injected into the building of software and equipment,
and going out and actually making sure that they
[surface warriors] are tactically ready to employ their
weapons systems if called upon.
It’s a challenging field, it’s fast-paced. Most fields or
communities you work with, they are very specific and
pipelined toward one specific platform, one specific
goal or objective. For us, as surface warfare officers, we
get to merge not only with different entities inside the
fleet — submarine community, aviation community —
we also get to merge with different forces. We integrate
with Marines. We also work with the Army and the Air
Force. It’s a very diverse community.
I consider myself a high-velocity instructor with
what we’re doing to support the Surface Navy. We are
not relying so much on what we’ve learned in the past;
we have the ability to go and test new things and try
new things and promote our fleet to be on the forefront. That’s what’s most rewarding — to being able to
say, “Hey, every day I can go out there and improve the
Navy in one facet or another,” whether it’s something
small or something major.
You never want to think anything bad can happen,
but you never know and you always want to be prepared.
As an instructor, and being able to go out and support
events in SWATT [Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical
Training], it’s helping support our maritime superiority
and being able to lead from the front, and to get not only
the surface force, but all Navy forces on the same page.
I’m definitely going to finish here at SMWDC’s Sea
Combat Division, then I’ll move to department head
school. After department head, I am eligible for retirement because of my prior enlisted service. However,
I am going to continue on hopefully to become an
executive officer and a commanding officer of a DDG
[guided-missile destroyer], and then hopefully a CG
[guided-missile cruiser] for a major command. So,
definitely long-term — I love it.
I do have a family and 7-year-old daughter, so that
plays into my career decision making, but I like to
think that I am a good female role model for her and
being able to allow her to see that mom is actually
doing something good, not only for her but everyone
else. I believe if you can see it, you can be it. n