March 29, 2012

Maggie and her not so typical Marine Corps family

Cpl. Shelby Shields
Photo by Cpl. Shelby Shields

Usually, when you think of your stereotypical Marine Corps family you have dad, the hard working, hard-charging Marine, the backbone and support system, his wife, and often times one if not multiple little bundles of joy.

For Lance Cpl. Maggie Chase, legal service specialist at the station legal office, things at home are a little reversed.

She has taken on the role of not only a full-time Marine, but equally, if not more important a mom and wife as well, with a husband and son who support her all along the way.

“I like being a working mom because I get interaction with people I normally wouldn’t get by being at home,” Chase said. “The worst part about it is being away from my son.”

Chase has made the decision to stay in for the job security and, “because I love the Marine Corps,” she added jovially.

It has been quite an adjustment for the Chase family over the last few months with her husband very recently saying farewell to the Corps, the most obvious being money.

He helps take care of their son, the home, plans on attending school full-time and recently applied for a position with the local sheriff’s department.

“The biggest misconception is that it’s easy, my husband does so much at home,” said Chase. “He’s amazing and takes care of everything, I’m more of a messy person and he’s the complete opposite, I couldn’t do this without him.”

Wishing the roles were reversed is not a thought Chase often finds crossing her mind.

“I don’t feel one way or the other about it,” she stated with confidence. “I love what I do and all I want is for my husband to be happy and enjoy what he does.”

Not all families have to fit a certain mold and in today’s society most often don’t. The Chase’s are a perfect example of how breaking the stereotypes can lead to a happily ever after.

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