Photo Gallery 4 Images
EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man has been serving his country and his community since he was a teenager.
Struggling with making a career choice, Marshall Wilde joined the Oregon Army National Guard when he was 19 years-old.
"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for a career at that point, but I knew service was going to be part of it," said Wilde.
His mother Mary Leighton said she was a little surprised by his decision.
"He was very strong willed and we had a hard time imagining him following an order but he was determined to do it," said Leighton.
Wilde now serves as a colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard and as the executive director of Lane County Medical Society.
"It's fun and at times it's stressful. You never lose anything by giving somebody respect and listening to them," said Wilde.
He said he enjoys giving back to the community because he was involved in several public programs while growing up.