Marine Puts Successful Business On Hold To Serve His Country
(March 3, 2011)
Sergeant Jeremy D. Mitz (right), a combat engineer instructor with Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, talks to Cpl. Matthew A. Cox, a fellow instructor aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune on Nov. 18, 2010. Mitz gave up a thriving construction business to serve his country.
|MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (MCN - 2/25/2011) — Anyone who has worked on a home construction project understands the amount of time and effort involved in getting the job done. Whether adding an addition to a house or replacing an old, leaky faucet, it takes a certain level of skill and hard-work to get results. |
Sergeant Jeremy D. Mitz, an instructor at Engineer Training Area 3 with Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, knows this first hand.
“I was a construction manager when I was 18,” said Mitz. “By the time I was 20, I owned my own business – and business was good,” he laughed.
Mitz was very ambitious in his youth, but his sense of duty to his country outweighed his
|desire to expand his business.|
|“I felt like I had an obligation to put the biz' on hold so I could give something back,” said Mitz. “I always looked up to the Marine Corps.” |
Mitz, a Pittsburgh native, joined the service at the age of 24, making him older than many Marine Corps recruits.
“My drill instructors where a little more rough with me than the other recruits,” said Mitz. “I'm glad they were because I'm better off because of it.”
Mitz, now 26, was meritoriously promoted to sergeant in February of 2009. He claims it was his life experiences and natural leadership abilities coupled with the Corps' training that earned him the promotion.
Mitz has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, but lately he's been serving as an instructor for junior Marines.
“When Sergeant Mitz has a job to do he gets it done,” said Cpl. Matthew A. Cox, an instructor at Engineer Training Area 3. “He works the hardest out of all of us.”
“There were a lot of classes I didn't understand when I first started out, but he helped me with them. He would work with me after hours, even on his own lunch breaks, to help me understand something if I didn't get it. He is the best instructor here – besides me of course,” Cox added jokingly.
Mitz says he plans to reopen his business after he has completed his current enlistment contract.
“I feel I've done my part for the Corps,” said Mitz. “It's still a ways away but I know I'm going to miss it when I'm gone. All the memories, camaraderie and especially the friends, I'll miss them all.”
The Marine Corps harbors many Marines like Mitz who strive to make their dreams come true.
“I worked hard to get where I am now, but it was the Corps that gave me the opportunity to succeed,” said Mitz. “I will always be grateful for that.”
|Article and photo by USMC LCpl. Casey F. Meehan|
2nd Marine Division Public Affairs, 2nd Combat Engineer Bn
Reprinted from Marine Corps News
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