Corporal Jessica Aguirre, a Stamford native, decided at the age of 17 to join the Marine Corps and officially ‘start life,’ as he likes to say. A few weeks after graduating from Westhill High School, Jessica shipped out to the Corps’ base in Paris Island, S.C.
Upon graduating from boot camp
there, Jessica did her combat training at Camp Geiger, N.C. and trained at the Marine base in Meriden, Miss., to become an aviation maintenance administration specialist working with multimillion-dollar aircraft. Jessica was deployed and stationed for the first portion of her tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan, where she discovered a love for scuba diving and sushi. She was relocated to Pendleton, Calif., for the remainder of her enlistment.
In 2014, Jessica said goodbye to her beloved Marine Corps to pursue a career in early childhood education. She is attending Norwalk Community College and is on track to graduate in 2018. She then plans to transfer to UConn-Stamford to pursue her bachelor's degree, also in early childhood education. Upon receiving her degree, Jessica, who has a passion for children and loves working with them, plans to become a preschool teacher.
Jessica is currently working as a nanny for a family with two young children ages 2 and 4. When not in school, studying or working, she enjoys running, cycling and playing tennis, and spoiling her pup Teddy.