U.S. Marine Corps
Dates Served: January 2007 – April 2011
First – 2007 – 2008 – Private – 0811 Field Artillery Cannoneer – U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego
Last – 2009 – 2011 – Corporal – 0811 Field Artillery Cannoneer – U. S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Erik Tingle was an enlisted active duty Marine from January 2007 to April 2011. During that time, he was promoted from the rank of Private to Corporal. The Marine Corps recognized Corporal Tingle’s leadership and success with a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal.
EVERYTHING YOU DO IS FOR THE MARINE TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF YOU
When you serve in the Marines, you are part of something much larger than yourself. It is complete selfless service – everything you do is for the Marine to the left and to right of you. When I was honorably discharged, I left behind the structure and comradery of the Marines, which was a huge adjustment. That appetite for selfless service remains in me today, and I seek it through working with veterans programs and initiatives both at Cushman & Wakefield and outside of work. When I left the service in 2011, I went to earn my Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University, a school known for its support and commitment to veterans. I studied graphic design – not a common field for a Marine – and for my senior thesis, I created a project called Vet Outreach. The mission of Vet Outreach is to combat veteran suicide, as 22 veterans a day commit suicide. This was my first project dedicated to helping veterans, and I do everything I can to continue this mission today.
Veterans’ Day is an opportune time to remember those who’ve paid the full measure, recognize those still with us, and recommit to assisting veterans. I try to be involved as much as I can with the Veterans Initiative Program (VIP) here at Cushman & Wakefield through designing materials – t-shirts, logos, buttons – for the program, marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade with VIP, and reaching out to fellow veterans at the New York office. I am part of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to support their organization and initiatives any way I can. Last year, Cushman & Wakefield also introduced me to Team Rubicon, an organization committed to disaster relief that deploys volunteers to assist communities impacted by natural disaster. I am now on their volunteer team ready to be of service, which also fulfills that desire to selflessly serve as I did in the Marine Corps.
Learn more about Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans Initiative Program.