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Local Marine retires from corps

A Marine who grew up in the capital region has retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and is planning a second career working in security in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

"It was a good twenty-one years serving the country in the Marine Corps," says T.J. Mesec, "I enjoyed it but everything comes to an end."At one point Mesec was a platoon sergeant and later spent five years training recruits as a drilll instructor on Paris Island. He says he was deployed six times including three times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan.

Friends and family surrounded Mesec at a surprise retirement party in Schenectady Saturday.

One who was absent is Mesec's father, Terry Mesec, Sr. A long-time employee at WRGB, the elder Mesec passed away in February at the age of 59 from lung cancer. T.J. Mesec said he thought his father would be very happy and proud of him.

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