In life we are born into certain roles. Automatic titles stamped onto us at the very instant our lives begin. Son. Cousin. Grandson. Nephew. Those were the labels that Philip Michell took on from moment he was born and has continued to represent throughout his life. However, as human beings we have this instinct within ourselves that pushes us to strive for more. For Philip, this instinct took hold of him at an early age. And so upon graduating high school, he decided to achieve his goal of titling himself as the one thing he was not born as but instead born for.
On October 5, 2005 Philip graduated from the Marines Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina and checked in to his current unit 4th Anglico in 2006. Shortly after, he was sent off on his first deployment to Iraq for 8 months. Upon his return, he began to consider possible routes he could take in regards to his academics, but later decided on volunteering for a second tour in Iraq. Once returning from his deployment, he dedicated his time to his studies. After completing some courses at Miami Dade College, Philip decided to enroll in Santa Fe College in 2011 where he would receive his Associates degree.
Shortly after, he moved back to Miami and began taking courses at Florida International University with ambitions to graduate with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in History. However, throughout this time his passion for the military continued on and so Philip applied and was accepted into Officer Candidate School. It was throughout the summer of 2013 in which he completed the first 6 weeks of OCS in Quantico, Virginia.
That following fall and spring semester, he devoted his time to taking the courses required for his bachelor’s degree. However, his unwavering desire to serve our country alongside his fellow Marines never ceased and so he volunteered for the third time and was deployed on March 25, 2014. During his time overseas, he continued to excel in his academics by taking online courses. He is expected to return home on August 16, 2014, where his family and friends will be eagerly waiting to embrace him.
Many would say that Philip’s dedication to his country has instilled in him a sense of leadership, but I believe he was born with this. Throughout the last 9 years, he has proven to be an above-and-beyond marine. Not only has he served his country multiple times with a military occupation specialty of 0861 Fire Support Man and 8002 Joint Terminal Attack Controller, but he has assisted in the training of his firepower control team and participated in multiple training events around the world. It has been throughout this journey that Philip has represented not only himself, but the United States of America, with the title: Staff Sergeant Michell, United States Marine.