To earn the title ‘Marine Officer,' you must excel in leadership, academics and physical training. For one newly commissioned Marine Corps officer, not only did he achieve his goal of earning the title Marine, he has also qualified to compete for the United States during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Second Lieutenant David Higgins, a 21-year-old San Clemente, Calif., native, began shooting rifle at the age of 13. Once he graduated high school, he was nominated to attend the Air Force Academy, where he was presented the opportunity to shoot rifle competitively. (Top image shows Second Lieutenant David Higgins at the World Championships in Granada, Spain, in September 2014.)
Prior to graduation from the academy, Higgins made the decision to cross commission into the United States Marine Corps ... joining his father, Col. David A. Higgins (right on bottom image at his son's commissioning ceremony on June 2, 2016).
“My dad is a Marine, so I grew up in the Marine culture,” said Higgins. “Not only did I want to follow in his footsteps, but I also wanted to lead Marines and was more interested in the ground-based aspect of the Marine Corps.”
In April of 2016, Higgins qualified to represent Team USA in men's 50-meter prone rifle shooting. He will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.“This is a great way to start my Marine Corps career – on a world stage,” said Higgins.
Higgins said the Marine Corps and the Olympics are both a good fit for him because he loves competing.
"Going to the Olympics gives me the chance to compete at the highest level in the world,” Higgins said.
WWhen Higgins returns from the Olympic Games, he will continue his career by attending The Basic School, to train and prepare for duty as a company grade officer in the operating forces.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from a U.S. Marine Corps courtesy photo (top) and by Cpl. Logan Block (bottom)