Camp

Training to become combat ready was at the School of Infantry.

My First Unit

After combat training, my first duty station was aboard Camp Lejeune.


We deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


The best feeling in the world is getting home and seeing your family.


I returned home and signed a new enlistment contract for 4 years and a new job.

I decided to become a Career Planner and was sent to school in San Diego.

The school was tough and extremely different from my last job, but I was excited to graduate!

Now, I could assist Marines with reenlisting.

I could also counsel Marines on how to become more competitive for promotion.

New Station

Now, I'm a Career Planner located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.


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