Videos - Behind the Ribbons
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Featured Video: Lieutenant Scott Lanum – Diversity Program Manager
As a diversity program manager, LT Scott Lanum’s vision of a strong, multicultural Navy is reflected in the unique talents and backgrounds of the men and women who serve.
U.S. Navy SEAL – 32-year Master Chief
As a U.S. Navy SEAL, conducting clandestine missions behind enemy lines is all in a day’s work.
U.S. Navy Diver Third Class Valerie DeFreitas
See how Navy Diver Third Class Valerie DeFreitas has become one of only a handful of women who dive the world over in the most intense environments imaginable.
U.S. Navy Social Worker – Lieutenant Junior Grade Samantha Penney
Once LTJG Samantha Penney graduated from the NROTC program, her career in Navy social work began to take form. Learn how her love of helping people and passion for travel have been fostered in the U.S. Navy.
U.S. Navy Medical Corps – CAPT Joel Roos, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer CAPT Joel Roos is an avid diver who used his love of dive exploration to find adventure and jump-start his career in Navy Medicine.
U.S. Navy Medical Corps – CAPT James Chun, Career Plans Officer, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
CAPT James Chun’s specialty in adolescent medicine and pediatrics allows him to thrive as a Navy Physician, caring for military members and their families.
U.S. Navy Medical Corps – LCDR Josephine Nguyen, Director of Medical Student Accessions, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
LCDR Josephine Nguyen applied for and received a Navy HPSP scholarship to attend the medical school of her choice and has turned her desire to treat patients with the proper care into a lifelong mission. Find out more about Navy Medicine here.
Petty Officer Cooke - Submarine Sonar Tech
As a Submarine Sonar Tech, Petty Officer Michael Cooke is the eyes and ears of his ship. See how his career in the Navy has helped shape his life and the life of so many fellow Sailors.
Petty Officer First Class Gomez - Information Systems Technician Submarines
Petty Officer First Class Gomez’s desire to restore, recover and maintain the advanced technology used by the U.S. Navy has allowed him to thrive in the ever-changing field of Information Systems Technician Submarines.
Navy Reserve Physician – Dr. Ron Kuzdak.
See how the Navy has helped physicians discover their calling to help people all over the world.
Navy Medical Student – Ensign Leslie Korson.
See how the Navy has opened doors for medical students to complete their studies and aid in humanitarian efforts around the world.
Officer Development School – Lieutenant Junior Grade Caroline Silvia
Lieutenant Junior Grade Caroline Silvia discusses Officer Development School and how to prepare for a career as an Officer in the Navy.
Navy Recruiter – Petty Officer Second Class Eric Kehl
Learn about the Navy Delayed Entry Program, and how it helps candidates transition from the civilian sector to military life, by watching our latest webcast featuring Petty Officer Second Class Eric Kehl.
Petty Officer Second Class Mark Hughner
Learn about the Military Entrance Processing Station and what to expect by watching our latest webcast featuring Petty Officer Second Class Mark Hughner.
Navy Counselor – Chief Joseph Seiler
As a Navy Counselor, Chief Joseph Seiler spends his time teaching sailors about the educational opportunities the Navy offers. Curious about tuition coverage and getting your degree through America’s Navy? Watch the Navy Educational Opportunities webcast to find out how it’s possible.
Featured Video: Navy Nurse – Lieutenant Junior Grade Shannon Meyer
Discover how Navy Nurses care for those who defend our country and their families by watching the webcast featuring Lieutenant Junior Grade Shannon Meyer.
Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmer – Petty Officer Second Class Melissa Dixon
Discover how Aviation Rescue Swimmers stand ready for emergencies and save lives by watching the webcast featuring Petty Officer Second Class Melissa Dixon.
Navy Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer – Lieutenant Monika A. Coxe
Find out how the Navy Nuclear Surface Warfare Officers defend national security by using cutting-edge technology to control, manage and operate the Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Watch the Navy webcast featuring Lieutenant Monika A. Coxe to discover more.
Navy Physician, Clinical Specialist – Captain Cynthia Macri
Her experience is extensive. Her career is exemplary. Her curriculum vitae is an example of medical leadership in action. Introducing Captain Cynthia Macri, Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Navy Officer/Enlisted – Lieutenant Commander Daniel Morales & Petty Officer First Class Steve DesRoches
They both know firsthand what it’s like to serve in the Navy, but from two different perspectives. Find out how Lieutenant Commander Daniel Morales and Petty Officer First Class Steve DesRoches work together in the Navy.
Aviation Electrician’s Mate – Ryan Mills
Advanced aircraft in the U.S. Navy all need support crews of dedicated electricians and mechanics who can keep the pilots in the air safely, mission after mission. Meet Aviation Electrician’s Mate, Second Class, Ryan Mills. Ryan troubleshoots electrical and navigation systems and more on multimillion-dollar aircraft, skills he learned in the Navy with no previous experience. Hear how his training earned him college credits and what applications a job like his has in the civilian sector.
