During a Veterans Day celebration Thursday, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District honored those who have served and students who plan on serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Before graduating high school, Tanner Soddy, Ricardo Gonzalez and Patricia Kribbs have plans or have enlisted in their respective military branches. All say they have wanted to be a part of the military since they were kids, with the hopes of jump-starting a career.
“That way I can apply federal, at NCIS, which is my dream job,” Kribbs said. “Who’s not going to want to hire that? A female that has experience and a degree, versus people who haven’t had that option yet.”
Sgt. Maj. Ford Kinsley was part of a recruit depot at Parris Island where all of the female Marines are trained. Kinsley says, while most believe having a woman in the Marines is uncommon, women have been enlisting in the Marine Corps since 1918.
“You can never doubt their bravery or their courage. They are as good and gung-ho about being a Marine as their male counterparts,” Kinsley said.