Senior Chief Rolen E. Jiao
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors, past and present, and their important contributions to the defense of our nation.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Navy?
A: I guess I'm just following in the footstep of my father. My brother (YNC) and I are third generation Sailors of the family. Serving in the U.S. Navy and wearing this uniform has allowed a comfortable and exciting lifestyle for my family. We have been given the opportunity to experience so many different things, to live in different countries, visit exciting places and experience a myriad of different cultures.
Q: Who are the role models or mentors that have influenced you, or helped guide you?
A: My last Command Master Chief and Maintenance Master Chief are two of the many role models/mentors that have helped me along the way. They showed me the ropes of Navy life. They provided me with support, direction and advice, taught me how to better balance work and family life so that I could succeed in the Navy without sacrificing quality time with my family. One thing I continue to do to this day is ensure that I keep in touch with the many role models and mentors I have met during my career in the Navy and seek guidance and inspiration from them as my Navy career progresses.
Q: Which past assignments are the most memorable to you, and why?
A: In my twenty four years of service in the Navy, every duty station has been special in its own way, new countries, new friends, new cultures, new customs and of course new foods. There are many challenges to getting accustomed to your new home and many sacrifices that every Sailor and his family must make when choosing assignments, however it's not really where you are but really more about what you make of your time while you're there.
I have no regrets with any of the places I've been stationed. All of my experiences have been memorable. But remember, no matter what duty station you should choose, make sure your family is included in your decision and happy with your choice. If you're a single Sailor, then it's all up to you on where you go and what you make out of it.