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University of Georgia graduate shares patriotism working with Blue Angels

University of Georgia graduate Corrie Mays says her favorite part of
being a Marine is giving back to communities. This weekend, she’s
returning to Georgia to do just that.

The 2003 graduate studied environmental economics and management in college, but soon felt uninspired by her career choice.

“Everything felt like it was on track, but it just wasn’t fulfilling to me,” Mays said.

She kept coming back to a feeling she’d had while enrolled in college.

“I was in school during the time 9/11 happened. It really moved me,”
Mays said. “The idea of joining the military wasn’t something I ever
considered until that time.”

That feeling of patriotism returned and she chose to act on it. She enrolled to become an officer in the U.S.

Marine Corps.

“I wanted to stand up and help defend this country and what it’s
about, and everyone who has come before us and volunteered to join the
forces,” Mays said.

She felt a responsibility to do what she felt was her part in the job of keeping the country safe.

“If we don’t all stand up together and work on this and do our part,

then we’re not going to really get anywhere,” Mays said.

She chose the Marines because she was impressed by the complex
training they receive and the opportunity to take a leadership role.

“In the Marine Corps we lead from day one,” she said. “As soon as we
finish our basic training, our young officers can go out into the fleet
and lead Marines.”

Mays, who became a captain, was deployed twice — once in 2012
to the
western part of the Pacific Ocean and once in 2013 to the Middle East.

After that she was assigned to be an events coordinator of the Navy
Blue Angels. The group performs flight shows around the country.

The Blue Angels will perform at the Great Georgia Air Show held at
the Atlanta Regional Airport in Peachtree City today and Sunday.

Mays said she’s excited to return to her adopted home state of
Georgia for the performance. Her job with the group is to scope out new
locations for performances and book the year’s shows.

We perform in the air shows, and that’s what everyone sees and loves,
but we take just as much time doing community outreach,” Mays said.

The Blue Angels meet with local Boy and Girl Scout troops, schools
and other community gatherings to spread their message of patriotism.

“We are not necessarily looking to recruit when we’re on the road. We
just want people to look at what we do and think how awesome that is
and the teamwork and excellence it took to do what we do and do that
themselves,” said Mays. “If they can be their best at whatever they want
to do, and hopefully that includes giving back to our community, then
we’ve done our job.”

For more information about the show, visit http://www.thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com/.

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