MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – After a successful tour in the Marine Corps, one 23-year-old corporal has begun preparing himself for his life’s next big challenge: earning a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, an Ivy League school in New York.
Cpl. Kyle Lichtenberger left home from Missouri, July 30, 2007, to step on the yellow footprints at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, with the goal of earning the title Marine, as three previous generations of his family have done.
Pictured: Cpl. Kyle Lichtenberger poses for a photograph in his home in Jacksonville, N.C. July 15. Lichtenberger is on terminal leave awaiting his Expiration of Active Service date, July 29. He has been accepted by Columbia University in New York
Before joining the Marine Corps, Lichtenberger attended Moberly Area Community College in Columbia, Mo., on a two-year scholarship. As the end of his academic program drew near, he said he realized he wanted to experience something different.