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
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
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.
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)