The Marine Corps expanded Adam Tomblin’s view of the world and helped him achieve a series of firsts.
The longtime Commerce resident had never flown in an airplane until he joined the Marines in 2008.
In four years in the Marines, Tomblin, now 28, traveled far out of his comfort zone in rural northeast Georgia with the Marines to parts of Europe, several areas of the South Pacific and Afghanistan.
Those travels opened his eyes to the great disparity of wealth in the world. For instance, he said, in Singapore, he saw shacks packed with people and, two blocks away, a shopping mall selling $5,000 women’s purses.