U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose VillalobosRocha/Released 160804-M-GY456-369.JPG
Oct 24, 2016
Second Lieutenant Tyler R. Watkins leads Delta Company during a field meet at Officer Candidates School, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 4, 2016. Once an NCAA Division I athlete, Watkins transitioned from trying to play football professionally to his dreams of becoming a Marine officer. He graduated OCS with Officer Candidate Class 222, which had the most OCS graduates since 2009, on Aug. 6, 2016. Due to injuries sustained during OCS, he is temporarily assigned to the Plans and Research section at Marine Corps Recruiting Command aboard MCB Quantico. Watkins hopes to return to training in March 2017.
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