From Realtor to Riverine -
Switching from a suit and tie to a Navy uniform
For many grinding out the daily nine to five is perfectly fine, but for Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Bruce that normalcy was not enough. The need to contribute to something bigger and to see the world drove him to take a chance at another path in life.
What It Takes To Be a Navy Dog Handler -
Sailor brings her love of dogs into the Navy
Cheli Matlock was a mother working more than fifty hours a week and taking college courses online in her hometown of Florence, Alabama. However, she knew she wanted something more.
Service With A Smile -
One Sailor's positive attitude goes a long way
Nestled away in the quaint little town of Bath, Maine, Petty Officer 3rd Class Hannah Jones is working furiously in a flurry of unrestrained energy and speed to get her ship's meal out. And yet, her face somehow doesn't show any stress. Instead there's an air of positivity about her.
Reluctantly Following in His Father's Footsteps -
Sailor carries on family legacy
Brian Nichols was approaching the end of his junior year of high school and wasn't sure what to do with his life.
A Prayer and A Dream -
Faces of 77
Every Sailor has their own struggles to overcome in life and these obstacles have forged them into the men and women they are today. Seaman British Malone, a native of Athens, Alabama, is one of these Sailors.
Taking the Helm -
Boxer Sailor becomes first female master helmsman in a decade
When the Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) set sail Feb. 12, many of them set goals to accomplish during deployment. Seaman Gabrielle Connelly, a junior Sailor in deck department, recently accomplished her goal to become the first female to qualify as master helmsman aboard Boxer in the past decade.
A Crew's Book -
One Sailor puts the art back into documentation
For centuries, Sailors have documented their travels. From decorating sea shells and sea chests, to tattoos decorating human chests, Sailors have found a way to recall their ports of call.
Four Years at Sea -
Sailor completes five back-to-back sea tours
"Sailors belong at sea." We as Sailors have heard that phrase many times throughout our career. However the long hours, deployments, work-ups and maintenance of sea duty can take a toll on even the saltiest Sailor.
A Sailor's Journey Home: -
USS America kicks off Los Angeles Fleet Week 2016
Not a wrinkle could be seen on Airman Monique Rowland's dress white uniform as she stood on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
From Khaki to Blueshirt -
One officer's journey back to the his roots
June was a bittersweet two-year anniversary for me. After spending 11 years as a commissioned naval officer, I found out I was no longer going to be Lt. Noble.
NASA and HERA: -
The next frontier:
Hera. Speak her name and most think of the infamous Greek goddess and wife of Zeus; but now thousands of years after ancient Greece, her name has a new meaning. Meet the HERA X and her crew.
From Son To Shipmate -
Father and son proudly serve together
For some, a family legacy of military service is a historical connection, with today's service members carrying on the tradition from a relative who may have served during World War II or before.
Shift Focus -
Wounded Warrior Finds Healing in Competition
Seven years ago, Joseph Derbak's focus was on his Marines. As a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class serving in Afghanistan, he was out with his unit Sept. 25, 2009 when his life changed forever.
From Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class To Third Mate -
Sailor turns dream into reality
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Richard D. Vissoh has earned his Third Mate Unlimited Oceans certification from the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) in Norfolk, Va. What would normally take four years to accomplish, took Vissoh only a year and a half, and all at night.
Gunshot to Champion: -
An airman's Invictus journey
In a slow motion memory that in reality was a blink of an eye, medically retired Airman Brett Parks' life changed in an instant.
Commencement On the Rise -
A Midshipman shares her experiences at the USNA
A few weeks ago, I walked back from a friend's room in a sullen daze, not unlike a lot of the worn out nights I've had since coming to the United States Naval Academy.
IKE Female Cat Team -
Getting the job done
Inherently dangerous and what can be best described as organized chaos, the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is no place for the faint of heart.