Navy Musician – Cory Parker
Music has always been his passion. When he learned he could pursue that passion while serving his country at the same time, he knew his course was set. Meet Navy Musician Cory Parker as he shares the incredible experiences available to members of the Navy musical community.
Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist – Carina Stone.
Analyzing data is vital to our national security and to the ongoing missions of the Navy. Meet Carina Stone, an Intelligence Specialist in the Navy Reserve, who analyzes classified data while being a full-time mom and student.
Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) – Ridley Shetler
Some of the nation’s most brilliant minds are behind the technology used by America’s Navy. And technology doesn’t get more advanced than Navy Nuclear Propulsion. Meet Ridley Shetler, one of the first women selected to serve on a submarine in the United States Navy.
Navy Diver – Chief Petty Officer Rebecca Jones
Whether it’s surveying wreckage or supporting missions for Special Warfare, Navy Divers take on incredible challenges in the course of their duties. Meet Navy Diver Rebecca Jones as she shares her experiences. Explore the adventure, the risks, and how to prepare to become part of this exceptional community.
Navy Chaplain – Rear Admiral Gregory Horn
At home, he’s a full-time minister for his congregation. In the Navy Reserve, he’s a spiritual guide for Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Meet Navy Chaplain Rear Admiral Gregory Horn. And learn about the exceptional rewards to be found by men and women of God who serve their congregation and their country.
Naval Reactors Engineer – Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Jesse Sloane
Some of the nation’s most brilliant minds are behind the technology used by America’s Navy. And no technology is more advanced than Navy nuclear propulsion. Meet Naval Reactors Engineer Jesse Sloane as he describes his challenging career from the inside of this very select community.
Navy Nuclear Trained Machinist’s Mate – Petty Officer Second Class Alicia Ferrell
Aircraft carriers and submarines are among the most important assets in the Navy. And they rely on nuclear reactors for power and propulsion. Meet Nuclear Machinist’s Mate Alicia Ferrell as she shares what it’s like to work with a reactor – and offers advice to those seeking an exciting career with limitless potential.
Navy Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) - Lieutenant Eddie Allen
Surface Warfare Officers are the backbone of Navy leadership at sea. They motivate and inspire. The responsibility to make critically important decisions falls squarely on their shoulders. Meet Lieutenant Eddie Allen as he answers your questions about being an Officer aboard some of the world’s most powerful ships.
Navy SWCC – Chief Chris Favata
Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC). Some call them the Navy’s best-kept secret. But for those who know better, they’re the warriors of the waterways. Catch a glimpse of the incredible career of Chris Favata, longtime member of the SWCC community.
Navy Dental Officer – LT Sarita Ojha
Sarita Ojha knew early on that she wanted to work giving quality, one-on-one care to others. That’s precisely what she’s able to do in the Navy Dental Corps. Now Lieutenant Ojha is a full-time Navy Dentist in Southern California. And she’s practicing her profession the way she has always imagined.
Navy Clinical Social Worker – LT Bryan Pyle
In every community, there are families in need of expert guidance and counseling to get them through challenging circumstances. For Lieutenant Bryan Pyle, the main goal was to help people live happy, healthy lives. As a clinical social worker in the Navy, Lieutenant Pyle enjoys tremendous opportunities to make a positive and profound impact in the lives of others.
Navy Hospital Corpsman – Petty Officer Ashley Wagner
Ashley entered the Navy to see the world and try new things. She found exactly what she was looking for – and much more. Today Petty Officer Ashley Wagner is a Hospital Corpsman, specialized as a diving medical technician. And that position has taken her far beyond where she ever expected to be.
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician – Petty Officer Second Class Kirby Marshall
He always knew he wanted a career filled with challenge and excitement. Petty Officer Second Class Kirby Marshall found both – as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Today he’s committed to protecting his fellow servicemembers by removing the harm from harm’s way.
Navy Submarine Officer – LT Matthew Powell
In college, Matthew Powell discovered that his studies in chemical engineering could take him further than he ever thought possible. Since then, Lieutenant Powell has become an Officer and leader aboard one of the most advanced vessels in the world: a nuclear-powered submarine.
Fire Control Technician – Adam Imschweiler
After high school, Adam found himself at a crossroads, facing down a tedious nine-to-five job. Today he’s responsible for maintaining and firing the Tomahawk missiles aboard the USS Michigan. Watch Petty Officer Imschweiler’s story, and learn about opportunities in the field of electronics.
Podiatrist – LT Kittra Owens
Podiatry, or medicine of the foot, is critically important to keeping our servicemembers active and mobile. In the Navy Medical Service Corps, podiatric surgeon Lieutenant Kittra Owens has found a proactive culture of medicine, a higher level of professional satisfaction and more leadership opportunity than she ever anticipated.
