JACKSONVILLE, NC - A Ripley native Marine was in the national news last week, escorting Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, NC.

Sgt. Seth Fisher, a combat instructor at the Marine School of Infantry, was chosen to escort Secretary Hagel who visited Camp Geiger. Hagel watched Echo Company practice at the School of Infantry East MOUT, and held a closed door meeting with female Marines to discuss their integration into combat arms.

Camp Geiger has been the eastern Marine School of Infantry since 1953, and is the next training step for Marines after boot camp at Parris Island. The SOI mantra is "Every Marine is a rifleman," and trains Marines to be capable of fulfilling his/her duties while operating in a combat environment. Marines at Camp Geiger are funneled into either Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) for advanced training in preparation for deployment with the fleet or Marine Combat Training (MCT) to further hone combat skills.

The Marine School of Infantry trains 20,000 Marines each year.
Sgt. Seth Fisher, 24, is the son of Dodieand Kenny Fisher, lifelong Ripley residents. He is a 2007 graduate of Ripley High School, where he played football and baseball. He graduated from RpHS on a Friday and left for boot camp at Parris Island on the following Monday. Sgt, Fisher served a tour of duty in Afghanistan prior to becoming a combat instructor at Camp Geiger. A career Marines, Fisher bought a house in the Jacksonville, NC area.