Being a Marine goes past the uniform, haircuts and swagger. It’s a whole Marine concept. They are a group of exceptional human beings who embody the Corps’ ethos of honor, courage and commitment. Now, here is your chance to Meet the Marine.


Name: Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Sims

Age: 20

Hometown: Meadow Bridge, West Virginia

Military Occupational Specialty: 7051, aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist


From a small town with a population of less than 400, to a band of brothers and sisters more than 180,000 strong, Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Sims joined the Marine Corps in June 2017 to gain a larger family and more confidence.


“I knew what I wanted to do with my life and I knew the path I wanted to set for my future,” he said.


While being in the Marine Corps, Sims said he has learned a lot that will help him be a better Marine and one day, a better civilian. Some of those things include respect towards other people, regardless of rank, and how to be a better leader.


“I take a lot of pride in being a Marine,” he said. “I look back at home and all of my friends and I see that they’re not doing anything more than what they were when I left; and I see myself escalating in my life, being proficient in a bunch of skills I can use back in the civilian world.”