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A story recently published by the Marines is one that highlights what a career in the military can really do for an individual. For one Marine Staff Sergeant he is able to live out a childhood dream while serving his country. From 2002 to 2009, Staff Sergeant Kwiatkowski spent his time as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, serving in various capacities while twice deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After these deployments, Staff Sergeant Kwiatkowski was interested in obtaining a degree and becoming an officer in the US Marine Corps. By getting accepted into the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program he was able to make this goal come true.
While growing up he always wished he could wrestle for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, but life took him on a different path upon enlisting in the military. When looking at schools to obtain his bachelor’s from he chose the University of Nebraska and was also able to make the wrestling team. It is pretty amazing that he was able to accomplish something he wanted to do initially, years later while continuing to serve.
Staff Sergeant Kwiatkowski is living out his dream – being a Marine, receiving an education and wrestling for the University of Nebraska.