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Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2016 1:32 pm

SAN DIEGO — Pfc. Kirkland Outlar graduated from the Marines with honors last week. 

Outlar has spent the last three months in an intensive training course at the Marine Corp recruit depot since June. 

Outlar has spent a majority of his life preparing for the moment he would become a marine. After four years in ROTC throughout high school he was allowed to be contracted as a Private First Class once he hit training with the Marines. 

Growing up and taking responsibility for himself came at an early age for Outlar. 

Spending time in and out of foster homes and moving back and fourth across Texas to eventually end up in Wharton would drive Outlar toward the stability that the Marine life would eventually offer. 

Outlar being raised by his grandmother, Isabella Franco, who inspired him to never give up, and to always try harder even when you think you have done your best was a major key in Outlar’s life. 

“Having my grandmother push me and tell me I could do better led me to believe that I can always strive for more even when I think I’ve done my best,” said Outlar. 

Having only graduated Wharton High School in May, Outlar headed straight to boot camp 20 days after graduating leaving his friends and family to achieve one of his life time goals in becoming a Marine. At a young age Outlar was inspired by a family friend, Lionel Pastor, who once served in the military. 

“Lionel taught me what respect and family really looked and felt like,” said Outlar. “I wasn’t informed when Lionel passed away so I never got a chance to say goodbye. Joining the military was my way of paying tribute to a man who deeply influenced my life.”

Although Outlar has triumphed through many struggling stages in his life he now derives his strength from his family. 

Outlar married Tracy Geib Outlar this week after spending the past two years together and waiting until he graduated boot camp to see his first born daughter, Carissa Outlar. 

Outlar also has two stepdaughters that he takes pride in raising along side Tracy. 

“I am honored to know that I have three girls to look up to me and especially honored to be a part of such a tight nuclear family that really gets me through all the hard moments in my life,” said Outlar. 

At the Marine ceremony last week in San Diego, Outlar was presented with a plaque from the board of governors of the U.S. Marine Corps association and foundation. Outlar was one of five marines presented as an honor graduate in recognition of high endeavor and superior accomplishment while under going recruit training at the marine Corp recruit depot Platoon Honorman PFC fox co. out of 531 Marine graduates. 

Outlar was directly selected by the senior drill instructor as platoon guide to oversee the squad leaders under him with a total of 80 people in his platoon that he was responsible for. 

Platoon guide is a competitive position during training that Outlar received his third week in and maintained throughout his entire time at boot camp. 

Outlar has set strong goals for himself in hopes of one day becoming an NCO and then getting his degree in criminal justice to become a state trooper or a lawyer. 

Outlar having accomplished such high goals at such a young age strives to continue to achieve all goals that he sets for himself. Keeping in mind that his family is always by his side. 

“My family is my motivation, I want to become a person my family can love and respect,” said Outlar.

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