A Sinking Feeling -
The Dunk Tank
All at once the helicopter crashed. Water immediately began rushing in. A quickened heart rate and complete darkness led to a sinking feeling, literally - and the confusion was intense. Which way is up the pilot thought to himself. What are my options?
A Sailor's Second Shift -
A mother's story
Life as a Seabee in the United States Navy can be very demanding. They can usually be found with a hammer and a nail building anything from small woodwork to large bunkers and watch towers.
Pursuit of Perfection -
Behind the scenes at the Navy Ceremonial Guard
There is a slight breeze as the rifles are tossed in the air in perfect unison, performing several somersaults before returning to the capable hands of their master.
A Humble Hero -
Exclusive interview with Medal of Honor recipient
Senior Chief Ed Byers is a humble guy. He has a soft-spoken demeanor that screams "humility."
Women divers in the United States Navy
White House Medal of Honor Ceremony -
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.
President Barack Obama presented Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr., the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, Feb. 29.
In The Face Of Adversity -
From Navy Chief of Chaplains to serving the Senate
When his 27-year Navy career was coming to a close in summer of 2003, Rear Adm. Barry Black, then the 22nd Chief of Chaplains, continued his commitment to providing spiritual advisement to others when he was selected as the 62nd Senate Chaplain.
Fixin' For A Fight -
A welder's world
A masked man sits in his chair sending sparks soaring through the air with his torch in hand. The gritty air smells of charred metal and ash as smoke billows upwards to the ceiling.
Chattanooga Strong -
The Story Of One Woman's Journey From Tragedy To Boot Camp
Alexis Deese is crying. After staring off into a window filled with bare trees and the Great Smoky Mountains, she glances at the Navy ball cap on her kitchen table.
The Carpenter -
From birdhouses to a warship
When Tyler Weber was a young boy growing up in Ballwin, Missouri, he used to walk around his home and admire the railings, his rocking horse and all the other assorted wooden knickknacks. When he asked who made them, the answer was always the same: "Your grandfather."
The Record Breaker -
Midshipman Keenan Reynolds
Keenan Reynolds wanted to be a quarterback. Other colleges showed interest in him for other positions, but Reynolds wasn't budging. The Navy gave Keenan what he wanted, and in return Keenan has pushed Navy Football into the mainstream.
On Pins and Needles -
Boot camp recruits get their immunizations during P-Days
How does your world's greatest Navy become the top nautical fighting force the world has ever seen? It all begins with a shot.
Chaplains at Sea -
Providing for the spiritual needs of the crew
Flames flicker on clean white candles, Sailors shuffle through rows of pews to get a seat, and F/A-18 Super Hornets slam down on the flight deck ten feet above.
A Yankee Serving Across the Pond -
The Personnel Exchange Program allows Sailors to live abroad
BLUF: The Personnel Exchange Program (PEP), available through detailers, allows Sailors to serve with foreign navies or with another branch of the U.S. Military. If it is not an English speaking country, Sailors will be sent to language training before integration.
La Musica Es Mi Pasion -
A Musician's Passion Follows Him Across all Borders
Today's Navy is as diverse as the nation it serves. Musician 3rd Class Manuel Pelayo De Gongora immigrated from Cuba at the age of 27. When he made the leap to the United States, he brought with him a passion for music that led him to serve.
Focus on Service: Shipman -
Equipment Operator 1st Class James Shipman
James Shipman was in technical school and working at a mechanic for a Sears Auto shop when he realized the following: he's tired of working on other people's stuff.
Focus on Service: EA1(SCW) Keith Casey -
A Seabee stationed at Fort Leonard Wood reflects on his first duty station at Washington DC days after 9/11.
Almost everyone remembers where they were when 9/11 happened. Engineering Aid 1st Class (SCW) Keith Casey was an A-school student learning to be a Seabee at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, when he saw the towers go down.
Building Seabees -
The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE) Seabees build their young Sailors from the ground up.
It's been more than 10 years since Equipment Operator 1st Class Roy Summerville came back to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. The last time he was here, he was fresh out of boot camp, a young Sailor about to learn what it takes to be Seabee.
