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This is the second in a series about graduates from Mountain Valley High School who are serving our country in the military.
As of May 2012, Corporal Christian Chessie is a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. reserves. Prior to that, he spent three years on active duty. Chessie graduated from Mountain Valley High School in 2009.
During his time on active duty, he had performed a variety of missions.
Cpl Chessie explained, “My MOS is 2844, Ground Communications Organizational Repair. I’m in charge of maintaining and repairing all of the communications gear for my unit, 1st Marines, 25th Battalion. I’ve also had the chance to work with the recruiters for a few months before I deployed, and while I was in Afghanistan I was tasked with security forces.”
Like many high school graduates, Cpl Chessie needed some time to consider his options and plan his future.
“I didn’t feel like college was the best option straight out of high school, and the Marines seemed like a good way to challenge myself and mature a little before continuing on with my education,” he explained.
Now that he is a reservist, he plans earn a mechanical engineering degree at University of Southern Maine.
During his service, he saw both coasts as well as Afghanistan. He spent time at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms, both Marine bases in California. Currently, he is stationed at Fort Devens in Massachusetts.
Cpl Chessie is the son of Cheryl Finlay of Rumford and Chris Chessie of Mexico.
If you know of a MVHS alumnus who is currently serving their country or has recently finished their enlistment, please contact Donna Peare at email@example.com.