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September 9, 2013

Tifton native makes ‘meteoric’ rise in Marines

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

By Marine Corps standards, a Tifton native’s rise through the ranks has been nothing short of meteoric. 

In less than four years Staff Sgt. Zane Moorman pinned on the rank of sergeant, accomplishing what takes many Marines twice as long to do. After deploying to Afghanistan for a second time, his seniors saw exemplary leadership potential in him, and he earned a combat meritorious promotion to the rank of staff sergeant less than five years after joining the military.

Now the regimental radio chief for Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), Moorman recently rededicated himself to his Marines and the Marine Corps when he reenlisted here during his third deployment to Afghanistan in September.

It’s been less than eight years since he first donned the uniform.

“It’s a great honor to know I have the opportunity to serve another four years, to lead and guide the future of the Marine Corps,” said Moorman after his reenlistment. “As a man, without the uniform on, I don’t need to be in the Marine Corps. I could be successful outside the military, but I want to be here to help contribute to our success in the future as the best fighting organization in the world.”

Moorman said every day is an opportunity. The chance to serve is not a duty, but a gift. 

“What I expect of myself, I put into my Marines,” he said. “I always go back to the [principle] know yourself and seek self-improvement. We wake up every day and say, ‘We’re here, it’s a good day. Life is good.’ But what can we do to make things better for ourselves, our Marines and the Marine Corps? That’s how I go about it … not settling for anything less.”

His zeal for leadership and tradition are not new. Moorman received numerous accolades throughout his career. He earned the Gung-Ho award upon completion of the Martial Arts Instructor Course in 2007 and later took the Honor Graduate and Leadership award for his performance at the Marine Corps’ notoriously-tough Drill Instructor School. 

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