Spotlight Sailor – AWF1 Rebecca Campbell
AWF1 Rebecca A. Campbell
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Rebecca A. Campbell
Petty Officer First Class, Naval Aircrewman Mechanical, Selected Reserve
Administrative Assistant for Delaware Department of Transportation’s Public Works and assistant to the Public Works Engineer
Marlton, New Jersey (resides in Magnolia, Delaware)
Aviation Warfare Specialist 1st Class Rebecca A. Campbell was the plane captain that launched Lt. Carol Watts, the first female pilot into war (Desert Fox) off the deck of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during 1998–1999 tour. Campbell was chosen by Adm. Cutler Dawson to represent the Navy on the Today Show because of her love for America and her passion for our sea-service. The mayor of Magnolia selected here to be on the Comprehensive Plan Review Board, where she was instrumental in assuring the growth and prosperity of her town. Also, she and her rescue crew earned recognition from the Government of Japan for responding to a distress signal of an injured fisherman in the Pacific Ocean.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
I had many wonderful experiences that I’d never be able to have as a civilian. I have fed orphans in Africa, went 4 x4 in the desert in Bahrain, been honored by the Japanese Government for saving a Japanese National, moved survivors of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans to Texas and Florida, moved soldiers bodies from Afghanistan to Dover Air Force Base for proper burial, carried comrades to the desert for individual augmentation assignments, been to most major countries and almost every state in the US; I’ve flown Congress to meetings and ensured the silent drill team made it to their next gig on time. All this and more, through the Reserves. I had a heck of a ride.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserves allows me to continue to serve my country while having a civilian life. I love that I can still get the time, the tools and the training the Navy affords Reservists to better themselves as a sailor as well as a human being. I joined because I didn’t want to completely leave the Navy and I wanted to finish my degree. The Navy Reserve was the answer to all my prayers. It was an incredible experience. I was able to continue with school, travel when I could and still have a career on the outside.
In my Navy…
my number one job is training junior sailors. They are our future, our replacements in the Navy. I want them to be better than me. I want them to be afforded the opportunities I took advantage of as a Regular Navy Sailor and as a Reservist. If you don’t take part in amazing experiences in the Navy Reserves, then you’re missing out and you haven’t tried hard enough. You have to ask questions about the people and jobs around you and seek a way to experience the aspect that inspires you. I like to leave a place better than I’ve found it. And I really like the diversity, whether it is diversity in people or jobs. I can do and experience all of that in the Reserves. That is what makes me love it, more and more every day.