WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Exponent) - After five years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Purdue student veteran found himself at home thinking, "OK, I'm back. Now what do I do?"
Following the terrorist strike on Sept. 11, 2001, Ryan Keene developed a fierce determination to serve in the military. After high school, he enlisted and served as a helicopter mechanic in the Marines from January 2007 to January 2012. Now, a freshman studying aeronautical engineering technology, Ryan reflects back to his experiences as a Marine.
During his five years of active duty, Ryan was deployed twice to the western side of Africa to hunt pirates. During that time, there were times he thought he would've been better suited back home as an average college student.
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