Gilbert Family

Spotlight on You: Gilbert Family

Family of four Marines, one airman share bond of service, blood and love

by: James Bolinger | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 20, 2018

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Lyle Gilbert didn’t consider a military career until he felt the pull of patriotism after scores of U.S. troops were killed and injured in the 1986 La Belle discothèque bombing in West Berlin.

Today, he’s a Marine Corps major whose example has led four of his children into military service – three as fellow Marines.

“For me there was no other alternative than to join the Marines. I never visited another recruiter.” said Gilbert, the director of communication strategy at MCAS Iwakuni, alluding to the toughness, image and ethos embodied by the Corps.

His eldest daughter, Marine Capt. Sarah Rhodes, 29, is a company commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. She is a communication strategy officer by trade, just like her father. Marines in that field serve as military journalists, broadcasters, photographers and public relations specialists.

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