Women's History Month: FLTCM April Beldo, CMDCM Jean Heitzman, LSC Latonya Starks, OS1 Jennifer Galvez and YN2 Tyquesha Hewitt
Navy leaders and pioneers
YN2 Tyquesha Hewitt
Q: Why did I decide to join/serve the Navy?
A: I joined the in order to pay back my school loans, to learn a different set of skills that would help me in my civilian career of Social Work, and to travel and see the world.
Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped guide you?
A: My role models are my parents.
In my mind, they are the epitome of love, respect, and hard work. They married young and immediately decided to start their family. No matter what obstacles came, they faced them together and never let my sister or I see their worries.
Q: Please tell us a story about someone, perhaps in your family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than you ever thought you might.
A: My sister, although younger, has always been my biggest cheerleader.
There have been times when I have doubted my abilities, talents, or just out right felt down in the dumps. Whatever the situation, my sister is always there with an encouraging word and uplifting pep talks. She is always pushing me to reach beyond the stars and go that extra step to accomplish more than my heart's desires.
Q: Please tell us which past assignments are the most memorable and why?
A: My most memorable assignment was when I worked for the Defense Courier Station, Sigonella, Sicily.
It was so memorable to me because I had the chance to serve in a joint environment. Being able to work with all branches of the military truly allows you to appreciate the uniqueness of each service and brings into view the bigger picture of how we all work together to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy.
Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you?
A: Being a leader in the Navy, to me, means that a person knows their people, knows how to take care of them and even reprimand them in a way that is still uplifting.
A Navy leader doesn't have to raise their voice or make demands to get things done because they naturally draw respect from others that make them want to get whatever needs to be done taken care. A Navy leader is respectful of others opinions and will take the time to listen to new ideas, issues or concerns and will take these matters into consideration before making decisions that will affect the team or the mission.