Becoming an American Citizen and U.S. Navy Sailor -
Gaining Naturalization Through Military Service
While division 158 marches their way back into their training environment, one recruit's focus is different from the others in ranks with him. This older recruit, marching to the beat of his own drum of sorts, is on the path to gain his US citizenship while on active duty in the United States Navy.
The Voice of the Navy -
Download scripts and audio files of The Watch, Sailor's Creed and Old Glory
Ever had to put together a Navy retirement ceremony and wondered where to find the words for Old Glory or The Watch? Now you can just copy, paste, listen and even download all three.
Quartermaster Leading the Way -
Focus on Service - QMC(SW/AW) Jessica Pulido
With no clear idea of where life was taking her, Jessica Pulido joined the Navy. Now as a Chief Quartermaster and the senior quartermaster of Waterfront Readiness for the US Naval Academy, Pulido has no trouble navigating her path, and setting a course for others.
A Dream Made Real -
A Sailor's Seven Year Voyage to Commissioning
Christina was having a routine morning. Medical was a little busy because it was a periodic health assessment (PHA) day. Thirty to fifty Sailors were standing in line anxiously waiting for lab techs like Christina to draw their blood.
Turning a Nightmare into a Good Dream -
A Sailor's Quest to Write His Own Story
It is the summer of 1997. Temperatures are in the 90s and there is a slight wind blowing. Children are playing in the streets in the city of Columbus, Ohio.
Presidential Sailor: White House Communications Agency Special Duty -
Coolest job in the Navy
Ever since reporting for duty at the White House Communications Agency, Chief Electronics Technician Tiffany Barber often finds herself retelling the moment she first met President Barack Obama.
Blue Angel Full Circle -
One guy and his desire to fly
Knobby-kneed in their shorts and polo shirts, clutching toy Blue Angel jet replicas, they posed for the picture. At just 3 years old, twin brothers Matt and Johan Suyderhoud were attending their first airshow. Behind them in the photo, kneeling down and pointing the boys toward the camera was Lt. David Anderson, a Blue Angels Pilot. Click.
Focus on Service -
Chief of Navy Chaplains, Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben
Nuking It -
Navy lieutenant finds out what life is like in the nuclear field
Don't Nuke It. The phrase is often used by Sailors as a way to say stop over thinking things in the way a nuclear officer might. Don't dissect everything down to its nuts and bolts. Just stop thinking. But that's the thing; Sailors who are part of the nuclear Navy can't stop. They have no choice but to nuke it.
MR1 Jeffrey Tumacder and MR3 Feliciano Garcia -
Find out what it's like to be a machinery repairman aboard the USS Emory S. Land
RP2 Brianna Wahl -
Find out how RP2 Brianna Wahl feels about being a religious program specialist aboard NAS Meridian, Miss.
Precision Engineering -
GSE3 Kelli Joachim
Every morning since 2013, Kelli Joachim has boarded the same gray, steel-hull, guided-missile destroyer floating in San Diego Bay - USS John Paul Jones. She pulls the same tattered pair of navy blue, grease-stained coveralls out of her stand-up locker in the female berthing and slides into them.
Fastest Sailor in the Fleet -
YNSN Martin is an Olympic sprinter who has transitioned from team USA to team U.S. Navy
The boots are cleaned and polished. The feet inside, however, betray a secret. They belong to Yeoman Seaman Rodney Martin, and are arguably the fastest in the Navy.
Focus on Service: MMFA Dillon Maddox
Talk to most Sailors in boot camp or A-school and they'll tell you they can't wait to get out to the fleet and do their job. However, for many new check-ins onboard a ship, there's one thing that will keep them from doing it; cranking.
Just Doing My Job -
HM2 Patrick B. Quill was awarded the Silver Star for actions during one day in Afghanistan
Pinned down by machine gun and mortar fire, without regard for his own life, he ran across open terrain to reach his fallen leader.
