Women's History Month: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer
Navy leaders and pioneers
Lt.j.g Anna Mansueti is currently serving as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit ELEVEN (EODMU 11) Mobile (MOB) Platoon (PLT) 11-0-2 Officer-in-Charge (OIC)
Q: Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
A: I knew I wanted to join the Navy at a very young age, my Dad served in the Navy for over 20 years. I grew up surrounded by the culture of Naval aviation, and originally wanted to become a helicopter pilot. I was very drawn to the opportunities the Navy could provide for me, especially the traveling. I have had so many great experiences so far and look forward for more to come, especially on my current deployment!
Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you?
A: My first role model will always be my Dad, he is the reason I joined the Navy. I had a very positive experience with the military throughout my childhood, and my family had a very solid support group of military friends. Moving around to new duty stations allowed my sisters and me to become more outgoing, and we made a lot of meaningful friendships that way. My Dad had three Naval careers- he flew F-14s, was a flight surgeon for a little while, and finished as a radiation oncologist in Bethesda, Maryland. I always looked up to him when I was young for his career as a pilot, but as I got older, I realized how special and unique it was to have multiple Naval careers. It takes a lot of determination and drive to have one full and happy Naval career, let alone three. My Dad always followed his passions and interests, and chose the assignments that would make him the happiest. That is part of the reason why I was inspired to strive to be selected for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
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: When I think about people who influence me and challenge me in this job, I think about the females in Navy EOD. I have been very fortunate in getting stationed near (or with) a few of them, they are some of the most incredible and powerful women I have ever met. When I first checked into EOD MOBILE UNIT ELEVEN, I met EODC Brie Coger and EODC Christine Franklin. I also met a few fellow officers at other units, Kaitlin Baker, Sarah Turse, and Michaela Bilotta. We always make an effort to spend time together as a group, or lift or swim and run together. I am constantly encouraged and inspired by them, and it's pretty amazing to have a support group like that- as busy as we may be at times.
Q: Please tell us which past assignments are the most memorable to you and why?
A: One of my most memorable assignments was one of my most recent VIPPSA jobs for EOD MOBILE UNIT ELEVEN, EODC Coger and I were sent to Paris, France in support of protecting POTUS during the G20 Summit. We were part of the security detail who ensured the safety of the location POTUS. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was very lucky to be chosen to attend with a mentor and a friend.
Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you?
A: I think the opportunity to lead an EOD platoon is one of the greatest honors I have ever had, I am constantly learning. For me, being a leader involves putting others before yourself and always striving to set the example and a high standard. I aim to make the best decisions for my platoon and do the right things for them. Since EOD is such a tight knit community, I lean on my team a lot for guidance as well; I will always try to be a better team member and listener.