U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kristyn Dalrymple, an air traffic controller with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) at MCAS New River has always liked being tough. At Jefferson West High School in Meriden, Kansas, she was on the softball, basketball, track and volleyball teams. She also participated in full contact martial arts and liked riding dirt bikes. She was a dual enrollment high school student with Washburn University and obtained the Certified Nursing Assistant credential from Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka.
Now, at age 24, Dalrymple has been named the Service Member of the Month for December by the Jacksonville – Onslow Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC).
A sense of purpose and desire to belong to something more selfless led Dalrymple to the United States Marine Corps. On Sep. 16, 2016, she enlisted in the Marine Corps to become an Air Traffic Control Specialist, graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island that December. She attended the School of Infantry East for Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, where she graduated in January, 2017, in the top five percent of 400 students in K Company.
Dalrymple reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, for Air Traffic Control School, and while there was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) before graduating in August of 2017. She then received orders to H&HS at MCAS New River. In November 2017, she was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal as Assistant Physical Training Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and Assistant Accountability NCO. She earned her qualification on Ground Control in December and Tower Flight Data in April of 2018.
Later, Dalrymple was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) for providing first aid to a fellow Marine with a potentially life threatening self-inflicted injury, something she describes as emotionally and mentally challenging but which had to be done.
Dalrymple was promoted to corporal in November of 2019. She serves as the Single Marine Program Representative for Air Traffic Control, and an Assistant Barracks Manager. This past spring, she was awarded a Certification of Commendation and was elected Single Marine Program President of MCAS New River. During her time with this program, she has contributed over 50 hours of volunteer service. In addition to the aforementioned NAM, the Corporal has been awarded a Good Conduct Medal, five Letters of Appreciation and a Meritorious Mast.
She hopes to further her qualifications in air traffic control eventually becoming a tower chief and volunteer more with the SMP and USO.
“This corporal is an exceptional Marine whose initiative and dedication has been proven to all levels of leadership by her actions to improve Marines’ quality of life as well as her commitment to the Marine Corps,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Daigneault, commanding officer, H&HS.
“In the United States Marine Corps, it’s not about you; it is about others,” said Dalrymple. “You are your brother’s keeper.”