Cpl. Michael Sheets, machine gun leader, 4th platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, poses for a photograph. The Enid, Okla., native, decided after three years at Oklahoma State University his true calling is in the Marine Corps. Sheets is now serving in Now Zad, Afghanistan. Photo by USMC Master Sgt. Brenda Varnadore
NOW ZAD, Afghanistan (11/2/2012) – After three years at Oklahoma State University, it came time for the Enid, Okla., native, to make a decision on his major. Realizing it would affect the rest of his life, he wanted to be absolutely sure. He took a long, hard look in the mirror and made his decision. He wanted to be a Marine.
Now four years into his six-year contract, Cpl. Michael Sheets, machine gun leader, 4th platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, has no regrets.
“I got to the point where I had to decide what I wanted to do,” said the 2005 Enid High School graduate. “I wanted to be a Marine, so I signed a six-year contract to be infantry. I thought that was the only way to be a Marine.”
His parents, Tom and Cynda Sheets, were initially surprised, but stood by their son.
“They are very supportive and proud,” said Sheets. “They send care packages all the time to show their support.”