News: Raleigh, N.C. Native Featured in Marines’ Upcoming Diversity Campaign
Story by Cpl. Nathanael Carberry
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marine Corps Recruiting Command will launch its newest diversity advertising campaign, titled Fighting with Purpose, Nov. 8.
The campaign showcases Marine officers like 1st Lt. Drexel R. King and highlights the idea of service as it applies to helping those in need, both globally and in their local communities.
King was raised by his parents, Drexel and Robbin King in Raleigh, N.C. His father served in the Army and raised him with high moral standards and discipline.
“The military lifestyle was really appealing to me,” said the Ravenscroft School graduate. “After looking into the Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy, I decided on the Naval Academy, and the Marine Corps was the perfect fit for my personality.”
He graduated from the Naval Academy and received his commission in the Marine Corps in the spring of 2009. Shortly afterward, he married his wife, Johnna. They now have a son and another child on the way.
King attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va., during 2010.
According to King, God’s timing was perfect in providing him the opportunity to participate in the Fighting with Purpose campaign.
“I had just returned from Afghanistan where I served as a rifle platoon commander, and I got the chance to meet Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey who’s now the commanding general of First Marine Division,” he said. “General Bailey highly recommended I participate in this advertising campaign.”
His parents had raised him to work at every task to the very best of his ability, so when he was assigned to help out in the campaign, King said he went into it with all his passion.
The 26-year-old Marine will be featured in a 30-second television commercial which will air on BET, Nick at Night, NBA on TNT, MTV and Spike, among others. A print version of his ad will appear in Vibe, ESPN Magazine, Diversity Careers and Sports Illustrated. The campaign is intended to reach a diverse audience and attract qualified officer candidates.
King currently commands a combined anti-armor platoon under 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He said his favorite thing about the Corps is the opportunity he has to positively influence the Marines he leads each day. He now also hopes to powerfully impact the public through this campaign.
“I hope this commercial is a successful tool the Marine Corps can consistently count on to attract talented future Marines to the Corps,” he said. “I hope it successfully portrays a different side of the Corps to the many concerned parents and potential candidates and covers the wide range of opportunities the Marine Corps lifestyle and culture has to offer. I hope in 30 seconds they are able to envision the ways they can contribute when they join the Marine Corps. It’s not just their family or community they are impacting, it is the world. I hope it inspires all viewers to serve their country and to give back to the nation which has provided the many freedoms they experience and enjoy each day.”
King plans to progress as far as possible in his Marine Corps career. An extended video feature will be located on the “Community Impact” page at Marines.com/impact.