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Friday, December 18, 2009

Men of Menscience: U.S Marines 1st Lieutenant Richard Adams

For our "Men of Menscience" series, we would like to take a moment to highlight another notable man that is doing great things and is doing them with style. U.S. Marines 1st Lieutenant Richard Adams is one of the many young individuals that make up this country's heroic military. His sacrifice - and the myriad sacrifices of others - is an exceptional demonstration of determination, dedication and passion.

Adams is a 25 year-old Naval Aviator who is "livin' the dream." With a promising future in the military and a passion for flying, Adams has been interested in all things mechanical from a young age. He loves commanding a vehicle and grew up in an F-15 flight path which culminated in high-school flight lessons. "I was in the cockpit of a private plane before I could drive a car. It was very cool. When it came time to decide what I wanted to do for a career, it was a natural choice to want to fly for the military" he says.

After completing Officer Training in Quantico, VA during college, Adams went through extensive flight instruction and is now in the final stages of intense classroom and hands-on training specific to helicopters. He's prepping to earn his wings in 2010.

Once Adams earns his wings he’ll be flying solo. The purpose of a Marine aviator is to provide support for troops on the ground which is something Adams finds fulfilling. He says “It’s satisfying to contribute and make a difference on the battlefield.”

While on-duty, Adams' day often begins as early as 3:30 am in order to report to work by 4:30 or 5:00 am. With long days that include pre-flight briefings, the flight itself, and then a debriefing, maintaining a workout program can prove difficult. "I run a lot because it’s quick, easy, and effective" Adams says. While working out, Adams concentrates on endurance and strengthening exercises, he adds "Core muscle building and cardio are my focus. I run 3 miles every other day and add in weight training where I can." Being physically fit is not a vanity for the military. In fact, it becomes extremely important when dealing with the grueling conditions of battle.

Like most things, grooming and hygiene are taken very seriously in the military and they must be done efficiently. Personnel are expected to look their best. Marines are expected to shave daily, keep their hair short and maintain a hygiene routine. The strict rules dictating military personnel’s appearances are designed to command respect and uphold the integrity of the uniform.

At times, it's even necessary to shower more than once a day, Adams says "We touch and feel the aircraft…that means you get hydraulic fluid, oil, even jet fuel on your skin. Washing is constant." All those harsh chemicals and all that washing can leave skin dry and irritated making it important to find an effective skincare routine and quality products. A mini-facial using a clay face mask can be a quick and easy way to remove build-up and dirt after a long day of flying. Additionally, for individuals that are constantly assailed by the elements, the use of sunscreen can prevent skin problems.

Adams' pride in his chosen career is evident when he says "The core values of the Marines are summed up in our motto, Semper Fidelis. Literally, it means 'always faithful'. The values of honor, courage, and commitment are something that we live by and I’m proud of that. I'm happy that I get to do something I enjoy while contributing to the greater good of the country."

At Menscience, we're proud that individuals throughout the nation have dedicated themselves to the U.S. military and to the security of this nation and the pursuit of freedom. Their role is indispensable, their risks are great and, as such, we would like to express our utmost gratitude.

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