Sgt. Justin Clark

One day before the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, then-20-year-old Justin Clark, of Chicopee, Mass., officially swore into the United States Marine Corps. The following day, he was at a friend’s house when he witnessed the events on live television. “I remember being very angry,” he said. He left the house in complete shock. “That morning was beautiful; not a cloud in sight… sunny, warm, no breeze and two kids playing in the front yard oblivious to what had happened,” he stated. It was then he realized our lives as Americans had been changed forever. After a lateral move from his prior career field as a machine gunner in 2008, Sgt. Clark currently serves as a small arms repairman, commonly referred to as an armorer. His responsibilities are to inspect, maintain and conduct maintenance on all weapons and optics within the squadron armory.

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