Never gonna hold the hand of another guy
Too young for him they told her
Waitin’ for the love of a travelin’ soldier
Our love will never end
Waitin’ for the soldier to come back again
—  Dixie Chicks- Travelin’ Soldier
  • Garcia:Can I use you as a reference?
  • Me:Yeah, I've been using you this whole time.
  • Garcia:[sends me information fields: address, phone #, nature of relationship]
  • Me:for "nature of relationship" you should put "colleague."
  • Garcia:I shouldn't put "my nigga"?

Sgt. Yuri Astorga is not your typical Miami girl. She may be from there, but mini-skirts, high heels and sunglasses that cover half of her face were never really her style. 

Since ninth grade, she has spent most of her life at the gym, training to have a fit body and compete as a female body builder.

“My best friend’s sister did competitions and I used to hang out at her house and I was always amazed by her muscles,” said Astorga. “So we started working out together and I did my first competition when I was in 10th grade. I placed third.”

Throughout high school, Astorga competed in several fitness and figure competitions, maintaining a strict diet and rigorous workout schedule.

Upon completion of high school, she was given the opportunity to take advantage of a soccer scholarship to Florida State University, but instead decided that she would make the Marine Corps her career path.

“(My father) was a retired (chief warrant officer),” said Astorga. “I just wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

Now, as a corporal’s course instructor aboard Camp Johnson, she juggles her Marine Corps career along with preparing for her first bodybuilding competition, Aug. 20, since joining the Marine Corps six years ago.

“I’ve always trained but I’ve never thought about competing because of the Marine Corps and my job,” said Astorga. “The Marine Corps comes first, but if I can do both then I’ll do it.” 

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