FES spends time with Corporal Beam

Bryant  Beam2nd grade students had the opportunity to spend time with Corporal Beam, a 2005 Firelands graduate in honor of Veterans Day.

Corporal Bryant Beam showed the student a PowerPoint presentation that had pictures of his time in Afghanistan, Hatti, and Africa. Corporal Beam spent 7 months in Afghanistan serving in operation Enduring Freedom.  He served 4 years of active duty and is serving 4 additional years in the reserves.

Students had many questions, one coming from a little girl asking him why he went into the Marines.  Corporal Beam replied, “After September 11th, I felt that I needed to do something for my country.” At 22 years old he  became a member of the Marine Corps Infantry. According to the Marine Corps web site, Infantry is the central component of Marine ground forces. Infantrymen are trained to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat.

Students enjoyed the pictures and talking about the different experience that Corporal Beam has encountered.  Talking about the different military transportation was a big hit for the students. Corporal Beam is currently finishing his education at LCCC – he is majoring in criminal justice.

Although Corporal Beam is safely home, he still has friends serving in Afghanistan.  If you would like to send a care package to brighten these servicemens day, it would be greatly appreciated. If the men receive multiple packages they will pass them on to other members of their platoon.  Care packages with reading material, items such as beef jerky, cookies, snacks and personal hygiene products would be appreciated.

Please send packages to:

Cpl Jordan BaxterCorp Beam

1/9 Wpns

Unit 13959

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or

Cpl Nathan Taurone

1/9 Wpns

Unit 13959

FPO AE 09510-3959