All of us at Lands’ End are grateful for the dedication and selflessness of every man and woman who serves or has served in our armed forces. Thank you. Thank you for your service, your valor and your sacrifice.
We’d also like to share a story about a remarkable woman who’s blazing her own trail in one of the Marines Corps’ most male-dominated specialties.
Robin Baker, a Marine Corps combat engineer, grew up just down the road from our Dodgeville headquarters in Mineral Point, WI., where she enjoyed “running around and playing in the dirt like Indiana Jones.”
Bored with more conventional paths, she ended up visiting a Marine recruiter whose pitch included a video detailing the various jobs available. When they got to the part about explosives, she knew she’d found her calling.
After recruit training in November of 2000, Robin completed her specialty training as a combat engineer and reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA where she was one of only five women in her unit.
Refusing to take shortcuts and eager to prove herself, she took great pride in doing everything the guys did… and then some.
She attained the rank of Sergeant within her first 4-year enlistment.
She joined the Camp Pendleton shooting team and received accolades for her performance. She graduated first in her class at the Platoon Sergeants Course and became the first female master breacher after successfully completing the Marine Corps’ Urban Breachers Course.
And on October 1, 2013, in a special ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Robin Baker became the first female combat engineer to earn the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Robin Baker, a Mineral Point, Wis., native and combat engineer with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command-Southwest, pins on the rank of gunnery sergeant during a promotion ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2013. Baker became the first female to earn the rank of gunnery sergeant in her military specialty after more than a decade of service. U.S. Marine Corps photo.
If you’re wondering where a small-town ‘girl’ like Robin gets her drive, dedication and commitment to serve, we’d like to introduce you to Robin’s very proud mother, Margaret.
Right about the time Robin earned the right to be called “Gunny,” Margaret celebrated her 30th year with Lands’ End as a Customer Care Specialist.
Congratulations Robin and Margaret! And our sincere thanks to you both.
By Mike with excerpts from “Face of Defense: Combat Engineer Becomes First Female ‘Gunny’” by Marine Corps Cpl. Paul Peterson
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