Rear Admiral Babette "Bette" Bolivar
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors, past and present, and their important contributions to the defense of our nation.
My Dad, who is my inspiration and my hero, is a retired chief petty officer...Seeing my Father's love of country, dedication, and service to our nation has definitely influenced the career decisions I've made and continue to make.
Q: Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
A: I come from a long line of military service. My grandfather served in the Army; my two brothers served in the Navy; and my Dad, who is my inspiration and my hero, is a retired chief petty officer. I recall one evening, many years ago, my brother and father were discussing the U.S. Naval Academy. I had always wanted to enlist like my Dad but I was so intrigued, I filled out an application, graduated from Annapolis and haven't looked back since. I knew this was what I wanted to do and could not be more proud to serve alongside my fellow Sailors.
Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you?
A: My family-most especially my parents-are the driving force that has brought me to where I am. They have been my biggest supporters from the moment I attended the Academy to today. 'Course, my siblings are also the best cheerleading squad. I would not be here if it wasn't for the love and support of my family. Throughout my Naval career, I have been Blessed with the opportunity to work with the greatest mentors, leaders, and friends one could ask for. From each of them, I gained new knowledge and experiences that continue to make me a better leader, mentor and shipmate.