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The Marine Corps, like America, is a melting pot of beliefs, cultures, and values. This diversity provides strength to the organization through unique individuals equipped mentally and spiritually to deal with the day-to-day rigors of service.
For Lance Cpl. Nathan Battle, an administration specialist currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron - 371, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, his beliefs act as his foundation, his philosophy, and way of life aimed at developing himself, others, and the Marine Corps.
“I grew up in the church,” said Battle. "My father was a pastor, and his father was a pastor. I also have several uncles who are pastors. The church and God are central for me and my family. It gives me inspiration and helps me put a lot of my life in context.”
Battle grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived there until he was 18 and decided to join the Marine Corps.
This decision came after Battle had attended Marine Week St. Louis. Marine Week is an annual series of community relations and outreach events focusing on one city at a time. It includes static displays of aircraft and amphibious vehicles, dynamic exhibitions of raid force insertions, Marine Band performances, recruiting information booths, and more. Battle said he was so enthralled with the displays and demonstrations he immediately sought out a recruiter and started the enlistment process.
Nearly three years later, Battle has learned to connect the values he brought to the institution with those he’s gained as a Marine. The service’s core values of honor, courage and commitment are fully compatible with his own personal convictions, which he credits with enabling him to act with a rare, effortless confidence.
“Humility and faith are pillars for me,” said Battle. “When times get hard I calm myself down and focus on these things. They remind me to be mindful of my limitations as well as to stay completely open and accepting to whatever life brings my way.”
Battle doesn’t just reserve these ideas and mental comforts to himself; he also willingly and fervently expresses a desire to use his beliefs and religious understanding to help others in need.
“Working in admin has worked to my benefit in a way,” said Battle. I know pretty much everyone in my unit. They know my religious background, and often times come to me if they feel that they are in need of prayer. I am always willing to help and it leaves me with a really good feeling knowing that I can help provide comfort for people.”
Battle’s beliefs don’t just help improve lives on a personal level; his attitude and demeanor bring an air of comfort to his workplace.
“Battle is a very easy-going guy,” said Sgt. Julius Griffin, administration chief with MWSS-371. “He is very well liked within the unit and seen as helpful by many people. I think that because he deals with so many people, he has a positive influence on the unit. As an administrator, you are in a position to help people. If you can bring a positive attitude and are enthusiastic about your work, the benefits become immeasurable.”
And, helping as many people as possible is Battle’s goal. He has taken his personal religious philosophies and combined them with Marine Corps values to develop a unique form of leadership.
“My favorite quote is, ‘Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence,’” said Battle. “I want to help as many people as I possibly can and I pray that the influence I have is a good one.”
Battle says that at the end of the day he is left feeling satisfied. Satisfied because he notices personal growth, and satisfied because he has left the Marine Corps better than it was before.
The United States Marine Corps looks forward to celebrating community, country and Corps with the greater Phoenix area as more than 600 Marines flood the "Valley of the Sun,” from Sept. 10 – 13, 2015.
Your Leathernecks will perform band concerts, showcase equipment and aircraft, such as the MV-22 Osprey and AH-1Z Super Cobra, and engage in community service events. For more information, visit http://www.marines.mil/marineweek or https://www.facebook.com/corpsconnection