Reservists Serve aboard Frank Cable

Story Number: NNS130521-05Release Date: 5/21/2013 5:52:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zac Shea, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

POLARIS POINT, Guam (NNS) -- 12 Navy reservists from throughout the U.S. came to Guam to aid the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in her repair mission for a three-week period here, ending May 18.

Frank Cable conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility where she and her crew are forward deployed.

"Our mission is to integrate ourselves into the various shops," said Chief Machinery Repairman William Pierson of Eleanor, West Virginia, and a Navy reservist of 14 years. "It's very challenging but also very rewarding. "It's great to come out here and pitch in."

The reservists came from several states and reserve detachments throughout the U.S. including Missouri, New York and Virginia. The reservists also came from numerous rates including hull maintenance technician, electronics technician and machinist's mate.

The majority of the reservists were assigned to repair department, working on both Frank Cable and her tended units alongside.

Coming to Frank Cable gave one reservist a chance to hone and gain new skills in her civilian occupation while also supporting the mission of the ship.

"I asked to be paired with medical and I was lucky enough to get it," said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Haley Drake, a Navy reservist from Holley, New York, who recently earned her Registered Nurse (R.N.) certification. "This is more back to basic skills that I don't normally get to use. I really am learning so much. This will definitely be an experience I can take back and use in my civilian job."

Drake, who was active duty for four years and completed two deployments aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65), said she enjoys serving in the reserves but it makes her miss the camaraderie she felt while on active duty.

"It's a whole different world," said Drake. "I do miss active duty so I always look forward to those three weeks where I get to be a Sailor again and have that sense of unity."

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