Today’s #YOUAREGOVX member profile is a Navy Lieutenant and former Surface Warfare Officer. Motivated by the events of September 11, Samantha launched her career and takes extreme pride in her work, especially when it comes to re-enlisting the sailors of the most powerful Navy on the planet. Be sure to congratulate her on her upcoming marriage in the comments below!
Can you give us a brief look at your service history?
I’ve served in the Navy for eight years and I’m currently a Lieutenant stationed at the Office of Naval Intelligence. I served as a Surface Warfare Officer for six years and did a lateral transfer to the intel community.
What are some moments that stand out?
When looking over my eight year career, many things stand out as memorable moments. The first one that comes to mind is being asked to re-enlist a sailor. I’ve had the pleasure of doing that many times and every time I’m humbled when a sailor asks for my help in renewing their commitment to the Navy
Another time, my father came on a cross-country trip with me from San Diego to Washington DC so I could take a new station. My father’s an Army veteran. He and I stopped in Alabama one night during the trip. We’re sitting around chatting in a restaurant when the news came over the TV that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. My father and I shouted for joy with the entire bar.
I was a senior in high school, living in New Jersey on 9/11. Most of my friends and family knew people who worked in the towers. That day solidified my decision to attend the Naval Academy and join the military. My brother followed two years later and joined the Marine Corps. And my sister joined the Navy three years after him. We’re a family of military-minded people, and on that day, we could not have been more proud to wear our uniforms.
Any moment that made you laugh?
This might sound a little silly, but there was this one time I simply could not believe that you could shine steel-toed boots. I thought that work boots couldn’t be shined, maybe it was the four years in the Academy that affected that thought process. My Senior Chief said “Yes, Ensign, you can shine those,” and he took my boots and showed me how it’s done. That was nearly eight years ago. He did such a fine job that even today, eight years later, I just have to do a light buff and apply a little polish to shine them up. I picked on him for years for doing the job that I had no idea could be done.
What living person do you most admire?
My parents. They’ve been married for 35 years and they’ve got this wealth of wisdom I hope to one day pass on to my children. They’re not without flaws, but who isn’t? It’s one of the reasons why I admire them most, because I can see they’re human and work through their mistakes.
What was your favorite adventure or journey you’ve taken?
Well, there was the time we stowed “suspected” pirates on our ship during our third deployment. That was fun.
But in all seriousness, I’d say the journey that most stands out is the one I’m on and the one that will lead me to the next chapter: I’m marrying my best friend in January, a Marine helo pilot. Together, our lives will continue to be an adventure.