Tammie Summers
Aide De Camp - Arkansas - Marines

Hello, my name is Tammie Summers. I am a third-generation Marine and a second-generation Woman Marine. My grandfather served on Guadalcanal as a cook during World War 2. My father drove AMTRAKS during Vietnam. My mother was a Vietnam-era admin clerk. I served four years as a 7041, Flight Line Administrative Specialist.

 

In August 1996, a shy girl boarded a plane to Marine Corps Depot Parris Island, SC. I was one of the First Female Platoons in Boot Camp to run the 3-mile PFT. One of the First two female platoons to complete a full Crucible. Several months later a proud Marine graduated.  I then proceeded to the white elephant barracks on Parris Island, SC, where I was one of the first two female platoons to attempt and complete MCT (Marine Combat Training). I then proceeded to Naval Air Station, Meridian, MS for my MOS (Military Occupational Specialty School) Flight Line Administrative Specialist, 7041.

 

My only Unit and Duty Stations were MAG-16 PSD (Marine Aircraft Group 16) on MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Tustin, which we closed due to BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) and MCAS Miramar, which we opened as a Marine Corps Air Base. While checking into MAG-16, I met my husband (Ken Summers) of 25 years.

 

My command soon realized I liked to break the most major unwritten rule in any military service, I liked to volunteer. By doing so I was able to serve two weeks TAD (temporary additional duty) on the USS Tarawa, as one of the first female Marines to serve aboard a ship. I was able to be a "refugee” actor for training for units preparing to deploy. I spent a year at H&HS in Miramar.  

 

Currently, I work for the state of Arkansas with the Department of Parks Heritage and Tourism. I should graduate from Cossatot Community College with an Associate Degree in Digital Media and Marketing this December.  My hobbies include cooking, baking, wood burning, gardening, and volunteering. In addition to the Marine Corps League, I also volunteer with the Texarkana Area Veterans Council, where I am the Vice-President.

 

I got more out of my four years in the Marine Corps than I ever imagined. I gained confidence and leadership skills.