MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --
Inspiration can drive an individual in many directions. It can push one to reach higher and go farther than where they could go on their own. For Cpl. Augusto R. Carlin, a supply fiscal clerk with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, inspiration came from his grandfather, George Carlin.
“My grandfather would always tell me stories about him being a general in the Peruvian army and because of that, he has always inspired me,” Carlin said. “There was a phrase he would say,‘Veni, vidi, vici,’ which means ‘I came, I saw, I concurred’ in Latin.”
Corporal Augusto Carlin was born in Iquitos, Peru, November 13, 1993, and moved to Lima, Peru, around the age of three. Carlin and his family later traveled to Miami, Florida, where he resided until he was 18 years old.
“My parents came to the U.S. when I was seven and, ever since then, I remembered saying how I wanted to be in the Peruvian military, but since I was in the U.S., I decided to join a military service here. I also remember my grandfather saying that nothing worth fighting for comes easy, so I decided to join the Marine Corps,” Carlin said. “I’ve heard many people say that it was the toughest military branch and I thought to myself, ‘This is perfect for me.’”
As an addition to his military inspiration, Carlin’s uncle was in the Peruvian Navy. Although Carlin states that both family members influenced him, he says his grandfather inspired him the most.
Although he was originally inspired to join the military by his family, he never anticipated the family he would find in the Marine Corps.
After graduating boot camp on October 18, 2012, Carlin then graduated Marine Combat Training on December 15, 2012, and entered the fleet on January 31, 2013.
“My first thought when I actually started my job was, ‘What did I get myself into?,’” Carlin said. “I quickly came to realize it’s a lot of hours and a lot of work, but I knew the faster I got the job done, the faster I got off and could rest.”
After experiencing on the job training, Carlin said he had a good feel for the rhythm of his workday, and started to focus on the actual execution of his job rather than just finishing for the day.
“When Carlin came into the shop, I knew he would be dedicated to working and getting the job done,” said Cpl. Deneaga D. McMillian, a supply administrator with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, who works very closely with Carlin. “At work, he is one of the hardest working Marines I know. I’m confident that he would be able to handle a whole section by himself and because of that, he’s my go to man, definitely a dependable source.”
Upon arrival to his shop, Carlin said that McMillian made sure that he got out of the barracks and was properly prepared and equipped for his day-to-day tasks.
Carlin also said McMillian taught him the ins and outs of their job and made sure Carlin accomplished them correctly.
“I wasn’t expecting to make a bond with Carlin, due to being his superior and my mindset of working with everyone was just business,” McMillian said. “But I consider Carlin my brother. After seeing him in action and going further and beyond what’s needed, he showed me that I can depend on him whether it’s work related or not.”
Corporals Carlin and McMillian have been working together a little more than two years and both depend on each other to aid in the function of their shop.
“I couldn’t ask for anyone else better to work with,” Carlin said, “I honestly appreciate everything McMillian has taught me and will not only take every lesson I’ve learned, but the memories I’ve collected wherever I go.”
“Cpl. Carlin has told me a few stories about his grandfather and the sayings he use to tell him,” McMillian said. “Although I’ve never met Carlin’s grandfather, I get the feeling he was a very motivational man and I see a lot of that in Carlin and the way he carries himself.”
As both Marines continue their time within the Marine Corps, their brother-like bond continues to grow.