Good story, sent by way of Tango Seven-Six hisself:
Lance Cpl. Amanda Issa — who as a teenager fled the violence of her native Mosul ahead of the arrival of the Islamic State — now proudly wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor of her childhood heroes, a coveted distinction earned a day after becoming a U.S. citizen.
“I was one of those kids that always ran after the Humvees,” the 21-year-old laughed about growing up in Iraq’s second-largest city after the ousting of Saddam Hussein. “There were a lot of [American] military there — Army, Navy — but the Marines were different.”
The Marines, she recalled, always acted more polite, friendly and professional than others — and they were more fit.
Welcome aboard, Marine.