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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

A man of service

Jake Katten, a former Marine, serves as an admissions and records clerk and is also a member of the Veterans Resource Center. Trevon Johnson | [email protected]

His stride is still long, and his stance is still tall.  His demeanor exudes confidence.  From a glance you would not know it, but he still carries himself like a Marine.

The motto for the Marines is “Semper Fidelis,” which is Latin for always  faithful.  Though the term has been reduced to Semper Fi, it has never lost its true meaning.  Another saying, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” may seem simple, but is complex.  Some Marines embody the saying to its core.

Jake Kattan is one of those men.

No longer as active Marine, Kattan has never stopped being a Marine in spirit.  One would not know it aside from the fact that he still wears a military style haircut and carries himself with the same confidence as a full-dressed Marine. Kattan continues to find ways to serve his country, his community and his fellow veterans.

Today, Kattan can be found in the Admissions and Records Office at City College.  He serves as a clerk.  He is also a member of a team made up of classified staff, faculty and administrators, known as the Veterans Resources Center Planning Committee.

“The VRC Planning Committee is a committee created to improve campus services to properly accommodate returning veterans,” says Kattan.

And there are many of returning veterans.  Kattan knows their stories well.  He is one of them.

He joined at the tender age of 17 and never looked back.”I knew it was something I wanted to do since I was a child,” says Kattan.  “So I signed up as soon as I could.”

You can still hear the conviction in his words as he says this.

He served four honorable years in the Marine Corps, a time he says went by too fast.

A veteran who has been impacted by Kattan’s work is Justin Turner.  Turner has worked alongside Kattan for years and now works at the Capitol for Assemblyman Chris Norby.
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“Jake is a mentor to me,” says Turner.  He has shown me that you can continue to serve and he forces me to push myself and never quit.”

Kattan is also the faculty adviser for the City College Vet Club.  With his support they have been able to organize an involved group of veterans from all branches who come together to improve each other’s educational experience.

Outside of work, Kattan is an active member of the local VFW, Post 67.  As a member of Post 67, he has been able to network and put together events for the Sacramento-area community.  Post 67 has also performed as color guard detail in many events at City College and actively donated to improve the quality of the City College Veteran Resource Center.

“He is a great neworker,” says Ian Saunders, president of the Vet Club.  “Jake is really good at branching out and pooling together resources for vets.”

He is a selfless person,” says Zach Pierce, a City College student and the former president of the Vet Club.

Not just a man of service, Kattan is also happily married.  He father to a 2-year-old girl and to a son who was born  in  June 2012.  He says his family has alway been there for him and supports him with the same strength and conviction he supports his fellow veterans.

A call to serve is a call not many people answer.  Jake Kattan heard the call and answered it with a resounding “OOH RAH”  He has never stopped serving.




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