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Pleasanton Brings Home Their Camp Pendleton Marine

Foothill High graduate Alex Beatty credits his experience with a Super Soaker for his exceptional skills on the firing range, according to one of his letters home.

PLEASANTON, Ca: Homecoming for US Marine Cpl Alex Beatty. Photo Credit: Sherry Wiggins/ Pleasanton Military Families
PLEASANTON, Ca: Homecoming for US Marine Cpl Alex Beatty. Photo Credit: Sherry Wiggins/ Pleasanton Military Families
In December, the Pleasanton community welcomed home a Foothill High School graduate after his tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps was complete.

Alex Beatty was welcomed by the community and local dignitaries on Dec. 15, 2013 in a ceremony organized by the Pleasanton Military Families.

Biography of Alex Beatty provided by the Pleasanton Military Families:

Cpl Alex Beatty graduated from Foothill High School in 2007. In May 2009, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and arrived at the Recruit Training Depot in San Diego (boot camp) on December 1, 2009. After graduation from boot camp, Alex completed his Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton and was assigned his Military Occupational Speciality of Motor Transportation Operator.

Motor transport operators operate tactical wheeled vehicles and equipment, transporting troops and cargo in support of combat and garrison operations. They also perform crew/operator level maintenance and maintain all associated tools and equipment for assigned vehicles. The training for his MOS took him to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where he finished first in his class. Upon completion of his training, Alex was assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA where he continued to serve until completion of his active duty on November 12, 2013. 

Being a Marine is extremely challenging – both physically and mentally; however Alex was always able to find the lighter side of a situation and shared many stories of his adventures. While in boot camp, Alex wrote to us regularly and one of our favorite stories took place during weapons training. While Alex had never fired a weapon of any kind prior to enlisting, he excelled in this area. One day his Range Coach approached him during training and said “Son, you’re doing extremely well with your weapon. Have you ever fired a weapon before?” And Alex respectively replied “No sir! But I’m pretty good with a Super Soaker!” The coach couldn’t help but smile.

Alex will be attending Las Positas College in January where he will study business. We are so happy to have him home and excited to see where the next phase of his life will take him.

Click here for the full homecoming collage.

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