MMCM Cindy Huratiak was born and raised in Calexico, CA. For most of Cindy's childhood her mom struggled through addiction leaving her family fighting to get by. When Cindy got to high school, she found herself yearning for more. With few resources available, she decided on taking the ASVAB to keep her options open after graduation. When she was asked to complete 100 math questions in under 3 minutes, she did just that—but in 2. Getting out of Calexico to experience the world was an option she couldn't turn her back on. With her decision made, she joined the Navy. Today, Cindy serves to prove that making the Navy a career and being a mom and wife is more than possible.
Machinist's Mates (MMs) operate and maintain engines, compressors, gear, refrigeration, and air-conditioning equipment along with other types of machinery onboard ships and shore installations. MMs are responsible for ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery such as turbogenerators, pumps, and oil purifiers. Specially trained and qualified MMs are deployed onboard nuclear-powered ships to maintain the machinery and piping in nuclear reactors.
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The Seventh Sailor
Home's hard to leave. This Sailor watched 6 siblings join the Navy before it was his turn.
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A life preserver. Sailor saves people from perils at sea and feeds the hungry on days off.
This Sailor learned the importance of a meaningful life while staying true to his roots.
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