Seabee Diver – Lynn Rodriguez
Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Chief Petty Officer Lynn Rodriguez knew her destiny was to travel the planet. She had no clue just how far she would go. Today she is a Seabee Diver, one of a select group of men and women capable of achieving the extraordinary deep beneath the surface of the oceans of the world.
There's a different and exciting aspect of medicine that can be found only in the Navy Medical Corps. Watch as Dr. Andy Baldwin recalls his inspiring experiences in a global practice where patient care is paramount - and the impact for good is unparalleled.
Navy Reserve Nurses
On most days, Linda Elias-Thomas is the Safety Director at a medical center. And during his workweek, Brian Biggie is the director of a 52-bed emergency department. Both of these Nurses have excelled in their profession. Watch their stories, and discover the advantages of being a Reserve Officer in the Navy Nurse Corps.
Naval Aviator – Sarah Flaherty
She's responsible for piloting one of the most advanced helicopters in the world – and training young Officers to do the same. Meet Lieutenant Sarah Flaherty, pilot of the $44 million MH-60R Seahawk. Watch her story, and learn what it means to be a leader in the field of aviation.
Navy Chaplain – John Miyahara
Imagine a ministry of many faiths. Serving men and women facing diverse challenges. Officiating in settings ranging from ships to encampments, from small chapels to sweeping congregations. This is the ministry of Lieutenant John Miyahara, a Navy Chaplain currently serving at Arlington National Cemetery. Watch his story.
Clinical Psychologist – J. Porter Evans
Meet J. Porter Evans. He is a Lieutenant in the Navy where he works as a Clinical Psychologist. In this position, LT Evans provides mental health care for a variety of conditions, having a positive impact on the lives of fellow servicemembers.
Physician Assistant – LT Joelle Annandono
Meet Lieutenant Joelle Annandono. She works as a Physician Assistant in the Navy. Her experience while serving has made her an advocate for patient care and a trusted provider for fellow Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families.
CTI – Steve Barbee
Meet Steve Barbee. He is currently a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy where he works as Cryptologic Technician Interpretive or CTI, specializing in Mandarin Chinese. Thanks to the extensive training the Navy has provided him, Chief Barbee has become an expert in all aspects of his area of interest.
Reserve – John Mustin
Meet John Mustin. He is a Commander in the Navy Reserve and an executive in advertising. Thanks to the flexibility of the Navy Reserve, CDR Mustin can balance both his civilian and military careers.
Aviation Rescue Swimmers – Andrew Worth and Megan Justesen
Meet Andrew and Megan. They serve in the Navy as Aviation Rescue Swimmers. Their passion for helping those in distress has led them to a rewarding and exhilarating career unlike any other — working all over the world to help save lives in some of the most dangerous conditions possible.
Information Technology – Marie Antoinette Molina and Angelena BellHolifield
Meet Marie and Angelena. They currently work in the Information Technology field of the U.S. Navy. Thanks to the extensive training the Navy has provided Marie and Angelena, their experience has led them around the world as part of a diverse group, working with the latest cutting-edge technology.
Civil Engineering – Lavell Walson
Meet Lavell. He currently serves as the Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division Director in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. In his current position, he has been given the responsibility of training, guiding and leading his fellow engineers in the timely execution of a variety of significant construction jobs that are vital to the overall success of the Navy.
NUPOC – David Viray and Milesha Grier
Meet David and Milesha. They are college students studying to become Nuclear Power Officers in the Navy through the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program. The NUPOC program has provided David and Milesha with generous compensation that has allowed them to focus primarily on their studies.
Submarine Officers – Haney Hong and Chris Carter
Meet Haney and Chris. They currently serve as Lieutenants in the Navy Submarine Force. While serving, they have received some of the most extensive training the Navy has to offer as well as the opportunity to take part in important missions critical to national security.
Heritage Language – Windle Barnes
Meet Windle. He currently serves as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy where he is the Intel Program Manager, as well as the Heritage Language Recruiting Program Manager. His unique skills have allowed him the opportunity to travel all over the world recruiting other individuals to aid in foreign relations as Navy linguists.
Seabee/Navy Reserve – John Austin
Meet John. He comes from a rich family history of military experience. John currently serves in the Navy Reserve as an Engineering Aide in the Seabees. As a Reservist, he is able to steady his life as a husband and family man with his life as a Seabee: able to maintain the discipline, responsibility, and honor learned through his service both home and away.
NROTC Scholarships – Maggie Jackson and Danielle Head
Meet Maggie and Danielle. They come from opposite sides of the country, but share a common bond and opportunity: the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps. Which gives them full tuition at top universities, unrivaled leadership experience, and a career path that places them light years ahead of their peers.
U.S. Navy Dentist - Lieutenant Commander Heather Gnau
For Dr. Gnau, dentistry is more than Novocain and bitewings. Thanks to the Navy, she’s traveled the world, cared for impoverished villagers and maintained the dental health of countless young Sailors and Marines. Now she’s specializing in endodontics while earning a full salary, without the typical out-of-pocket expenses.