MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- A 20-year-old computer repair technician was recently named MCLB Albany's Marine of the Quarter.
To earn the honor, Lance Cpl. Chris D. Tigar, successfully passed three screening processes, known as boards. His first board pit he and his co-workers in a work section competition. He competed with Marines through out the Information and Technology Division at the next board.
Tigar admitted he was nervous when he represented his division at the basewide board. He concentrated on exemplifying professionalism, bearing and tact - the characteristics that set Marines apart form their counterparts in the sister services to maintain focus and calm as he stood before the panel of judges.
Marines who competed for the title of Marine of the Quarter were judged on how they carried themselves - or their bearing. They also answered 15 questions pertaining to the Corps. Tigar felt pretty good about himself after answering 11 of those questions correctly, but he was still surprised when he told he won.
"I really didn't expect that much," said Tigar. "I just wanted to get up there and do my best and learn from the experience."
During the board Tigar tried to fight his nerves, but they got the best of him. While answering a question and trying to look straight ahead, he accidentally called a master gunnery sergeant a gunnery sergeant and a sergeant major, a first sergeant. Despite his mistakes, he maintained his bearing and hoped it wouldn't cost him the board.
Now that Tigar is the Marine of the Quarter, he feels some pressure to live up to the title, but said he won't do anything different. He'll continue to strive toward excellence and become the best Marine he can.
"I'm just trying to be myself and do what I think is right as a Marine," said Tigar.
With two years of Marine life under his belt, the promotion to corporal is right around the corner. While Tigar awaits promotion, he said he learns how to become a leader from senior Marines. One leadership trait that he has already adopted is leading by example, which Tigar feels every leader must do to earn the respect of junior Marines.
Although Tigar is only a lance corporal, Sgt. Thomas Miller, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the computer repair shop here, said Tigar is already leading Marines.
"As far as I'm concerned he sets the standard for lance corporals and below in this shop," said Miller.
After being in the shop for just a week, Tigar, eager to lead, asked for the responsibility of ensuring the junior Marines' proper appearance. Along with that task, Tigar now also makes sure the junior Marines are at all formations and are accounted for.
"I think he'll be an asset I look forward to having as an NCO," said Miller. "He's doing the job of an NCO now, I'd just like to see him with the rank."
Among many positive character traits Miller sees in Tigar are ambition and a willingness to take charge, he said. He never has to worry about Tigar completing a task, because he goes full steam at anything he is assigned. From the first moment he met Tigar, Miller knew by the spit-shinned boots, neatly pressed cammies and can-do attitude, that he was a motivated Marine.
Tigar constantly tries to learn more about his job and about leading Marines. Wherever he goes he makes a good impression.
"When somebody hears my name or is talking about me, I want it to be in a positive manner," said Tigar.