March 31st 2020

My HM1 told my class today that we have to not only be flexible but, we also have to be resilient. He told us his story on how he had a strong, capable and resilient team out in Afghanistan, and the only reason why they were still alive was because of that resilience. This is what the military molds us to be. We have to be strong, flexible and able to recover quickly, it’s just the nature of the beast.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

― Steve Maraboli

Finally Can Explore Off Base

What is Phase 2 on Fort Sam Houston?

Very simply stated, phase 2 for military personnel means freedom. Fort Sam Houston, Texas is a joint military base that teaches us all about medicine. Since being here in a student status there are phases we have to abide by. Phase 1 means you can not leave base. Phase 2 means you can wear civilian clothes and stay off base until 2200. Phase 3 means you can stay off base until midnight and have the option of staying overnight. I am finally phase 2! Freedom at last. I know most wouldn’t know what to think of it. It’s a mind boggling idea don’t get me wrong. But, being able to explore San Antonio has been so far and this is only the beginning.

San Antonio is such a cute and historic city. From The Alamo to the Riverwalk and everything in between. Today has only been my first night out exploring and we actually found ourselves over at La Cantera Shops. Everyone needs a little retail therapy and a nice walk through shops sometimes. The weekends coming up only has more opportunity for places to explore! I love being in a new place, a new State to explore and check out. The shops, the food the attractions are all here and accessible. It is always nice to go out and enjoy the weather (when it decides to be nice) and just walk around and explore. Here is to new friends, new adventures and new brunch places! Stay tuned!

November 11th 2019

“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian, I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground.

– Thomas M. Smith

October 16th 2019

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

– Ronald Reagan

Sometimes I think that we have forgotten this as a whole. Quite honestly it breaks my heart because I know what we have fought for, and how hard we have been fighting.

Getting Back That Sea bag

Why did I decide to go back to the Navy?

Making the decision to join the Navy again after I got off of active duty was no brainer for me deep down…I wanted to. Here’s a little back story though so you guys aren’t too lost yet. I joined the Navy back in 2013 as an excited 19 year old kid that wanted some more adventure in her life. Fast forward to June of 2018. I was a DC3 who was well rounded. I was a 24 year old who THOUGHT that what I wanted had NOTHING to do with the Navy anymore. I ended up being so wrong. So, I decided to just get out and receive my Honorable Discharge and go to the IRR (inactive-ready-reserve). I never thought that within less than a year I would be back in the Navy as a reservist, but here I am. Truth is I missed it. I missed the boat life ( its odd trust me), I missed the camaraderie, the tasks that I was able to deal with and learn about. Most importantly I missed the people, the little family I made. That’s why I decided to join the Navy Reserves again. I wanted that military, patriotic, do or die, balls to the wall teamwork and family feel. So here I am based out of Alameda, CA now technically an HM3 waiting to go to a new tech school next January. I couldn’t be more excited and happier that I made this decision. I’m ready for another adventure in my book.

Was It Hard Joining The Reserves?

A lot of veterans, especially when they get out of active duty decide to just say they’re finished with the military once and for all….Truth is, a majority of us decide to come back because we miss that feeling. It’s almost like having an empty void in your soul. I thought joining the reserves was going to be difficult. It wasn’t quite easy but it definitely was manageable. Prior service members have to go to a recruiter that deals with them being active before. They’re called Prior Service Recruiters, pretty simple right? Kind of, the hard part is finding one. In my area there were only 2! Can you believe that? There was one located here in the Alameda NOSQ that I worked with and then there is also one in the Concord Armed Forces office. My recruiter made the process very easy, very straightforward. The only catch that I had was that I had to change my rate (job). It was kind of bittersweet for me because I loved being a DC (damage controlman- shipboard firefighter), I loved almost everything about it. However, the rate that was open for me was HM ( corpsman- medic), and that’s what I initially wanted when I joined the Navy. Switching to HM was a little sad but it is also really beneficial to me personally because of what I do in my civilian life as well. I have been in the Reserves since February of 2019. I love it, of course there is the normal about of BS I deal with, but I’m back in the uniform and learning new things that I love. I feel like the void is filled in again and I knew deep down this is what I want. I’m still learning the ropes of the reserves because it is VERY different than active duty.

Being a reservist is a great opportunity if you have a civilian career, but still want to do something militaristic in your life or fill an empty void. I’m going on 6 years and I can’t wait to see where I will travel to next or what I will learn next. If anyone has any questions please feel free to leave me a message! I will definitely have more posts that I will be adding!

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

– Dan Lipinski