PITTSBURG — The United States Marine Corps allowed former Cpl. Corey Strong to learn about different cultures and taught him the power of integrity, honesty and leadership.

Although Strong considers himself a history buff, he said the military allowed him to be surrounded by people of different cultures.

“When they say you can travel the world when you are in the military, it’s true — when on active duty — but you can travel the world and open your eyes to new experiences and see new things,” he said. “Look beyond your hometown, there are other things you can learn from that

“You can apply it to your own experience and possibly educate people on what's going on and to better understand what’s going on throughout the world.”
Strong said he encourages people to learn about other cultures, even if it is taking a short trip to a college campus.

Strong entered the United States Marine Corps in 2007 shortly after graduating Frontenac High School.

While in the Marines, his main job was mortarman and, two years after after enlisting, he was deployed to Iraq.

After six years in the military, Strong said he was ready to move on and open a new chapter in life.

“My six years in the Marine Corps was the best time that I have ever had up to now,” he said. “It made me grow up, it turned an 18-year-old boy to an 18-year-old man — not just from the experience from boot camp, but from being deployed too.”

Strong said he still keeps in touch with friends he met during boot camp and to this day, even if they do not talk often, they still wish him a happy birthday on Nov. 10, a phenomena of the camaraderie and brotherhood of the Marines he said.

Strong moved to Pittsburg and now works at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher.

He said his role in the military gave him experience which prepared him for the job as they were similar jobs — using communication to make things happen.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.