Marine Lt. Col. Randy Page
Military Faculty Adviser
Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Originally, I’m from Wagon Wheel, N.M. Growing up, I had very little exposure to, or understanding
of, the military other than knowing both sides of my
family had a long history of military service. It was not
until my older brother enlisted in the Marine Corps as
an infantryman that I became curious and eventually
excited about serving in the Marines.
What also sparked my interest was the transformation my brother underwent because of his service. He
had grown because of the challenges the Corps placed in
his path. He was now passionate, disciplined and talked
about the joys of serving with and leading Marines.
Of course, my family discouraged my interest because
of the reputation my uncle enjoyed who had served in
the Marines, but it was too late. I was hooked. I completed a degree in political science at the University of New
Mexico and received a commission through NROTC
[Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps]. After completing The Basic School at Quantico, Va., in 1992 I was
selected for infantry.
All my tours have been memorable, but two in partic-
ular were the most beneficial because of the personal
and professional growth I experienced. I deployed with
a battalion landing team (BLT) as a reconnaissance pla-
toon commander. Being an independent platoon com-
mander sounds great, but you have to do a lot of things
on your own which, previously, you took for granted.
“If we’re asked to go fill sandbags for humanitarian relief, we do that. If
we’re asked to go do a raid, we can do that, too. It makes me thrilled to be
in an organization that is like that. It’s something that I carry to this day.”