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Colorado Springs native featured in recruitment spot for Marine Corps

By: Tony Peck
February 25, 2018 Updated: February 26, 2018 at 7:27 am
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Karissa Tanguay-Jones, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, sits in the back of an MV-22 Osprey during a recent training flight in California. Tanguay-Jones stars in "A Nation's Call," the latest advertisement released under the Marine Corps' "Battles Won" strategy. The commercial unfolds by showcasing the full power of the United States Marine Corps engaged in an assault mission. Depicting a 5th Generation Marine Corps operation (naval integration, ship-to-objective, technology-fueled). As the Marines move toward the objective, each layer of ships, tanks, armored vehicles, planes and helicopters is removed. This visual story, in combination with the voiceover, will communicate and emphasize to the audience that, when the Nation faces any battle, the Marines themselves-with their fighting spirit-are the greatest weapon in the United States Marine Corps' arsenal.

A local Marine got a taste of Hollywood in the Corps' newest recruitment advertisement that debuted during the Super Bowl.

Cpl. Karissa Tanguay-Jones, or Tangy as she is known to her friends, is a crew chief aboard a MV-22 Osprey. She can be seen racking back a .50-caliber heavy machine gun and looking out the back of her aircraft in the Marine's newest ad.

"I love being a crew chief," Tangy said in a military news release. "Flying is an adrenaline rush. Looking down on the world is an amazing sight."

Tanguay-Jones' father lives in Colorado Springs, where she spent much of her youth. She joined the Marine Corps after a semester at the Community College of Denver.

Her shortlived foray into college life left her unfulfilled. So, she turned to the military.

"After talking to the Marine recruiters, I knew where I belonged," Tangy said. "The confidence, pride and discipline the Marines would help give me is exactly what I needed in my life."

Tangy took to the disciplined life immediately, graduating top of her class from flight school. She is also the only female crew chief in her squadron stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

"Females can do just about anything in the Marine Corps," she said.

When the Marine Corps started looking for Marines to spotlight in their February ad, Tangy's command jumped at the chance to showcase their squared-away noncommissioned officer.

"My gunny (gunnery sergeant) put me on the audition," she laughed. "When you join the Marine Corps, you don't expect to be on TV."

When asked why she thought she was picked, Tangy responded with a bit of Marine confidence, "Because I actually knew what I was doing."

The recruitment ad focuses on the "indomitable fighting spirit of each and every Marine," the Corps said in a news release.

That is accomplished by focusing on single Marines amid the "overwhelming material might of the Navy and Marine Corps team - amphibious shipping, aviation and ground assets," the Marines said.

Tanguay-Jones spent a week on set and is seen about halfway through the ad as she readies her machine gun from the back of an Osprey.

"It was different," she said. "It wasn't really in the air. We had to do some Hollywood stuff."

Always flexible, the young Marine now must shift from Hollywood theatrics to a deployment mindset before her first trip overseas.

Still, she can reminisce about her journey. "I went from being lost out of high school to finding something to be proud of," Tanguay-Jones said in a release. "You just have to take a chance and not be afraid."

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