Jeff Gibson ’10 was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Commissioned ranks are the highest in the military, with officers holding presidential commissions and being confirmed to their ranks by the Senate. Gibson joined the USMC Officers Candidate program when he was a first-year at Hobart.
“Since I was a little kid I always wanted to join the Marines. I fell in love with the idea of service to your country,” says Gibson, whose grandfathers both served in the U. S. Army during World War II, one of whom participated in the Normandy Invasion.
Gibson attended a 10-week course at Officer Candidates School (OCS), in Quantico, during the summer between his sophomore and junior year. According to the Marines’ website, “The mission of OCS is to train, screen and evaluate candidates, who must demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and commitment to success in order to earn a commission.”
A week before graduation from Hobart, he submitted his final paperwork and later was informed of his acceptance.
“Getting in was a relief. I had waited years for this and it’s finally happening,” adds Gibson, who has also been approved for a very competitive flight school program. Currently, his aircraft assignment is still open but eventually he will be working with jets or helicopters.
From Pine City, N.Y., Gibson graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in psychology; he minored in peer education. He was a student athletic trainer and participated in many intramural sports, and was one of three in his graduating class to serve as a volunteer firefighters for the City of Geneva Fire Department. He was also a member of Chi Phi and studied abroad in Wales in the spring of 2009.