A couple of weeks ago LB (03XX Director of Operations) was out blanketing the Centreville, VA area with flyers for a charity bike wash. While stopping into all of the local motorcycle businesses he walked into Brooks’ Cycle Center and saw a large Marine Corps flag hanging behind the desk. It wasn’t your standard flag. It was one of those nice ones with the gold fringe around it. Come to find out the owner of Brooks’ Cycle Center is a Marine Veteran and is an 0311 (Jason Brooks).

While speaking with Jason he shared his story of all the trials and tribulations in the job market after he got out of the Marine Corps. As an 0311 he kept charging the hill. He had a day job but also helped fix motorcycles out of his jeep in his spare time to make extra money for his family. A little over a year ago he took the leap and started his own business. When LB stopped in there was a buzz around the shop and there were several bikes out front awaiting service.

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1st Sergeant Donald Hamblen enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. After his initial training, he was assigned to D 2/5 in Korea. 1st Sgt Hamblen served with distinction as a Scout/Sniper. During an engagement with Chinese Communists forces, he was wounded in a mortar barrage. While being evacuated by a litter team, his group was ambushed by an element of Chinese infantrymen. Hamblen was again wounded, after being shot in the leg. Despite his wounds, Hamblen quickly made his way back to his unit and was promoted to squad leader.

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