August 4, 2010 – Captain Kim Rossiter
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - When Kim Rossiter graduated from Barbe High School in 1994, he knew right where he was going: the Marine Corps.
"Actually it was one of those things where it was just before my Senior year in high school where you start to look at options," recalled Rossiter. "When it all come down to it, we made that decision to just look at each of the armed services...saw the Marine in dress blues and the rest is history."
Sixteen years later, Captain Rossiter has been selected "Marine Corps and Navy instructor of the year. He was chosen out of 7,000 other instructors in the corps. Rossiter says he loves teaching new Marines.
"It's awesome to watch the light bulb come on. I've spoken to a lot of folks in academia and education realms. They all seem to say the same thing. It's when you see that student come into the classroom, have an open mind about things and eventually they grasp the concept and it's like, "wow!" You can see their brain tick inside their head. Very awesome."
Having served tours of duty including Iraq, South Korea and Norway, Rossiter is currently based in Virginia Beach, Virginia as company commander for enlisted intelligence training.
"The Marine Corps is built on its history, its traditions and its customs. We pride ourselves on those things. We often bring our history to light for all the new Marines to come to appreciate. So to be just one very small part in such a very large team and a lot of whole history is quite rewarding."
Captain Kim Rossiter is this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot.