CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Oct. 6, 2006 — Growing up in a military household, Thomas Green, gained an early understanding of what the red, white and blue meant to not only himself and his family, but to everyone who served in the United States military.
The former military dependent now walks full stride amongst his brothers-in-arms within the Corps.
Lance Cpl. Thomas Green, a heavy equipment operator with Transportation Support Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), has led many walks of life, from England to numerous locations within the states, which ultimately led him here.
“I guess you could say I always knew I would be serving in the military,” Green said. “I was originally born in Essex, England, and lived there until my stepfather, who was in the U.S. Air Force at the time, moved my family to Griffis (Air National Guard Base, Rome,) New York in 1991.”
Continuing the inevitability of relocating within the military, Green and his family moved to many air bases, including Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota in 1992, then back to England at the Royal Air Force Base in Mildenhall, United Kingdom in 1995, and finally to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 2004.
Green said he always knew that the military life was something he wanted, partly because of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and also because his family has an unwavering military background.
“Because I grew up and lived on Air Force bases my entire life I always thought I wanted to join that branch,” he said. “But then I got (into some trouble) and was told by the Air Force recruiter that I would have to wait a year until I could enter. So, I walked up to the Marine Corps recruiter and he explained I could be in boot camp in three months.”
In May 2005, Green placed his feet on the famed yellow footprints of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. However, while still in recruit training status, another historically tragic event occurred reinforcing Green’s decision to serve.
At 8:05 a.m. on July 7, 2005, during London’s morning rush hour, three bombs exploded within 50 seconds of each other on three London Underground trains. A fourth bomb exploded on a double-decker bus nearly an hour later at 9:47 a.m. in Tavistock Square. The bombings killed 52 innocent people.