In the Navy, yes, you can sail the seven seas…” (I literally just watched that video for the first time ever. Oh, Mylanta).

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I went to boot camp. Seeing as how I’m wearing a camo shirt in these photos and the fact that I have less than 4 months left in the military, I thought it’d be appropriate for me to blog, in a nutshell, about my active duty service in the United States Navy.

I enlisted in the spring/summer of 2007 as a naive, but adventure seeking college student. I left for boot camp in a hoodie, shirt and jeans (horrible idea) to The Windy City on Halloween day and graduated in December of that same year. From there, I went across the street to Naval Hospital Corps School to learn how to become a Hospital Corpsman, which for those of you who don’t know, is greater than or equal to a US Army medic. I was supposed to go on to surgery technician school, but the Navy ran out of funding (go figure). So, I had to choose between East Coast or West Coast and landed two year orders to my first duty station, Naval Hospital Lemoore. Before I carry on, I have to mention how ridiculously cold it was in Chicago especially being a Los Angeles native. However, I love, love, love (love love) Chitown and was able to go back with some friends to party.

If you don’t know where Lemoore is, keep it that way. With the exception of a few places like Superior Dairy and Harris Ranch, you have absolutely no business there. Despite it’s unpleasant smell and remote location (among many other things), my time spent in central California wasn’t bad at all. I befriended some of the most amazing people that I definitely would not have had the pleasure to meet had I not been stationed there. Shout outs to one of my best friends, Joseph Wyer, who recently had a baby boy/my grandson, Jae-Sun Bayani! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you, Ashley (Joseph’s wife). Oh, and thanks to Mama B (Brenda) and Ana Marie for always taking care of me and being the best nurses in the world!

From Lemoore, I volunteered for a 7 month deployment to Expeditionary Medical Facility-Kuwait. I went to San Diego for the administrative stuff, then trained at Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute in Camp Pendleton, California. Deployment to Kuwait was, for the most part, a cake walk. Yes, it was hot as hell (like an oven surrounded by sand that so happened to blow right into your face). Yes, I missed my family and friends, especially during all the holidays. No, it wasn’t a combat zone. In fact, the most dangerous thing that happened to me was when I scraped my knees on the sandy, rocky soccer field while attempting to slide tackle another player. I, also, had the pleasure to take rest and recuperation (R&R) in Doha, Qatar for a little less than a week where I got to jet ski on the Persian Gulf, eat delicious food, and ride a roller coaster in the nicest indoor mall I’ve ever been to. All in all, deployment went well and I met more amazing people. Shout outs to Powell, Paul, Arriane and Thaggard (the people who I spent most of my time with). Sorry to anyone I missed. Before I carry on, I have to mention how wealthy the nationals of the country are. They are so rich that when their cars break down, which are usually brand new, top of the line Bimmers or Benzes, they leave them on the side of the road and just buy a new car.

While on deployment, I had the choice to finish my contract out in Diego Garcia or extend it for another 8 months to back to Camp Pendleton. I, obviously, went with the latter. I made my way back to California where I worked at Naval Medical Center San Diego for a couple months before I started training to become a field medical technician (greater than or equivalent to a US Army combat medic) at Field Medical Training Battalion in Camp Pendleton. Upon graduation, I went to my second, current and last command, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Maintenance Battalion, which is also located in Camp Pendleton. Shout outs to Redeen, Romero, Jalandoni and the rest of the crew at work. Before I carry on, I have to mention how huge this base is. You can drive from one end to another and go through 3 different climates. It would also take a “minute” for you to drive around the entire base.

I picked up the rank of Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) within my first enlistment, received several qualifications and awards, and have learned and experienced more in my five plus years than most people will in a lifetime. It’s been an up and down ride, and regardless of how many times throughout my short time that I said the military life isn’t for me, I’d do it all over again. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone I’ve encountered in that time, no matter how significant. I’d also like to thank service members past, present and future for the many sacrifices they make to serve our country.



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Oh, and for anyone who cares, I got my Fleet Marine Force (FMF) pin today.

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