CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Runners gravitated closer to the starting line, anticipating the blare of the horn as the announcer shouted commands. Focused, determined and ready, Lance Cpl. Lauren R. Tyser, a supply warehouse clerk with Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepared to launch forward during the 2014 Run for the Hungry 10K and 5K in San Diego, Calif.
Marathons and charity runs are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tyser’s diverse and energetic lifestyle. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and a strict fitness regimen helps keep Tyser in peak physical condition in and out of the Corps.
“I’ve always been a proactive person who’s more than willing to help people out,” said Tyser, a native of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. “Being in the Marine Corps opened up more opportunities for me to be active in the community and to help more people through charity work.”
Tyser has volunteered and participated in more than 25 marathons around Oceanside and San Diego including the O’Side Turkey Trot and the National Veterans Day 5K Run. She has also volunteered with organizations including local children’s hospitals and the Young Marines program.
“I believe the Young Marines program helps instill Marine Corps values in a way younger kids can understand. It’s also a way to help positively influence them into doing something better with their lives,” Tyser said.
Tyser began giving back and volunteering in Berkeley Springs during her freshman year of high school, where she worked at a stand at the Apple Butter Festival. Around that time, she decided to try out for track and field, where she discovered her love for running.
“Although I didn’t know I would like running as much as I did, physical fitness is very important to me,” she said. “No one else in the family works out, so I feel that I’m as active as I am now for both personal and influential reasons.”
And influence, she did.
Tyser has had significant impact on her younger sister, Mary, encouraging her to be more active. Mary has Type 1 diabetes and has had other health problems in the past.
“It was only natural for me to worry. She’s my little sister, and the last thing I want is to not be there and help her in some kind of way,” Tyser said. “Luckily, she decided to get involved with color guard with her school.”
Volunteering for different causes helps Tyser’s Marine Corps career through the letters of appreciation she receives, but more importantly, it helps give the Corps a good name.
Tyser’s hard-working personality and strong initiative managed to get her on her leaders’ radar.
“Lance Cpl. Tyser has been nothing less than a hard worker from the first day she came in,” said Sgt. Aneyda M. Howard, a warehouse clerk with Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. “I rarely ever have to ask her to do something. Almost every time it’s already done it or she’ll say, ‘Don’t worry about it. I’ll make sure it’s done, sergeant.’”
When Tyser isn’t working hard in the office to be a better Marine, she’s working hard in school and around the community to better herself as a person.
“I know a lot of people who have made bad decisions. I’ve seen what can happen to someone if they don’t get the help they need, whether it be mentally or physically,” Tyser said. “I just feel that by helping younger kids it will prevent others from having to help them when they’re older or when it’s too late.”
Tyser said she joined the Marine Corps because it offered her a way to pay for higher education. She has been attending Palomar College since May 2013 and is working toward a degree in nursing. Tyser plans to pursue a career in nursing after her enlistment with the Marine Corps is complete.
“I can say that the Marine Corps, without a doubt, reinforced and supported the reason I enjoy helping people and helping the community,” Tyser said. “I know I’m capable of doing much more, so why not give back when you know you have a lot to offer?”