Marquita Fortner is a 2001 high school graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. She then earned a Bachelors of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2004, and now serves on their Alumni Advisory Council. She graduated from George Mason University in 2006 with a Masters in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics with a concentration in Aviation. In her civilian career, Marquita currently works as a Specialist in Network Planning and Scheduling with Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, GA. She received a commission in the Navy Reserves as a Supply Corps Officer in 2009 and currently serves as the Operations officer for DLA Disposal Remediation Team 2 out of Anniston, Alabama. She will begin her first deployment to Afghanistan this week. This is a note she sent us after her qualifications in the Navy before deployment to Afghanistan.
I’m in pre-mob training at Ft Jackson right now.Thought you would want to know that I shot expert on the M9 without even blinking this week. I shot one point from perfect (and only because we shot left hand which I’ve actually never done.) Then had a perfect score on the M9 stress test (easy compared to the wash!) The instructors had me do it twice because they didn’t believe it. The combination made me the best shot out of our class of 90 – of course mostly men. Today, I qual’d expert with the M4 carbine as well. I tied another guy for the high score on the M4. The class and the instructors have lovingly nicknamed me “killer”. They all thought my disciplined reload procedures were silly until they saw it in practice themselves. Thanks again for the great training! Hope you’re well.