I love that the Navy takes me places I’ve never been.
Friday, May 3, 2013
As of Tuesday, I am now working in Supply Quality Assurance (QA). Right now I’m just training. I work for the Assistant Supply Officer and the Supply Officer validating and verifying all of supply department’s inventories and paperwork, and providing them monthly reports. I feel like finally, two years later, I’m getting what I’ve been working for. I’ve worked hard since day one. I’m excited about the new division I’m working in. My leading petty officer (LPO) and chief are awesome and I’m excited for this opportunity.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Adam Baez
He was rounding me out to become a better applicant, and it kind of developed me to become a better person.It’s not something that I ever thought about doing before the Navy. Volunteering on a weekend? I’m not doing that. That’s was sort of my attitude. Before I really started volunteering, I’d sign up for these events, and I’d say “yeah, I’m going to do it.” But I’d never follow through. There are other people like that, which is fine. It’s a step. It’s better than not trying. But once you get past the initiation stage and actually commit to doing it, you open yourself to new experiences.
Once I built relationships with the establishments that we volunteer for, I was doing it all on my free time. I guess a prime example of my dedication to do this is I’m TAD (temporary assigned duty) right now to security. I don’t really do anything on our work days so that it doesn’t conflict with my schedule here on the ship.
I’m sacrificing my free time to come in on my days off and coordinate these events-- not just for myself, but for anyone who wants to be a part of it.
A lot of times I hear that people don’t know about events and things to do. That’s why I provide this information to them. I have a distribution list of people I email when there are events coming my way. When we were on RIMPAC, I actively searched for a volunteer opportunity in Hawaii. We ended up volunteering at a food bank. When I found that, I thought it was a good opportunity, but, it’s Hawaii. Who’s going to want to volunteer? But people did. That in itself, knowing that it’s more than just me going out and sponsoring these kinds of things, makes it a good experience for me.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Nearly 13 years ago, I felt like I was “stuck” in my hometown of El Paso, Texas. I knew that if I didn’t get out of there I wasn’t ever going to leave; it was just one of those situations. The problem was I didn’t have any plans-- didn’t set up for college or anything .The February before I graduated high school, I got a phone call. Somebody on the other line asked, “How would you like to have your college paid off, and get out of El Paso?” Those two things sounded great, especially since I was at a point in my life where I didn’t know what to do.
I joined the Navy as a fire controlman (FC) so I went into the advanced electronics career field. I did that for a little less than twelve years. It was at that point, I was at my second perform to serve (PTS) look. I had been doing counseling before and I really enjoyed it. FC was closed up, which meant I wasn’t going to be able to reenlist as a fire contolman. Luckily for me, PTS came back approved and my options for convert were NC (navy counselor) and NCR (navy counselor reserve). I decided that if FC is not the way for me, I’ll go on to bigger and better things. I chose career counselor because I like helping people.
After being on board USS Nimitz for just seven months as a navy counselor, I was selected as Senior Sailor of the quarter. I thought there was no way that I had a chance at all, especially since I just came onboard. All of those other stellar Sailors have their air and surface warfare qualifications, and they’ve been leading their Sailors for a lot longer than I have. There was definitely a lot of competition and I really don’t know how I made the cut. I’m only doing my part, I feel like I’m only doing my part. Those other fist classes are really top notch. It’s absolutely an honor. It was completely unexpected. I’m blushing here now because I still can’t believe it. This shows me that I’m heading in the right direction. Hopefully I can influence other people to break out of the norm. If everyone’s disgruntled, break out of the norm, share a smile with somebody. Help somebody out. Do a little more than your fair share; I think it’s all about morale. That’ll boost morale in my opinion. These awards aren’t necessary, but the command chooses to do it in order to recognize the people who are going out of their way to do a good job. It also encourages others to do something else to try to reach that point. I will continue to do the same.
Being a first class, you’re expected to be a leader. When you just do the bare minimum day in and day out, everyone below you can see what you’re doing and they learn from that. If you have a whole bunch of people who are following you and see that you don’t try to do anything over the top, you don’t try to do anything above what is required; they too will be average to subpar sailors. I’ve never wanted that for myself and I can only hope that I’ve influenced other people to strive to be excellent.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
By Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Trenesha Clark
I’m very family oriented. I’m pretty much doing the unthinkable right now being in the Navy. I have a little bit of family background in the military but I’m the only female, I know, in my family who was in the military.
I always thought about joining the Navy. My uncle, who was a [master-at-arms], was always kind of pushing me into it and telling me to think about it, but I wanted to see what was out there first, as far as the real world. I was on a basketball scholarship and my main focus was studying criminal justice. I had numerous jobs—two or three jobs at once, so I was pretty much everywhere and then all of a sudden I got the urge to join. I thought, why not just give it a shot? I was in [the delayed entry program] for five to six months and the next thing I knew I was in boot camp.
My mom was kind of like, are you sure? But she’s always said that I was responsible and make good decisions as far as what I want to do with my life. She was pretty confident I was going to do well. She was still a little nervous, you know, her baby girl was leaving. I was kind of surprised though. I thought she was going to say, “Oh no. I don’t want you to go. Not the military,” but she let me go.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
By Elmer Lyle Jones
I was born June 7, 1920 Ottawa County, Kansas and nearly departed this world June 6, 1942 in the deep, deep water of the Pacific Ocean after the Battle of Midway.
I was the last of four children and my mother died when I was just six years old; my oldest sister was twelve. Believe me we were dirt poor. I heard a man say they were as poor as church mice and I told him that was nothing, the church mice brought us care packages. But, my father managed to keep us together and got us through high school during the terrible depression and horrible dust storms.
After graduating high school in Minneapolis, Kansas, there was not much to look forward to in the future. The economy had picked up a little by 1939 but not much. One of my classmates told me he heard I was a pretty good tractor driver and of course, not being the bashful type, I told him I was the best. He said his dad told him if I would help them harvest the wheat I could stay and help with the plowing and reseeding the next crop. That sounded real good, but the last day of harvest the old man told me that he and his son talked it over and they guessed they could put the wheat in by themselves.
Instead, when I got to town, I went right in and signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Dad was not too pleased when I told him about it. In less than a week, I was in the C.C.C. camp at Marysville, Kansas. I wish to state right here, that was one of the most hard-working organizations I was ever connected with and I really enjoyed it. One day my barracks mate was reading the local paper and looked at me and said,"Jones, the Navy recruiting officer will be here next Thursday. Let’s go down and join.” Now, I only weighed 110 pounds soaking wet. I had never even seen a body of water bigger than the county lake.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I’m from Lincoln City, Oregon. After high school I didn’t feel like I was ready for college and I wanted to travel; the military was an opportunity for that. When I joined in 1996, I was expecting just to do a four-year commitment.
After I was stationed on the USS John C. Stennis, I went as an Individual Augmentee to Afghanistan. I was coming up to the end of my IA when I was up for orders and saw there was an exchange billet for a Fire Controlman Chief to Germany. I didn’t know anything about it, but I talked to my detailer and was able to apply.
I couldn’t just take the orders; I had to take the DLAB (Defense Language Aptitude Battery Test) to see if I could learn the language first. Once I passed I applied for special programs and put in my application, just like you would for any special program, along with my DLAB score and got accepted. My wife and I both went to DLI (Defense Language Institute) in Monterey, Calif. to learn German.
I found out midway through school that I was going to a German frigate. After eight months of instruction at DLI, we both walked out with an Associate’s Degree in German and were on our way to Wilhelmshaven, Germany.