December 25, 2012 10:09 am ET
“Since I was five years old, all I ever wanted to do was be a Marine”, Wyatt said.
This Christmas, Dundalk’s very own 18-year-old Wyatt Almond will be living his dream, one he has held since he was 5.
That dream is to become a U.S. Marine. That goal will begin to take shape when his arrives at the Marines basic training camp at Parris Island in South Carolina during the Christmas Holidays.
Wyatt will begin the grueling journey of 13 weeks of basic training that will test him both physically and mentally. The training will be grueling but it will prepare Wyatt for an additional 28 days of combat training as well, as we all realize how important this part of the training can be.
As a result of his prior apptitude test results, Wyatt will be working as a Marine engineer whose duties may include some of the following:
- Combat Engineer: Performs demolitions, construction, mine clearing, maintenance and repair.
- Engineer Equipment Operator: Operates engineer construction equipment used in earthmoving, grading, excavation, logging, clearing and landing operations.
- Engineer Assistant: Supports construction design, planning, estimating and management through various duties, including preparation of architectural or mechanical CAD drawings.”
Wyatt has one brother, 21-year-old Tyler Almond, who was beaming with pride at his brother’s going away party.
“I’ve been dreaming of this day since I was five years old”, said Wyatt. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was be a Marine,” Wyatt said under the watchful beam of his mother’s, watchful eye.
“I’m so proud to see my son achieve his childhood dream that includes serving his country,” Ms. Almond said while watching her son.
Wyatt was sworn in at Fort Meade, boarded a bus and left for Parris Island South Carolina on Dec. 17, to follow his dream as his family and friends proudly waved goodbye.