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Saint Vincent grad makes Marine recruiting poster

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 2:57 p.m.

A 2016 Saint Vincent College graduate who is serving in the Marine Corps is pictured on a recruiting poster, beckoning men and women to join her in serving the country.

Second Lt. Drew C. Meeker of Aliquippa is a photographer in her field uniform with the phrase, “My Will Is Stronger Than Any Weapon.”

“I thought the picture was pretty cool. I was not expecting it to be featured in that way or that publicly,” said Meeker, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminology, law and society.

The quote with the photo was written by the Marine Corps, Meeker said.

“But I feel very lucky to have my picture out there and if it motivates another young woman to join, I think that would be pretty awesome,” Meeker said.

Meeker completed training at the Marines Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., in September 2017, where her platoon of 63 women was narrowed to just 29 by graduation. The picture was taken when she was doing a live fire range in Quantico before Christmas, Meeker said.

“After we were done conducting our attack on the range, a group of photographers came up to the women in my platoon and asked for pictures of us while we had our full kits on,” which includes Kevlar, flak jacket and rifle, she said.

“After taking group pictures, photographers asked three of us to take some single photos and I just happened to be one of the lucky ones picked,” Meeker said. “They said they needed more representations of females in the Marine Corps portrayed in the field environment and wanted to know if we would be that for them and we, of course, said yes.”

Meeker did not see the photo until the poster was published.

“I am not sure what else they plan on doing with them since we have not gotten any word,” Meeker said.

After graduating from The Basic School, Meeker said she will be a logistics officer and go to Okinawa, Japan, in June to serve two of her four years of duty.

“I could not be more excited for what is to come,” Meeker said.

After serving in the Marines for four years, Meeker said she plans to apply to the FBI to work in counterintelligence.

She credits Saint Vincent College and the guidance of her advisers in the criminology department with helping her achieve success.

At Saint Vincent, Meeker was a member of the Criminology Club and Colleges against Cancer. She played basketball for three years, from 2012 to 2015, and served as captain during her junior year.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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