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Former captain and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brian Stann poses for a picture with Sgt. Marquis St. Thomas, an administrative specialist with Wounded Warrior Battalion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 21. Stann also met with Marines at the Central Area Recreation Center and the French Creek Barracks.

Photo by Cpl. Donovan Lee

Former Marine, UFC Fighter visits base

21 Aug 2013 | Cpl. Donovan Lee

Service Members aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune had the opportunity to meet a former captain and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Aug. 21.

Brian Stann came to Camp Lejeune to show his support for active-duty service members and give back to the Marine Corps.

“All the most important values and things I’ve built in my life stem back to the Marine Corps,” said Stann. While active in the Marine Corps, Stann was an infantry officer assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune.

Stann deployed twice and was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat. Stann started his visit at the Central Creek Recreation Center aboard Camp Lejeune, where service members had the opportunity to receive autographs, snap photos and spend time with Stann.

Staff Sgt. Luke Hussey, communications security manager with 2nd MarineDivision, who met Stann at the Recreation Center said, “It means a lot for him to take the time out of his day to come see us.”

Stann later visited Wounded Warrior Battalion where he received a tour of the facilities,and spent time talking and getting to know the Marines.

Lance Cpl. Seevon Yang, a field wireman with the WWB said, he is a big Mixed Martial Arts fan, so to have Stann come to the WWB to spend time with him and the other veterans makes him feel privileged.

Stann ended his tour barracks where Marines waited in line for their opportunity to meet and talk Stann said the Marine Corps gave him discipline, values and a code to live by, which helped him in all aspects of his life, so he tries to give back to the Marine Corps as much as possible.

Stann said he has a lot of good memories from being stationed at Camp Lejeune including the birth of his first daughter, and he tries to come back at least once a year.

“I’ve never had a bad experience or visit at Camp Lejeune,” said Stann.

To learn more about Brian Stann, visit his website at www.brianstann.com.

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