BIOGRAPHY

My name is Tomas Villegas; I was born in October 1984 in Ogden, Utah to Mickie and Efrain Villegas. My father has played a big role in making me the strong spirited person I am today. The biggest lesson I took from my father's teachings is how hard work will get a person where they want to go in life; I still carry that with me to this day. This lesson has been the key to my success in the military, higher education, and my marriage.

I am married to a wonderful woman named Svetlana. I met her in her home town Riga, Latvia while stationed as an Marine Security Guard. She and I make a great team, as we have made it through many trials and tribulations without a scratch. We share a lot of the same interests and enjoy each other's company very much; we are, beyond doubt, each other's best friends. My wife and I are very active people; we spend at least 6 out of 7 days a week at the local gym. Whether it's running on the treadmill, lifting weights, or Yoga, we're together working out and pushing each other further. She is currently a full-time student at Weber State University working toward a Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene. In my spare time I like to play basketball, lift weights, build toy programs in Java and C++, play video games with friends, and watch movies.

EDUCATION

I graduated from Ben Lomond high school in 2003 with high honors. After graduating from high school, I applied and was accepted to Utah State University under a full-ride academic scholarship. In December 2010, I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis in computer science, English, and business.

I am currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University, pursuing a Master of Science in Instructional Technology. I plan to concentrate my studies and time in Internet development. As part of the program's requirements we are required to complete a personal portfolio, which you are viewing now.

MILITARY SERVICE

Once I finished my first semester of college, I decided I wanted more out of my life. In that decision I felt compelled to serve in America's Armed Forces, as a result I joined the United States Marine Corps in 2004. Upon arrival to basic training, I was selected to hold both recruit squad-leader and platoon guide leadership positions. Following boot camp I reported to Combat Engineer School. There I earned the class leader position through my superior academics, physical training, and leadership skills, which resulted in my meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal. After completing Combat Engineer School I received orders to Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to 1st platoon, 9th ESB, 3rd FSSG where my platoon Sergeant was a former Marine Security Guard (MSG).

After speaking to him about MSG duty I realized what I truly wanted to do with my time in the Marines. I sought to be a part of the best, and show the world why Marines are the world's premier fighting force. I prepared my application, brought it to my company commander, and shortly after, the application was approved. I served in Riga, Latvia; Oslo Norway; and Baghdad, Iraq. I was honorably discharged in May of 2008.