MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Some people spend all their lives searching for themselves. Others know relatively early in life. At 15, Sgt. Jolanta Krempin, the NCO of the Quarter, had a clear picture of where she wanted her life to go.
Krempin had immigrated to the United States from Warsaw, Poland, with her parents in 1993 and began high school, graduating in 1996. By the time she graduated, Krempin already had the desire to become a Marine, she said.
The distinguished noncommissioned officer recalled arriving in the United States without being able to speak English very well. She came across a magazine article about a young woman who had joined the Marine Corps. The woman talked about the prestige and respect that came with being a Marine. In that moment, Krempin decided the Marine Corps was for her. She wanted the prestige. She wanted the respect.
"I knew that if I joined the Corps and did well, then I could do anything," said Krempin.
Six years later, Krempin is still doing well, having been selected as the NCO of the Quarter Nov. 26. Master Sgt. Lisa Dunson, the supply chief at the Publications Section here, recommended Krempin who serves as a supply clerk in the section, to compete against other noncommissioned officers aboard the base.
"She had faith in me and thought I deserved it,"said Krempin.
According to Dunson, Krempin is motivated and works hard to excel in all areas of her life including the board.
"She is a high performance Marine," said Dunson.
Facing the board, Krempin expected to answer difficult questions such as being asked to name specific elected officials or current events.
According to Krempin, she faced questions on basic military knowledge. She feels that most of the Marines who competed expected the unexpected questions and studied accordingly.
Winning the competition is not the only accomplishment others see when they look at Krempin. She is a member of the MCLB Albany Color Guard detail and regularly volunteers her time when the Albany community needs help. But, Krempin is modest about her outstanding work.
Krempin was raised to believe that actions speak louder than words. Striving to succeed in the Corps and the United States, she is currently five classes shy of completing her associate of arts degree at Darton College. Her continuing education is a means an end, she said.
Krempin is also working to earn American citizenship. Eventually, she wants to become a Marine officer. She feels she would be able to make a greater difference to fellow Marines and the Corps as an officer. She has enjoyed her time as an enlisted Marine, but she said she wants more.
"The Marine Corps is my life," said Krempin, who wants to go to Europe. After serving a tour in Okinawa, she is eager to experience more of the world through the Corps.
"I see a lot of good leaders in the Corps, and I see how they deal with the troops," said Krempin.
Krempin appreciates the various leadership methods different Marines use to accomplish their missions and takes some part of each with her, she said. But, the one thing that she feels is most important is the loyalty Marines have to each other and the Corps.
"Her future looks bright and promising," said Dunson.
Although, Krempin is not yet a U.S. citizen, her patriotism and loyalty is unwavering. She looks forward to the rest of her time in the Corps.