Episode 013:
Marine Corps Combat Engineer

November 2, 2021

John Bruzza joins the show to discuss his career serving as a United States Marine Corps combat engineer in both home and abroad.
Major John Bruzza (Photo Credit: John Bruzza)
On a cultural visit to ancient Roman ruins in the country of Jordan - Gabriel Suarez (l), Joshua Fishman (c), and John Bruzza (r). (Photo Credit: Gabriel Suarez)
Major John Bruzza being decorated for meritorious service while deployed to the Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan by then Brigadier General Mark Landes in 2016. (Photo Credit: John Bruzza)

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Guest - John Bruzza

John Bruzza is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, John was selected for service as a combat engineer following completion of the Marine Corps Officer Basic School. Over his career he served in a variety of leadership positions and locations both on active duty and as a reserve officer before retiring in 2017 as a Major. In his post-military life John lives in Arizona where he works in the solar energy industry.


John Bruzza – @31_maxx_31

What You'll Get From Today's Show

John discusses his experience attending the U.S. Naval Academy and how it led him to become a Marine Corps officer. 

A discussion on each of John’s assignments throughout his career from lieutenant to major, including deployments to the Middle East.

John shares with us those people, with whom he served, having lasting influences on his life and career.  

We get John’s thoughts on Marine Corps stereotypes and discuss the upcoming, Major League Baseball playoffs.

*Disclaimer: This episode was recorded weeks before the playoffs started. Our predictions were totally wrong.

Resources For Topics Discussed in Today's Episode

United States Naval Academy. https://www.usna.edu/homepage.php 


U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Iraq, 2003-2006 (Kenneth Estes). An initial historical look at the first three years in Iraq published by the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division in 2009. You can download a free copy here on the Federation of American Scientist website. https://irp.fas.org/doddir/usmc/iraq03-06.pdf 


Marine for Life Transition Services. https://usmc-mccs.org/services/career/marine-for-life-network/ 

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