Bringing Her Home -
Escorting the remains of a fallen Sailor
I recently escorted the remains of a fallen Sailor home to her family.
SH2 (SW/AW) Ryeland King -
Find out how SH2 Ryeland King feels about being a barber aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25)
GM2 (SW) Nathan Vanlaere -
See how Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Nathan Vanlear feels about managing an armory of more than 1,200 weapons
HM3 Kristopher Krysa -
Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristopher Krysa, 27, from La Grange Park, Ill., is a corpsman with Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 2-215.
CSCS(SS) Derrick Davenport -
Find out how CSCS(SS) Derrick Davenport feels about being an enlisted aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Finding Tomorrow's Sailors -
The Benefits of Recruiting Duty
FC2(SW/AW) Brian Whitaker saw recruiting duty as a chance to be close to home. With a three-year-old daughter and coming off four-and-a-half years of sea duty aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), he wanted a chance to spend some time focused on his family.
A Story of Love and Survival -
The Story of EOD2 Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly
Taylor Morris is many things. He's a 25-year-old college student and a boyfriend to Danielle Kelly. He's also a real life example of the fighting spirit of the Navy.
Link to a Legacy -
Why One Sailor Chose to Volunteer at a Veteran's Home
Each week history is passed down and connections are made when young and old meet to play games, watch movies and share stories.
Running for the Wounded -
185 for Heroes Runs for Their Lives
March 12, while Mississippi was busy passing the "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill, while Facebook was getting an updated timeline design and while Lamar and Khloe were getting a new puppy, Chief Christian Michael Pike, a 31-year-old Navy Seal, was dying.
Any Other Monday -
Helping our Shipmates
Bertillia Lavern, a logistics management specialist at Naval Sea Systems Command, worked at building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard.
The Last Uniform -
Learn how two Corpsmen care for the Navy and Marine Corps' fallen
An Honor and a Privilege -
A unique ceremony for three Navy leaders
"We the people...," "I will support and defend...," "...bear true faith and allegiance...,"
MA2 (EXW) Keith Danalewich & Doly the patrol dog -
See how military canines supplement and enhance security forces.
Focus On Nimitz -
Learn what motivates two Sailors on board USS Nimitz
Not a Day Off -
Furloughed Dahlgren Employees Volunteer to Help Family in Need
Microbiologists trimmed the hedges, naval engineers installed shelving in the garage and scientists organized the basement.
Focus on Service -
AZ3(AW) Travis Francisco
2012 Stan Arthur Logisticians of the Year -
Military and Civilian Award Winners
It Doesn't Take a Village -
Balancing Navy and Parenthood as a Single Mother
QMC(SW/AW) Samir Patel -
Find out how QMC(SW/AW) Samir Patel feels about serving as a detailer.
MM1(SS) Brandon Hale -
Learn how MM1(SS) Brandon Hale helps keep USS San Francisco moving.
A Fight at 15 -
Navy Dietician Parlays Early Cancer Survival Into Life Dedicated To Others
The word "cancer" is ugly. It takes lives, devastates families and destroys people from the inside. It's a word no one wants to hear come from a doctor's mouth. But when the unsightly word is paired with another three-syllable sound, it becomes a label of hope, perseverance and optimism.
The Best Among Us -
2012 Sailors of the Year Advanced to Chief Petty Officer
The 2012 Sailor of the Year winners were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial May 16.
Focus on Service -
Find out how MRFN Ashley Castle feels about being a part of the machinery repair shop aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
ET1(SS) Eduardo Ortega -
Find out how ET1(SS) Eduardo Ortega feels about serving in the submarine community.
A Legacy of Service -
A look at one family's rich military heritage
It wasn't until the idea for this story came up that I gave much thought to how so many members of my family joined the military, and then ultimately, I really just wanted to find out how we ended up this way.
AWR2(NAC) Joshua Dickman -
QM2 Emily Bussa -