Tell us about your time serving in the Navy
I spent 7 years with the U.S. Navy Seabees. The Seabees are a separate group of the Navy. They provide responsive military construction support to Navy, Marine Corps and other forces in military operations, construct base facilities and conduct defensive operations. I was a builder which makes up the largest segment of the Naval Construction Force. I worked as a carpenter, plasterer, roofer, concrete finisher, mason, painter, bricklayer, and cabinet maker. I did one tour to Iraq in 2008 and a tour in Afghanistan in 2009.
What inspired you to join the Navy?
I was part of a NJROTC in high school and I loved the discipline, pride, and structure. From freshman year, I knew I'd be a part of the armed forces. I initially wanted to be a Marine, but my older brother who is a Marine was not about to let his little sister join. So, I went with the next best thing!